The Future: Harnessing the Power of Open Source

26 04 2010

FutureWeb 2010 Conference, Raleigh, N.C., April 30, 1:30-3 p.m.

Chair: Tom Rabon, executive vice president for corporate affairs for Red Hat. He has over 25 years of experience working in government and the private sector, including working with international governments to create opportunities in emerging markets such as China and South America. Rabon previously served as the vice president of Global Government Affairs at Lucent and the state vice president of Law and Government affairs at AT&T.

Panel description: Many of the greatest innovations of the 21st century have been made possible by the movement toward broad-based participation and collaboration. Wikipedia, the Human Genome Project and Facebook are just a few examples of harnessing participation and transparency of process to deliver a successful outcome. As a vehicle for economic and social change, the power of open source is immeasurable in changing how people learn, how developers create and how companies do business. This panel will explore the future of open source and how society can unlock the value of information by sharing it. The panel will aim to specifically isolate the key challenges and opportunities in the looming future for open source and the Web and it will work to identify some specific action steps that can be taken today to work for a better tomorrow.


  • Michael Tiemann

    Michael Tiemann, vice president of open source affairs for Red Hat. His pioneering open source work led to the creation of leading open source technologies and the first open source business mode. He is the co-founder of Cygnus Solutions, the first company to provide commercial support for open source software. Tiemann is the author of the GNU C++ compiler, the first native-code C++ compiler and debugger.

  • Chris DiBona

    Chris DiBona, open source and public programs manager for Google. DiBona and his team oversee projects like the Summer of Code, which works to oversee license compliance and supports the open source developer community. He also works with Google Moderator, the polling locations API. DiBona has an international reputation for promoting open source software and related methodologies. His personal blog can be found at

  • Brian Bouterse

    Brian Bouterse, research associate at the Secure Open Systems Initiative with NC State University and networking and systems specialist at The Friday Institute. He has previously worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant at NC State University. Bouterse specializes in cloud services, networking and distributed computing. View his LinkedIn public profile at

For more information about FutureWeb 2010 panel discussions, featured panelists and more, click here to navigate to the FutureWeb site. To register for the conference, visit the FutureWeb registration page.




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30 04 2010
DAY THREE of FUTUREWEB starts NOW! « Imagining the Internet's FutureWeb Blog

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