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Deborah Bryant

Policy Adviser at the Eclipse Foundation

Deborah Bryant provides guidance to a number of open source foundations including the Eclipse Foundation where she serves as their Policy Advisor.

Deborah draws her perspective from an industry-diverse background; Parallel and high-speed computing and commercialized internet and web applications in the 80s, commercial wide area networks, advanced telecommunications and data/voice convergence in the 90s, and worked squarely in the middle of the industry disruption created by open source software thereafter in private, public, and academic sectors. Prior to her recent return to non-profit public policy work she led Red Hat’s Open Source Program Office for eight years.

Deborah serves on numerous boards where open source is a critical element of their mission in the public interest including DemocracyLab, on the advisory boards of Open Source Elections Technology Foundation, and the OASIS Open Project. She also serves as an advisor to the Brandeis University Open Technology Management program. She is Board Director Emeritus with the Open Source Initiative and a former Eclipse Foundation board director.

Her published research work includes the adoption and use of open source software in the public sector (PWC and CENATIC Foundation of Spain) and the use of Open Source Software for CyberSecurity in the Energy Industry (US Department of Energy and Energy Security Security Consortium).