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Amanda Brock

CEO, OpenUK

Amanda Brock is CEO of OpenUK the UK body for the business of Open Technology (open source software, open hardware and open data); Executive Producer of State of Open Con;  elected Board Member, Open Source Initiative; appointed member of the Cabinet Office Open Standards; British Computer Society Inaugural Influence Board Member; Advisory Board Member, KDE, Planet Crust, Everseen, and Mimoto; Charity Trustee Creative Crieff and GeekZone; and European Representative of the Open Invention Network.  She previously chaired the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs Open Source and IP Advisory Group and was a member of the OASIS Open Projects and Government Energy Sector Digitalisation Task Force Advisory Boards.

She is the editor of Open Source Law, Policy and Practice (2nd edition) published by Oxford University Press in October 2022, with open access thanks to the Vietsch Foundation.  A lawyer of 25 years’ experience, she previously chaired the Open Source and IP Advisory Group of the United Nations Technology Innovation Labs, sat on the OASIS Open Projects and UK Government Energy Sector Digitalisation Task Force Advisory Boards, and was General Counsel of Canonical for 5 years.

With law degrees from the University of Glasgow, New York University and Queen Mary and Westfield, Amanda was part of the first cohort to study internet law in the UK. She spent 25 years practising law and almost 20 of those across companies in a variety of sectors, with a strong technology focus. She was the first lawyer to work on the ISP Freeserve from 1999 and a member of the team which took it to Europe’s first dotcom IPO. She joined Canonical as General Counsel setting up and running the global legal team for 5 years from 2008.

An international keynote speaker, Amanda writes regularly for the technology press, and is Editor of Open Source, Law, Policy and Practise, being published open access (sponsored by Vietsch Foundation) by Oxford University Press in September 2022 and which will be the subject of a MOOC.

Amanda was awarded the 2022 UK Lifetime Achievement Award in the Women, Influence & Power Awards, and included in Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in Tech Long list in 2021 and in their UK Tech50 longlist for 2022.

She was included in the 2022 https://heroes.involverolemodels.org/ Involve HERoes list of 100 global women executives driving change by example

and listed as one of 20 CEO’s to Watch https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6777656310428135424/,

https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandabrocktech

 

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