I’m running for OpenSSF TAC, as an independent, in an election that any OpenSSF participants are eligible to vote in. If you’ve been active in OpenSSF, I’d appreciate your vote. The election is open until 30 December. If you’d like to know more background, read on. In Summer 2022, I joined Snyk and became involved with the Open Source Security Foundation – the OpenSSF. The OpenSSF is a Linux Foundation off-shoot which focuses on … well … Open Source Security – and specifically on “software supply chain” security. My philosophy when it comes to open source foundations and governance bodies like this is that if you want to be involved then it’s best to do so proactively – to jump in with both feet. That is one reason why, in late 2022, I put myself forward as a candidate for OpenSSF’s Technical Advisory Council.  Given the fact that I’ve been impacted in a recent round of lay-offs at Snyk, you might wonder why am I still involved in this organization and why have I once again put myself forward for OpenSSF TAC election this year? Since becoming involved with this community, with this part of the open source ecosystem, I’ve become convinced of the importance of this way of thinking about open source software. I still believe what I wrote in 2022: “This web of software that we all rely on so much is under constant attack.” The more developers are empowered and supported to mitigate against software security issues during the development process, the stronger the defence against this …

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Apparently there’s been some confusion about my choice of hair color. Some people seem to have been under the impression that I chose purple to match the color scheme of Samsung Internet. So I want to set the record straight. Purple is my favoirite color, and I exclusively choose employers with purple logos. I hope that clears things up. So now – after six years with Samsung, building and leading the Samsung Internet developer advocacy group, I’m moving on to a new role and a new set of challenges. I want to be clear about one thing: Samsung Internet is a great browser and it’s been a privilege to have worked as part of the team there. I also think, under the leadership of the awesome Heejin Chung, Samsung Internet is on exactly the right path — particularly in putting an emphasis on greater user privacy. During my time there I feel I’ve helped to achieve the goal we set out of putting Samsung Internet on the map and establishing it, rightly, as one of the big web browsers. If you’ve been following my journey (and there’s no particular reason you should have been, but just on the off chance) then you’ll know that one constant theme has been the web. I got my start building web sites and web applications for scientific publishers and later for dot-coms during the go-go 90s when the web was just taking off. After moving to London, and subsequently becoming out of work in London, I landed at Vodafone where I took my passion for the …

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