Session: The importance of global collaboration in a world of Brexit and Geo Political Shift
The world is changing. We live in a time of shifts in long term political allegiances between governments, and political conscious decouplings of which Brexit was one of the clearest but very definitely only a part of the shifts happening across the globe.
For the first time, Tech in inextricably linked to government and politics, through its provision of the State and economy's infrastructures and its shift through social media to providing the source of news and individuals' interactions with friends and family.
Our Governments are calling for Digital and Data Sovereignty and using open source technologies built by global communities to create this. It is the only way to do so at pace and in an economic way.
How can those global communities and each of us meet these challenges?
- An understanding of the interaction between Government and technology in 2021
- Contextualising global political shift and technology
- Building awareness of the importance of global collaboration to the most innovative technology
- Improved understanding of opportunities in a post Brexit UK
- an increased understanding of the huge hidden value of open source to the UK economy
Amanda is CEO of the UK body for “open technology being open source software, open hardware and open data”, OpenUK; the Chair of the Open Source and Intellectual Property (IP) Advisory Group of the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs; European Representative of the world’s biggest defensive patent pool, the Open Invention Network; OASIS Open Projects' Advisory Council Member (open source and open standards); Advisory Board Member KDE; and Mentors C Suite individuals.
Amanda has previously been joint-organiser of the UK Open Source Awards in 2019, having been a judge of the awards in 2014 and 2015; CEO of the Trustable Software Engineering Project, a project focused on solutions to risk in Open Source Software during 2019 and continues as a Director of this organisation; General Counsel of Canonical, one of the world’s biggest open source companies and the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, setting up the global legal team and running this for 5 years having worked as a lead lawyer in a variety of sectors, ranging from .com to a data centre and Fintech on the mobile, across EMEA, US, AsiaPac and Emerging Markets, based out of both the UK and Amsterdam.
As well as many years of structuring and negotiating a multitude of deals, Amanda’s roles have included contribution to, and leadership of, a number of multi-organisational collaborative projects and open source initiatives. She has expertise in open source software, collaboration across businesses, strategy, governance, IP, compliance audits, policies and processes as well as commercialisation and contracting including digital and open source and provides consultancy and advisory services around these. She has worked in digital transformation since 2000.
Amanda was a member of the Open Stack Drafting Committee during its set up in 2012 and has a long-standing engagement with and understanding of the platform economy.
She is a regular international keynote speaker, podcast guest and panel member and as an author covers digital, open source, collaboration and legal issues, in particular open for good and commercial models of open source and has written for both academic journals and the tech press including Information Age, the Reg and CBRdigital. She is an Executive Editor and co-Founder of the Journal of Open Law Technology and Society (formerly IFOSSLR), a Fellow of the Open Forum Academy.
Amanda is the Editor of the book, Free and Open Source Software: Law, Policy and Practice”, 2nd Edition, to be published by Oxford University Press in Summer 2021 with open access sponsored by the Vietsch Foundation and contributed to by 20 leading figures in global open source.
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