Amanda Brock is CEO of OpenUK the UK organisation for the business of Open Technology – open source software, open hardware, open data, open innovation and open standards - with a purpose of UK Leadership and Global Collaboration in Open Technology. She is also the Executive Producer of State of Open Con 24 taking place 6 and 7 February 2024 in London.
She is an appointed member of the Cabinet Office's Open Standards Board; Advisory Board Member Mimoto; Advisory Board member KDE, UKRI Exoscale Science and Industry Advisory Board Member, UKRI Digtial Research Advisory Group Member, Distinguished Fellow Rust Foundation, Speaker Board Mojaloop, and European Representative of the Open Invention Network.
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, Initiative; was a Member of the British Computer Society Inaugural Influence Board; and of the UK Government Energy Sector Digitalisation Task Force Advisory Board; as well as being an elected Board Member of the Open Source Initiative. Formerly General Counsel of Canonical for 5 years from 2008 she set up and ran their legal function and has been part of the open source community since.
Amanda is a judge in the IDG Foundry CIO 100 2023 having been a Judge in the We are Tech Women Rising Star Awards 2020-22.
Listed as the 37th Most Influential Woman in UK Tech by Computer Weekly in 2023 and in Computing’s IT Leaders 100 2023, she is again included in the 2022 and 2023 Involve HERoes list of 100 global women executives driving change by example. In 2022 she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards UK 2022 and included as one of 23 women honoured as a trailblazing women in the law by the “Women Who Will Report 2023.” She is shortlisted for the Women In Tech Excellence Awards Role Model of the Year and Hero of the Year categories for 2023.
Amanda writes regularly for the tech press and 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 https://amandabrock.com/books/.
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