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!