Stephen Jacobs is a professor, video game designer, and open source advocate. Jacobs is the faculty lead for free and open source programs at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s MAGIC Center. RIT is the first university in the United States to offer an interdisciplinary minor in free and open source software and free culture, a multidisciplinary effort led by Jacobs.
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Chris Wright is a computer programmer and Linux developer. He has contributed to many parts of the Linux kernel and is the maintainer of the Linux Security Module (LSM) Framework. Wright is also Chief Technology Officer of Red Hat which provides commercial support to corporations that want to use Linux and other open source software.
Deborah Bryant is an open source expert and advocate. Bryant heads the open source and standards team at Red Hat. Prior to that, she spent a decade in government and was Deputy CIO for the State of Oregon. Bryant’s advocacy for the use of open source in government led her to found the Government Open Source Conference and serve on numerous boards and councils including Open Source for America, Code for America, DemocracyLab, and the Open Source Initiative.
Lou Montulli is a computer programmer best known for his work on web browsers. Montulli created the browser cookie, which provides a way for websites to identify users across visits. He is also the author of Lynx — a text web browser that preceded the graphical browsers in use today. Montulli is widely credited as being the instigator behind one of the web’s first “easter eggs”: the blink element — a secret HTML tag that would cause text in web pages to “blink” on and off.