Arun MADHAVAN PILLAI
Program Head (Research and Academics)
INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR FREE AND OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE- Innovation ouverte et mobilité
Arun M is a free software activist and a founding member of Free Software Foundation of India (FSF, India). FSF India’s advocacy with the state government successfully lead to the adoption of a free software policy by the state, which later had an effect on the national ICT policy as well.
Arun played a key role in migration of major public sector institutions like the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) to free software. As Executive Director of Society for Promotion of Alternative Computing and Employment (SPACE), he worked with national and international organisations to make technology accessible for disempowered populations such as the disabled and to promote linguistic diversity.
Arun is currently Program Head (Research and Academics) at the International Centre for Free and Open Source Software, Kerala, India.