Speaker - Karen Sandler


Travels From: New York City
Topics: Free Culture, Legal Issues in Free and Open Software, Open Source Software and Medical Devices

Karen Sandler is a lawyer and free culture activist specialising in the defense of Free, Libre, and Open Source Software. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation, the custodian of the free software GNOME Project. Until June 2011, she served as General Counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center. She has also worked as an associate in the corporate departments of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in New York and Clifford Chance in New York and London. Karen received her bachelor's degree in engineering from The Cooper Union and her law degree from Columbia Law School in 2000, where she was a James Kent Scholar and co-founder of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, and she is approved to practice law in the State of New York. Karen is also an officer of the Software Freedom Conservancy.

In addition to her abovementioned work, Karen's experience trying to obtain the source code for her pacemaker has formed the basis for her activism around medical devices and open software. You can see her speaking about this below in "Freedom: From My Heart to the Desktop" a keynote talk she delivered at OSCon (Open Source Convention) in July 2011: