Molly de Blanc, 2019

Last modified by Patrick Masson on 2019/05/03 19:38

A photo of two women presenting individuals speaking at DebConf 18

About me:

I have been involved with Free, Libre, Open Source Software (FLOSS) since 2008, and have spent the last three years serving on the Open Source Initiative Board of Directors. 

I work at the Free Software Foundation (FSF) as the campaigns manager, organizing and educating around issues related to software freedom and ethics in technology. I am a Debian Developer, through which I am a delegate on the Outreach team organizing participation in Google Summer of Code and Outreachy, and a member of the Anti-harassment team. Previously, I was the community coordinator for the Open edX project and a research assistant studying youth and the internet at the Berkman (Klein) Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. I volunteer with the Software Freedom Conservancy, and recently organized a $15,000 matching donation for their 2018 end of the year fundraiser.

I care deeply about the FLOSS community and ecosystem as a whole, and want to see it succeed in as many ways as possible. I would like to continue to serve on the OSI board for another three years to continue our work to build a better future though FLOSS.

I play in a band, ride a bike, blog about baking and FLOSS, and climb.

Why I am running for re-election

Over the past three years I've served as a director on the Open Source Initiative board of directors. IMy time on the board has been productive and I would like to continue the work I've started. The OSI needs a working board: I understand what tthe job requires, and am able to put in the effort.

Being on a working board isn't glamorous -- it involves long phone calls and meetings in exciting places you never get to see; following the Licensing-Discuss and Licensing-Review mailing lists in order to understand what is happening in the world of FLOSS licensing; and spending a lot of time thinking about what it means for software to be free and open. It's also fun -- getting to share your excitement for FLOSS while you spend hours at conference booths; building a future for the greater FLOSS community; and spending time thinking and talking about FLOSS.

Concrete things I want to continue and start working on over the next three years include:

  • building opportunities for affiliate engagement through regular calls with affiliates, providing them a space to share ideas and work with the OSI, but also share their current projects with one another;
  • growing the OSI affiliate membership in measurable ways, especially among communities and geographies underrepresented in the OSI and the FLOSS community at large;   
  • creating the infrastructure for the individual members of OSI affiliates to join the OSI;   
  • increasing funding opportunities to expand and support the education, outreach, and standards work of the OSI;   
  • representing the OSI at events around the world; and   
  • providing a voice for the ideas behind user and software freedom and their necessity for building a strong future in a world with computing technology becoming increasingly present and pervasive.    

I hope to continue serving on the OSI board of directors and working with my fellow directors on taking FLOSS to new heights. I can be reached over email, Twitter, and the Fediverse, as well as here. If you would like to read more about why I am running, you can on my blog.

This photo is a screen grab from a video from DebConf 18. The image was captured by Patrick Masson. The video is licensed under a CC-BY-SA license.


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