Give me a link! Give me a spam! (10 January 2014)

  • Two guilty over abusive tweets to Caroline Criado-Perez | BBC News: “Two people have pleaded guilty to sending “menacing” tweets to feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez. Isabella Sorley, 23, of Newcastle, and John Nimmo, 25, of South Shields, admitted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court sending the messages over a public communications network.”
  • Wikipedia’s penis and vagina pages: Their colorful history and popular present | Slate: “The pages, and their histories, also offer a glimpse into Wikipedia’s awkward adolescence, and into the issues the encyclopedia continues to struggle with as something of an Internet young adult. As you might imagine, these sensitive regions of the body have inspired heated editorial debates, debates that point up the imperfections in Wikipedia’s crowd-sourced model—specifically the degree to which men outnumber women in the Wiki-editing ranks.”
  • Why Mobile Matters for Women Empowerment | Lynsi Freitag: “… the patients who needed the information on their website the most, were the ones who probably didn’t have access to a traditional computer. Those patients were accessing the [American Cancer Society] website through their phones and could only see a portion of the content.”
  • When Some Of The Cis White Women Who Are Abused Online Are Also Abusers: “A good start for this would be to clarify that the mainstream articles about online abuse are about “White” women. There really is no more reason to continue using the word “women” to mean “cis middle class White women (with a platform)” as people pretend that the “every woman” experience is Whiteness. This way, it is clear that the post will not be intersectional and does not speak to the nuances of online experiences of Black women or other women of colour.”
  • Hiring women in male-dominated fields: Companies need women to recruit other women. This might require some work | Slate: “Many male-dominated boards, mastheads, and organizational charts are so implicitly unwelcoming to women that great candidates won’t think to apply for a position at those companies at all. And even if they are interested in breaking into the boys’ club, there’s no guarantee that the maleworkspace will end up being a place where female employees will be equally valued and promoted when they do come on board, because no one has ever tested it.”
  • When Misogynist Trolls Make Journalism Miserable for Women – Conor Friedersdorf | The Atlantic: “For years, I’ve been convinced that gendered nastiness and harassment was one factor responsible for the emergence of a blogosphere so disproportionately inhabited by men. And it’s the biggest factor that changed my mind about how heavy-handed bloggers and editors ought to be about moderating comments sections. “
  • “Become An iOS Developer In 8 Weeks”: The Truth About Hack Schools | Fast Company | Business + Innovation: “Noticing her struggling in class, the Dev Bootcamp founders asked her to leave, telling her she could come back when she was ready after some independent study. But she lasted three weeks when she returned, saying the teaching style remained largely the same. It didn’t help that she was 12 to 16 weeks pregnant this time around, and the school wasn’t exactly accommodating–‘not that I blame them because it’s an intense program.’… Looking back on her hack school experience, she says: ‘These bootcamps are not schools, but essentially businesses. They have financial goals to meet. They also have a product to produce. If I don’t fit that mold, then I don’t belong there.'”
  • Philip Guo – Silent Technical Privilege: “Instead of facing implicit bias or stereotype threat, I had the privilege of implicit endorsement. For instance, whenever I attended technical meetings, people would assume that I knew what I was doing (regardless of whether I did or not) and treat me accordingly. If I stared at someone in silence and nodded as they were talking, they would usually assume that I understood, not that I was clueless. Nobody ever talked down to me, and I always got the benefit of the doubt in technical settings.”
  • A review of Nathan Ensmenger, The Computer Boys Take Over: Computers, Programmers, and the Politics of Technical Expertise | DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly: “Bit by bit and history by history, Ensmenger has re-composed the computer technician back into a body and personality. A body and personality, which he suggests, can be otherwise.”
  • Art Gallery of Ontario hosts video games made by Toronto developers in recent exhibit | Button Mashers: “For Carver, having a group of women demonstrate their games at the AGO not only expands their organization’s reach, but also challenges the ideas of what a typical video game is through introducing and integrating contemporary styles of games being created today.”

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