Simon Phipps

The Third Decade of Open Source:
Why It Worked and What's Next

Simon Phipps is a consultant providing insight and knowledge on open source, digital rights and the emerging meshed economy to businesses and governments worldwide, as the founding principal of Meshed Insights Ltd.

He is a pro bono director of the UK’s Open Rights Group and of The Document Foundation, creators of LibreOffice and of the Open Source Initiative (OSI), the non-profit organization that acts as steward of the canonical list of open source licenses and the Open Source Definition. He is currently president of OSI.

At Sun Microsystems, Simon served as chief open source officer, coordinating Sun’s extensive participation in free and open source software communities. In that role he oversaw the conversion to free software of the full Java platform, the Solaris UNIX operating system, the SPARC architecture and the rest of Sun’s broad software portfolio, all under OSI-approved free licenses.


Simon holds a degree in electronic engineering and is a former Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the British Computer Society. Read more about Simon at

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