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Where does open source fit within government and the public sector, where is it being used successfully and how is it being used/ where are the challenges? How should governments and our public sector be tackling the future of our digital infrastructure based on open source software? What is the right approach to policy around open source software? Should open source be regulated and if so, why and what is the proportionate and appropriate approach to this? How is the community based nature of open source different to traditional proprietary software, what is the impact of this to the public sector? Should standards be open and if so, why and how do we ensure better creation and adoption of more open standards?

As with all tracks in 2024, this track will include AI openness and the benefits and challenges of this relevant to track topics.

This year’s CFP is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted content this year.  Our CFP Committees are busy reviewing all of the submissions and we aim to announce the conference schedule by 15th December.

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Judy Parnall


Head of Standards & Industry in the BBC Research & Development 


Floriane Fidegnon-Edoh
CFP Chair

Consultant, BMNT


Anthony Harrison

Founder & Director, APH10


Sal Kimmich

Open Source Security

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Peter Zaitsev

Founder, Percona

Jan Ainali

Codebase Steward

Michael Schwartz

Founder & CEO, Gluu


Priya Nair

IP Policy Counsel


Jennifer Tridgell

PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge


Julian Tait

Co-founder & CEO, Open Data Manchester


Kris Bondi

CEO & Co-founder, Mimoto

Malvika Sharan

Senior Researcher – Open Research, The Alan Turing Institute

Malvika Sharan

CFP Committee

Rebecca Taylor

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Chris Eastham

Chief Legal Officer, OpenUK


Tandy Nicole

Marc Strathie

Magdalena Rzaca