Joshua Gay

[Photo of Josh looking like a dork in a coffee shop around the corner from city light books in SFO]

Josh is a father, husband, free software activist, and open source community manager.

Current Affiliations

Open Source Community Manager, Standards (2017–Present)
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE's core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.
Securing Change
Director (2014–Present)
Securing Change offers security consulting and information for organizations that foster social good, such as non-profits, NGOs and B-Corps. We believe that digital security should not be limited to those who can afford it — organizations that initiate social change should have the same amount of digital security as large, well-funded organizations. We aim to help organizations in a number of ways: educating them about easy-to-implement solutions as well as providing consultants for urgent and non-urgent security needs.
The Murninghan Post
Technical Strategy Adviser (2010–Present)
The Murninghan Post is a gathering place for sharing information, ideas, deliberation, and strategic action for reforming our corporate structures and capital markets. The aim is bold but clear: to provide you with tools and knowledge that will assist in the transition to a prosperous, sustainable, and just world, in keeping with human and ecological well-being.
GNU Project[Celebrate 30 years of GNU!]
GNU speaker (2007–Present)
The GNU Project was launched by Richard Stallman in 1983 with the goal of developing a 100% free software operating system that is put together by people working together for the freedom of all software users to control their computing.

Past affiliations

Free Software Foundation
Licensing & Compliance Manager (2012–2016); Campaigns Manager (2007–2008; 2011–2012)
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a 501(c)3 donor supported charity founded in 1985 and based in Boston, MA, USA. The FSF has a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users.
Free Software, Free Society: selected essays of Richard M. Stallman, Joshua Gay, ed., intro by Lawrence Lessig; GNU Press, 2002. (Download or buy)
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
Affiliate (2013–2014)
The Berkman Center's mission is to explore and understand cyberspace; to study its development, dynamics, norms, and standards; and to assess the need or lack thereof for laws and sanctions.
CK-12 Foundation
technical content manager (2008–2010)
CK-12 Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the cost of textbook materials for the K-12 market both in the U.S. and worldwide. Using an open-content, web-based collaborative model termed the "FlexBook," CK-12 intends to pioneer the generation and distribution of high quality educational content that will serve both as core text as well as provide an adaptive environment for learning.
Textbook Revolution
administrator (2007–2013)
Textbook Revolution is a volunteer-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free and gratis educational materials by teachers and professors. We want to get these materials into classrooms. Our approach is to bring all of the free and gratis textbooks we can find together in one place, review them, and let the best rise to the top and find their way into the hands of students in classrooms around the world.
The League of Technical Voters
director (2008–2013)
The League of Technical Voters is a nonprofit 501(c)3, nonpartisan organization dedicated to motivating and assisting technical experts to improve lawmaking and governmental process.
One Laptop per Child
volunteer (2007–2011)
Mission Statement: To create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning. When children have access to this type of tool they get engaged in their own education. They learn, share, create, and collaborate. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future.
Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU)
contractor on assessment research project (2010–2011)
P2PU is a grassroots open education project that organizes learning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements. P2PU creates a model for lifelong learning alongside traditional formal higher education. Leveraging the Internet and educational materials openly available online, P2PU enables high-quality low-cost education opportunities.
Mozilla Foundation
contractor on initial work for the Open Badges project (2010–2011)
Mozilla is a global community of technologists, thinkers and builders working together to keep the Internet alive and accessible, so people worldwide can be informed contributors and creators of the Web. They believe this act of human collaboration across an open platform is essential to individual growth and our collective future.
Sunlight Foundation
Mini-grant recipient for PEO work; guest blogger (2010–2011)
The Sunlight Foundation is a nonpartisan nonprofit founded in 2006 that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency.
Strategy Adviser (2011–2013)
FinalsClub is the premier web portal for interactive education. Store your notes online, collaborate with classmates, and share knowledge with the world.
Accessible Computing Foundation
Adviser (2013–2014)
The Accessible Computing Foundation exists to design free software to bridge the gap between accessibility and technology.