William John Sullivan

William John Sullivan

John Sullivan
John Sullivan at Free Software Foundation event, June 2006.
Born William John Sullivan
(1976-12-06) December 6, 1976
Residence Boston, MA[1]
Employer Free Software Foundation[1]

William John Sullivan (more commonly known as John Sullivan[2]) (born December 6, 1976) is a software freedom activist, hacker, and writer. John is currently executive director[3] of the Free Software Foundation, where he has worked since early 2003. He is also a speaker and webmaster for the GNU Project. He also maintains the Plannermode and delicious-el packages for the GNU Emacs text editor.

Active in both the free software and free culture communities, Sullivan has a BA in philosophy from Michigan State University and an MFA in Writing and Poetics. In college, Sullivan was a successful policy debater, reaching finals of CEDA Nationals and the semifinals of the National Debate Tournament.[4]

Until 2007, John was the main contact behind the Defective by Design, BadVista and Play Ogg campaigns. He also served as the chief-webmaster for the GNU Project, until July 2006.[5]

Since 2011 he serves as Executive Director of the Free Software Foundation.

As a speaker for the GNU Project

John currently delivers speeches on the following topics,[6] in English:


  1. ^ a b Sullivan, William John. "Contacting John Sullivan". Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  2. ^ John Sullivan's home page
  3. ^ FSF announces new executive director
  4. ^ "NDT Results 1997-2005". American Forensic Association. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  5. ^ GNU's Webmasters - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)
  6. ^ GNU and Free Software Speakers - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)
  7. ^ Confusing Words and Phrases that are Worth Avoiding - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)
  8. ^ High Priority Free Software Projects - Free Software Foundation

External links

  • Personal homepage
  • John Sullivan's weblog
  • Free Software Foundation
  • BadVista
  • Play Ogg
  • Defective by Design