[Air-L] JITP 2010: Politics of Open Source - Early Registration is Open

Stuart Shulman stuart.shulman at gmail.com
Wed Mar 17 03:21:45 PDT 2010

JITP 2010: Politics of Open Source
May 6 & 7, 2010
University of Massachusetts Amherst


The Politics of Open Source is an interdisciplinary conference organized by
the Journal of Information Technology and Politics (JITP) that examines the
politics associated with the Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS)

Early registration is open until March 20.

The conference features two keynote lectures:

Eric von Hippel, Professor and Head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Group at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at
Harvard Law School. Dr. von Hippel specializes in research related to the
nature and economics of distributed and open innovation. He also develops
and teaches about practical methods that firms can use to improve their
product and service development processes. He is the author of Democratizing
Innovation (MIT Press, 2005) and The Sources of Innovation (Oxford, 1988).

Clay Johnson, Director of Sunlight Labs. Prior joining Sunlight, Clay was
one of the four founders of Blue State Digital, the progressive left's
premier technology and online strategy firm. This firm, which was born out
of the Howard Dean campaign, was also responsible for Barack Obama's Web
presence. At Blue State Digital, Clay was responsible for developing the
organization's brand and building its initial client roster. He also had a
hand at building some of the company's early technical tools. Before joining
Blue State, Johnson was the lead programmer for Dean for America in 2004,
overseeing the development of grassroots tools like GetLocal, DeanLink and
Project Commons. Prior to entering politics, Johnson was a technologist at
Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com) where he helped to develop the company's Web
syndication product. He also started the first Internet Knowledge Exchange,
KnowPost.com, and worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence at a Venture
Capital firm, but still claims that he learned the most from his first job
-- as a waiter at Waffle House in Atlanta, Georgia.

For more information and to register, visit

The conference is supported by Microsoft, Google, UMass Department of
Computer Science, Texifter, the Qualitative Data Analysis Program, and the
National Center for Digital Government.

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