William John Sullivan

For other uses, see John Sullivan (disambiguation).
John Sullivan

John Sullivan at Free Software Foundation event, June 2006.
Born William John Sullivan
(1976-12-06) December 6, 1976
Residence Boston, MA[1]
Employer Free Software Foundation[2]

William John Sullivan (more commonly known as John Sullivan[3]) (born December 6, 1976) is a software freedom activist, hacker, and writer. John is currently executive director[4] of the Free Software Foundation, where he has worked since early 2003. He is also a speaker and webmaster for the GNU Project. He also maintains the Plannermode and delicious-el packages for the GNU Emacs text editor.

Active in both the free software and free culture communities, Sullivan has a BA in philosophy from Michigan State University and an MFA in Writing and Poetics. In college, Sullivan was a successful policy debater, reaching finals of CEDA Nationals and the semifinals of the National Debate Tournament.[5]

Until 2007, John was the main contact behind the Defective by Design, BadVista and Play Ogg campaigns. He also served as the chief-webmaster for the GNU Project, until July 2006.[6]

He has served as Executive Director of the Free Software Foundation since 2011.

As a speaker for the GNU Project

Matthew Garrett and John Sullivan at LibrePlanet 2016

John currently delivers speeches on the following topics,[7] in English:


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