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Simon Phipps

Simon Phipps is a technologist, writer and digital rights advocate. He is the founder of Europe’s first public open source project incubator, Public Software CIC, and of open source policy and practice consultancy Meshed Insights Ltd. He volunteers widely on digital rights matters, including as a director of The Document Foundation (home of the LibreOffice software suite). He was previously head of open source and standards at Sun Microsystems and a founder of IBM’s Java business unit, among other industry roles. He has been involved in a number of standardisation activities, including as a founding director of the Open Mobile Alliance and as one of the Sun executives sponsoring the donation of resources to OASIS to create Open Document Format (ODF). He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society as well as an Open Forum Fellow. Find more at his personal web page.