The home of Courtney Rosenthal on the web

photo of Courtney Rosenthal

Courtney Rosenthal resides in Austin, TX. She has been developing systems and tools based on open source software and Internet protocols for over 35 years. She currently works as a software engineer, developing products in the broadband communications sector.

Courtney is a recognized leader of the community technology and civic technology movements in Texas. In 2005, she helped create SaveMuniWireless.Org, which defeated legislation to ban community wireless networks in Texas. In 2010, she co-founded Big Gig Austin, the community effort to bring Google gigabit fiber to Austin.

From 2002 through 2014, Courtney served on the Austin Community Technology and Telecommunications Commission, a citizen board appointed by the Austin Mayor and City Council to advise them on certain technology issues. She contributed to the city’s first open data policy and the creation of the city’s office of civic innovation. She received the Distinguished Service Award from the Mayor and City Council for this work.

From 2013 through 2015 she was chair of Open Austin – a volunteer community group that advocates for open government, open data, and civic technology. She was responsible for forming the first Code for America brigade in Austin.

She has been a panelist, session leader, and advisory board member for SXSW. She was nominated for the Dewey Winburne Community Service Award at SXSW 2005.

She has received the Best of Austin critics’ choice award three times for various projects she’s helped organize.

It's Just This Little Chromium Switch Here

Latest blog posts

The hot new blogging thing we did 20 years ago

Feb 25, 2020

Anybody who’s been doing IT long enough knows that old ideas – both good and bad – often get dressed...

Deprecate Facebook

Feb 23, 2020

I started blogging in 2002. I stopped blogging in 2018.


Latest links, snark, ephemerata

Sing happy birthday twice while washing your hands, say pharmacists

Feb 28, 2020

I’ve been doing a lot of singing in the bathroom lately.

Get your personalized ballot in Travis County

Feb 25, 2020

Want to know exactly what will be on your ballot?

IndieWeb Camp Austin 2020

Feb 23, 2020

The blogosphere is dead, long live blogging. All the cool kids are doing IndieWeb now.