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<h1>Jonas Öberg joins FSFE as Executive Director</h1>
<p>FSFE has recruited long-time Free
Software activist Jonas Öberg to be the organisation's
Executive Director. He joins the organisation's leadership
team on March 1.
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<p>Jonas
Öberg is one of FSFE's founding members, and was the
organisation's vice president from 2001 through 2008. He has
considerable experience in managing Free Software-related
projects and organisations. Before joining as the organisation's
Executive Director, he has been a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow
working on the Elog.io project to create a global provenance
repository for creative works, worked as Creative Commons'
regional coordinator in Europe, lectured in Software Engineering
and built up the conference FSCONS in its original form.
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Jonas first started volunteering for Free Software in 1998,
while studying mathematics at a university level. Finding the
classes in computer science much more interesting than
mathematics, he soon found Free Software and began volunteering
for the Free Software Foundation as chief webmaster for the
GNU Project. Through the years, he's also participated in
Debian, the GNOME project, and authored the occasional software
himself.
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<blockquote><p>"We're absolutely delighted to have Jonas on
board," says Karsten Gerloff, FSFE's president. "FSFE's
volunteers and staff are enourmously dedicated and
motivated. Jonas will channel this energy into an even
greater capacity for action. Thanks to him, we will be able
to achieve so much more for Free Software."</p></blockquote>
<blockquote><p>"We face a need to secure the legal, social
and technical foundations of Free Software, as well as continuing
the work of raising awareness of Free Software," says Jonas Öberg.
"Those are challenges that I very much look forward to tackling
together with our staff, Fellows and volunteers across Europe and
elsewhere, as well as in collaboration with other organisations."
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