Brussels / 2 & 3 February 2019


Bradley M. Kuhn

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Bradley M. Kuhn is Distinguished Technologist at Software Freedom Conservancy and editor-in-chief of A lifelong software freedom activist, Kuhn is most known for his work in GPL enforcement and building non-profit organizational structures to advance software freedom.

Kuhn began his work in the software freedom movement as a volunteer in 1992, when he became an early adopter of GNU/Linux, and began contributing to various Free Software projects. He worked during the 1990s as a system administrator and software developer for various companies, and taught AP Computer Science at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. Kuhn's non-profit career began in 2000, when he was hired by the FSF. As FSF's Executive Director from 2001–2005, Kuhn led FSF's GPL enforcement, launched its Associate Member program, and invented the Affero GPL. Kuhn was appointed President of Software Freedom Conservancy in April 2006, was Conservancy's primary volunteer from 2006–2010, and has been a full-time staffer since early 2011. Kuhn holds a summa cum laude B.S. in Computer Science from Loyola University in Maryland, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati. Kuhn's Master's thesis discussed methods for dynamic interoperability of Free Software programming languages. Kuhn received the O'Reilly Open Source Award in 2012, in recognition for his lifelong policy work on copyleft licensing. Kuhn has a blog and co-hosts the audcast, Free as in Freedom.



Title Day Room Track Start End
Can Anyone Live in Full Software Freedom Today?
Confessions of Activists Who Try But Fail to Avoid Proprietary Software
Saturday Janson Keynotes 10:00 10:50
Making Sense of so many License Compliance Tools Saturday UA2.220 (Guillissen) Legal and Policy Issues 15:00 15:50
Organizer's Panel -- Now and Forever Saturday UA2.220 (Guillissen) Legal and Policy Issues 18:00 18:50