Co-director of Framasoft and PeerTube's product owner.
I came to FOSS as an author (my playscripts and novels are published under CC-0), and content creator (I was a YouTuber in 2014-2016). Before becoming Framasoft's co-director, I managed communications, donation campaigns and community outreach.
Framasoft is a French non-profit that promotes digital commons and emancipation through popular education. In France, we are mostly know to provide 17+ free, free/libre and ethically-hosted web-services to ~1.5 million monthly users.
One of our (many) project is developing PeerTube,a free-libre and federated software. Installed on a server PeerTube creates a video platform (as a self-hosted alternative to YouTube of Twich), than can be federated in the ferdiverse. PeerTube offers several technical options (activity-pub federation, peer-to-peer and classic video streaming, redundancy, remote storage, remote transcoding, etc.) that aim to democratize video hosting, to make it resilient, and thus to facilitate emancipation from tech giant's platforms.
Michiel Leenaars is the director of strategy at the NLnet Foundation, a public benefit organisation established in the 1980s when the first open internet connection to Europe was established. Michiel leads the NGI Zero programmes and was previously project lead for the Next Generation Internet 2025 report that helped establish the NGI initiative’s vision.
From 2014-2018 he was a member of the Dutch Education Council, which advises national authorities on education policy. He also worked for the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and Dutch National Computing Facilities Foundation (NCF) advising on e-infrastructure and e-science, and coordinating the national software engineering programme. Within the European policy body e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG), he was lead editor of the first two of its e-Infrastructure Roadmaps.
From 2006-2010 he was a member of the strategic committee of the European domain name registry EURid, and from 2009-2018 was a board member and member of the board of supervisors of Accessibility.nl, the Dutch accessibility expertise centre and certification organisation.
Stichting NLnet is an independent philanthropic foundation with a strong focus on growing and cultivating digital commons. NLnet is officially recognised as a public benefit organisation. The history of NLnet goes back to 1982 when a group of Europeans led by former NLnet director and member of the Internet Hall of Fame Teus Hagen announced the European Unix Network (EUnet) which became the first public wide area network in Europe and the place where Internet was introduced to Europe. NLnet also pioneered the worlds first dial-in and ISDN infrastructure with full country coverage. In 1997 all commercial activities were sold to its American counterpart UUnet (now Verizon). The articles of association for the NLnet Foundation state:
to promote the exchange of electronic information and all that is related or beneficial to that purpose. NLnet's core activity is to support individuals and organisations that contribute to digital commons (e.g. free and open source software and hardware, open data, open science, open education) through its renowned open call - working towards an information society we want to live in.