Confirmed speakers at GoOpen Arctic Forum are:
Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system (see www.gnu.org) in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, with or without changes. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens
of millions of computers today. Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award, and the the Takeda Award forSocial/Economic Betterment, as well as several honorary doctorates.
Cat Allman, Group Manager – Outreach, Open Source Programs Office at Google
Håkon W. Lie, Opera Software
Håkon Wium Lie (born 1965 in Halden, Norway) is a web pioneer, a standards activist, and, as of 2011, the Chief Technology Officer of Opera Software. He is best known for proposing the concept of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) while working with Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau at CERN in 1994.
Chris Dibona, Google
Chris DiBona is the open source and public sector engineering manager at Google. His team oversees license compliance and supports the open source developer community through programs such as the Google Summer of Code and through the release of open source software projects and patches on Google Code.Before joining Google, he was an editor at Slashdot and co-founded Damage Studios.
Olof is a Swedish national and holds an MSc and was for many years Head of the TeliaSonera, the Swedish/Finnish Telecommunications group’s Brussels office, where he was responsible for relations to the EU institutions for Telecommunications policy matters.
Walter Bender is technologist and researcher who has made important contributions in the field of electronic publishing, media, and technology for learning. Bende led, as executive director, the MIT Media Lab between 2000 and 2006. More recently, Bender served as president of One Laptop per Child for Software and Content where he coordinated the development of software and content including the Sugar interface for the XO-1 Children’s Machine computer.
Bente is a PHD candidate at Dep. of Media and Communication at Universty of Oslo. Bente is one of the leading expert on technology and politics in Norway with special focus on open data.
Shafik is one of Africa’s foremost experts in eLearning and the use of technology in development. She has worked with UNESCO, UNICEF, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Cisco and Microsoft. She was formerly the founding Executive Director of SchoolNet Africa