Lior Kaplan

Description of the candidate: 

I'm Lior, although most people call me by my family name - Kaplan.

I'm a long time Open Source supporter (details below) and happy to be a candidate, and especially on behalf of the Debian GNU/Linux project.

I got exposed to Open Source 20 years ago during high school, since then it became my main field of interest and later also my job . I've been a Debian Developer since 2005, after getting involved in 2003 as a user and the Hebrew Translator and later a Debian Developer who was interested in supporting languages. I'm also a member of the OpenOffice project, which in 2010 transitioned into LibreOffice and I became a member of the Document Foundation. I also took part in the PHP project, handling security information and CVE IDs among other things. Today, I'm an Open Source Consultant - helping businesses do Open Source, most recently, leading KICS, a leading open source project in the area of Infrastructure as Code (which also got adopted by GitLab)

My goals

My goal with running to the board is promoting OSI to newer territories outside North America and Europe, reaching more people and making it more relevant for the day to day of Open Source people & companies. I have the experience of sitting on the board of a few technological associations in Israel, one of them with the goal of promoting open source and free software. I have a special interest in the licensing / legal group of OSI, but want to promote other less technical activities OSI does (or should do).

My main two topics I wish to promote as part of the OSI is Open Source sustainability, encouraging companies to avoid tragedy of the commons and to contribute back in various ways. The second is working to replace the Open Source like licenses which aren't actually Open Source. I believe those cause much confusion and we need to strengthen the importance of OSI approved licenses  as Open Source.

(I'm not ignoring the background to the creation of some of these licenses)

Type of seat: 

To promote and protect open source software and communities...

For over 20 years the Open Source Initiative (OSI) has worked to raise awareness and adoption of open source software, and build bridges between open source communities of practice. As a global non-profit, the OSI champions software freedom in society through education, collaboration, and infrastructure, stewarding the Open Source Definition (OSD), and preventing abuse of the ideals and ethos inherent to the open source movement.

Open source software is made by many people and distributed under an OSD-compliant license which grants all the rights to use, study, change, and share the software in modified and unmodified form. Software freedom is essential to enabling community development of open source software.