Passing the word on the 2008 DNI Open Source Conference

image Here’s my PSA for the month:

Conference: DNI Open Source Conference 2008
Date: 11-12 September 2008
Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 2004
Web Site:

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is pleased to announce the “DNI Open Source Conference 2008: Decision Advantage” to be held on Thursday, 11 September and Friday, 12 September, 2008 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington DC. We invite participants from the broader open source community of interest including academia, think tanks, private industry, federal, state, local and tribal entities, international partners, and the media to attend.

Building on the success of the first DNI Open Source Conference held in July 2007, this two-day event will highlight ideas and contributions from open source experts residing outside the US Intelligence Community. The conference will raise awareness about open source and offer a unique networking opportunity, with projected attendance of over 1500. This premier gathering of the broader open source community will be free and open to interested members of the public who register online in advance. The conference will offer numerous sessions and several keynote presentations from senior government officials; confirmed speakers include Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Open Source (Acting), Mr. Daniel S. Butler, and Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Collection, Mr. Glenn A. Gaffney. Examples of conference session topics include:

*The Open Source Innovation Challenge
*Managing the Balance between Privacy and National Security with Open Source
*Presentation of the National Open Source Enterprise
*Creating Decision Advantage with Open Source
*Combating Non-State Actors via Open Source
*Developing Open Source Early Warning Capabilities
*The Convergence of Social Networks and New Technologies
*Young Analysts Talk about the Value of Open Source
*Confronting the Counterintelligence Issues in Open Source
*The Best Open Sources
*The Evolving Role of Open Source in Protecting the Homeland
*Improving the Ability to Access Foreign Language
*Open Source in All Source Analysis*Open Source Growing International Partnerships
*Making Use of Emergency Media Source
*The Open Source Innovation Challenge: Presentation of Solutions

Detailed information about the content and agenda is available online at

Conference registration can only be completed via the Web site. All registrations must be received no later than Thursday, 31 July 2008; early registration is encouraged due to space limitations and demand.