Pia Waugh goes to Canberra

Open source advocate and former Linux Australia president Pia Waugh today revealed she will be leaving her business and joining the staff of Senator Kate Lundy as a policy advisor.

Open source advocate and former Linux Australia president Pia Waugh today revealed she will be leaving her business and joining the staff of Senator Kate Lundy as a policy advisor.

Pia Waugh
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Waugh made the announcement in a blog post and said that she would be withdrawing from the business she created with her husband as well as stepping back from her open-source advocacy efforts.

"From a community participation level, I intend on maintaining my participation in various industry and community groups, however, I will not be in any leadership or advocacy roles," she said.

One of the challenges Waugh says she will face is balancing her public profile and her new advisory position.

"Ensuring a clear distinction between when a person is speaking on behalf of their employer, or themselves ... plus my existing online presence, we will be experimenting with me continuing to blog and twitter," she said.

Waugh said her husband, open source advocate Jeff Waugh, will continue in his Waugh Partners consultancy role.