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Russell McOrmond is the policy coordinator for CLUE, operating out of his office in Canada's capital of Ottawa. This location gives him that much easier access to the federal government, including bureaucrats and members of parliament.
He joined the Free Software movement back in early 1992. He was authoring Fidonet software for his Amiga and wanted his work licensed in a way that work that was built on his work would remain free. (See post to gnu.misc.discuss)
He was a member of the gnu.misc.discuss forum when Linus Torvalds was seeking advise on choosing a license for his new operating system kernel, and moved from NetBSD running on his Amiga to Linux running on an earlier Pentium computer based on Linus's choice of the GNU General Public License.
He started his own business in 1995 called FLORA Community Consulting.
While his love of using, studying and building upon Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) continues, he turned his attention to public policy work in 2001 with the announcement of a federal government consultation on copyright. He formed a mailing list called Canada-DMCA-opponents to coordinate with other Canadians who opposed the thinking expressed in the USA's Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This later became the Digital Copyright Canada forum which continues to act as a place to coordinate citizen efforts for reasonable copyright and related technology law in Canada.
He co-founded the community of practise called Getting Open Source Logic INto Governments (GOSLING) in May of 2002.
He joined the team at CLUE in early 2006.
Within CLUE, Russell's policy focus is to advocate to protect the the right of the owners of computers to make their own software choices, and further to seek to remove any legal or other barriers that would favour non-FLOSS software over FLOSS.
Secondary goals include promoting peer production and peer distribution as an advanced part of a full spectrum of methods of production, distribution and funding of knowledge. This is whether the knowledge is software or non-software, which would include Open Access for scientific and educational material and Creative Commons for shareable culture.
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