CivicActions Brings Legal Compliance Discussion to Free & Open Source Community at FOSDEM 2017

FOSDEM 2017At FOSDEM 2017, thousands of developers will convene to share, learn, and collaborate on the latest issues surrounding free and open source software (FOSS). The conference will be held February 4 – 5 in Brussels.

With 607 speakers, 653 events, and 54 tracks lined up, FOSDEM is a gold mine of valuable information for the open source community. For a smaller group setting, ‘dev rooms’ give teams a chance to collaboratively hack, brainstorm, and present lightning talks.

I’ll be speaking in the Legal and Policy track about the EU’s new privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a technology-neutral law that will have widespread impact on how individuals and businesses use computers and the Internet worldwide.

My talk will examine key elements of the GDPR that provide opportunity for increased adoption of free software, and how FOSS developers can align their efforts with the GDPR to promote individual’s privacy and on-line autonomy.

I look forward to networking and learning with the open source community at this world-class event!

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About the Author:

Marc joined CivicActions as a Security and Compliance Engineer in 2016, combining his background as an experienced technologist with intensive research on privacy law to continually improve security processes and ensure regulatory compliance. Having worked in IT since the age of 16, he enjoys the challenge of applying ever-evolving technologies to meet the real world needs of people.

Marc is inspired by the work of taking two disparate rule sets — legal regulations and computer systems — and making them play well together. His fascination with privacy and data security law, coupled with a formidable work ethic, make him a champion solver of complex security problems.

Prior to joining CivicActions, Marc used his technical expertise to bolster the educational platform of the internationally recognized firm TeachPrivacy. Collaborating closely with the leading authority on privacy law, Marc researched current trends in data security and determined the best ways to apply them in technical environments.

For more than ten years, Marc assisted and guided operations for the Student Affairs IT Department at the University of Connecticut, where he provided technical leadership, risk management, and workflow improvement. Simultaneously, Marc pursued his J.D. degree and worked at several legal internships — a schedule that he deems justified by the fact that it allowed him to organize a conference on human rights in Nicaragua, and graduate from law school debt-free.

Marc spent four years serving first as an Attorney Fellow and then as Staff Counsel at Software Freedom Law Center, where he gave advice and direction on open source licensing and compliance to high profile clients such as Free Software Foundation, Gnome, and Debian.

Marc earned a B.A. from the University of Connecticut and graduated summa cum laude with a J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law. He is an Attorney and admitted to practice in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. Marc is a CIPP/US and CISSP; he also holds a certificate in Data Protection Practice from the Irish Law Society.

Together with his girlfriend and an assortment of pets, Marc lives in Enfield, Connecticut, where he enjoys a riverside view and easy access to kayaking. He loves hiking, baking bread, and going on awesome annual vacations with his siblings. Due to his habit of over-studying, he also knows way too much about riparian water rights, and is still waiting for that to come up at the bar on trivia night.