Leveraging Openness


Wendy Seltzer
Wendy Seltzer
Apple and other companies depend on a closed software development system to give them more control over their mobile products. On the other hand, Android uses an open source model developed by Google that gives developers more control over their work. Attorney Wendy Seltzer, an expert on Internet legal issues, discusses the positive aspects of open source to Android. She reviews the various current mobile software development models and talks about what Android can gain with their way of business.

She argues that open source can help a platform be more successful by allowing other stakeholders to have a more valuable product. She shows how innovation is more likely when you include other people in the process who may have great ideas not yet considered.


Wendy Seltzer is a Fellow with Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy, researching openness in intellectual property, innovation, privacy, and free expression online. As a Fellow with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Wendy founded and leads the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, helping Internet users to understand their rights in response to cease-and-desist threats. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Tor Project, promoting privacy and anonymity research, education, and technology; and the World Wide Web Foundation, U.S., dedicated to advancing the web and empowering people by improving Web science, standards, and generative accessibility of Web. She seeks to improve technology policy in support of user-driven innovation and communication.

Wendy speaks and writes on copyright, trademark, patent, open source, privacy and the public interest online. She has an A.B. from Harvard College and J.D. from Harvard Law School, and occasionally takes a break from legal code to program (Perl and MythTV).

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