Chris DiBona

Chris DiBona is the director of open source at Google. His team oversees license compliance and supports the open source developer community through programs such as the Google Summer of Code and through the release of open source software projects and patches on Google Code. In his former work on Google's public sector software, he looked after Google Moderator and the polling locations API and election results.
Before joining Google, he was an editor at Slashdot and co-founded Damage Studios. DiBona has a B.S. in computer science from George Mason University and a M.S. in software engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He also co-edited and Open Sources 2.0.

FLOSS Weekly

He formerly co-hosted FLOSS Weekly with Leo Laporte. The show premiered on April 7, 2006, and features prominent guests from the free software/open source community. He also appeared on This Week in Tech and CrankyGeeks from time to time and was in the documentary Revolution OS. On July 29, 2007, Laporte announced that due to commitment issues, DiBona was stepping down as host of FLOSS Weekly.

Science Foo Camp

DiBona runs Science Foo Camp annually with Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media and Timo Hannay of Nature on the Google campus in Mountain View, California.


DiBona was a Linux commentator on TechTV's The Screen Savers, during 2004 and parts of 2005. His stories concentrated on fun applications and consumer use of Linux.

Other activities

DiBona formerly served on the board of Our Good Works, a non-profit that looks after the volunteer matching website He serves on the board of the Linux Foundation. DiBona served on the advisory board of imeem, a San Francisco, Ca. based social networking firm, and advises , a San Francisco start-up. He's a visiting scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and an advisor to Mixed Media Labs, project. He also advises Ingenuitas on their sightmachine project. He's also an associate in Google Ventures.