Open Standards, Interoperability and Government Procurement

November 2, 2006

co-sponsored by the Consumer Project on Technology (CPTech), Sun Microsystems, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Yale Information Society Project, the South Centre and IP Justice.

Hosted by the Athens Internet Governance Forum

Open Standards Page
Objectives and Purpose
Speaker Bios
    * Laura Denardis
    * Robin Gross
    * James Love
    * Susan Struble
    * Dr. Magdy H. Magi
Related Documents
Workshop Organizers
CPTech Page on IGF
CPTech Page on ODF

Laura DeNardis Laura DeNardis is a Visiting Fellow in the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Her research addresses the political, cultural, and legal dimensions of Internet technical protocols and network security standards, including issues of democracy and expertise relative to global Internet governance institutions. A technical expert in computer networking and security, Laura has published in numerous technical journals and served as a National Science Foundation reviewer in advanced network protocols, broadband innovations, and Internet security. Professionally, Laura was previously a management consultant in Ernst & Young?s information technology practice, taught for three years as an adjunct professor in the School of Information Technology and Engineering at George Mason University, and has spent many years as an independent network and security consultant. She holds engineering degrees from Dartmouth (A.B.) and Cornell University (M.Eng.) and received a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech. She can be reached at laura.denardis at

Robin Gross Robin D. Gross is founder and Executive Director of IP Justice an international civil liberties organization that promotes balanced intellectual property law and protects freedom of expression. An attorney, Ms. Gross advises policy makers throughout the world on the impact of intellectual property rules before national legislatures and in international treaties and trade agreements. Ms. Gross lectures at international seminars, law schools and universities on cyberspace legal issues including digital copyright, fair use, and Peer-2-Peer (P2P) file-sharing.

In May 2006 the UN Secretary General appointed Ms. Gross as Member of his Advisory Group to the UN Internet Governance Forum. Ms. Gross serves as a member of the High Technology Legal Advisory Board for Santa Clara University School of Law, where she teaches International Copyright Law. She represents the Non-Commercial Users (NCUC) Constituency on the GNSO Policy Council at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Union for the Public Domain, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. that is dedicated to protecting the public domain. Ms. Gross also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility - Peru, and for FreeMuse, an independent international organization based in Copenhagen that advocates freedom of expression for musicians and composers worldwide.

Before founding IP Justice in 2002, Ms. Gross was the first Staff Attorney for Intellectual Property with the cyber-liberties organization the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) where she began the group's campaign in intellectual property litigation in 1999.

A 1998 graduate of Santa Clara University's High Technology Law Program, Ms. Gross is licensed to practice law in California. A Michigan native, she graduated from Michigan State University's James Madison College in 1995 with degrees in political philosophy and international relations.

James Love is the Director of the Consumer Project on Technology, a non-government organization with offices in Washington, DC, London and Geneva. Information about CPTech is on the web at

An advisor to a number of UN agencies, national governments, international and regional intergovernmental organizations and public health NGOs, Mr. Love is US co-chair of the Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) Working Group on Intellectual Property, founder and Chairman of Essential Inventions, Chairman of the Union for the Public Domain, Chairman of the Civil Society Coalition, and members of the MSF working groups on Intellectual Property and Research and Development, the Adelphi Charter on Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Property and the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) Task Force on Intellectual Property.

Mr. Love was previously Senior Economist for the Frank Russell Company, a Lecturer at Rutgers University, and a researcher on international finance at Princeton University. Mr. Love received a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and a Masters in Public Affairs from the Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. lists some recent articles, reports and chapters.

Susan Struble is with IT Standardization and Government Policy, Sun Microsystems. Ms. Struble works to develop an environment that's conducive to continued global economic growth through interoperable IT systems. Technology standardization is the key tool of her job. In her role at Sun, she consults with other IT companies, Sun customers and governments on technology standardization policies that best serve economic and social needs. She also helps to guide Sun's decision making processes regarding technology standardization.

Ms. Struble received a B.A. in Government and Economics from Dartmouth College in the United States in 1993, with an emphasis on development and industrial policy. She received a Lombard Public Service Fellowship from the Dickey Endowment for International Understanding and spent several months running a socio-economic research project in Cairo, Egypt.

Dr. Magdy H. Nagi is a Professor in the Computer Science department, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Karlsruhe, in 1974, where he served as Lecturer for two years and as a Consultant to its Computer Center from 1974-1990. During this period he also served as Consultant to many companies in Germany such as Dr. Otker, Bayer, SYDAT AG, and BEC.

On the national level he was a Consultant to many projects under the umbrella of either the University of Alexandria or the Faculty of Engineering for designing and/or implementing automation projects for governmental authorities or public sector companies, such as the Ministry of Interior, the Health Insurance Organization (HIO), the Social Insurance Organization (SIO), and the Customs Authorities.

Since 1995, Dr. Nagi has served as Consultant to Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Among his activities are the design and installation of Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s network and its information system as well as the design and implementation of the library information system, namely a trilingual information system that offers full library automation. He is currently serving as the Head of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Sector at Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Dr. Nagi is a member of the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society as well as several other scientific organizations. His main research interests are in operating systems and database systems. He is author/co-author of more than 80 papers.

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