Super spam today folks!
Kicking off with our traditional can of miscellaneous linkspam:
- HOWTO design a code of conduct for your community | The Ada Initiative (February 18) “Now that we know it is possible to go to conferences and not be insulted or harassed, people are starting to wonder: Why can’t we have the same thing on mailing lists and wikis?”
- Open Sourcing Feminism: The Challenge of Collective Intelligence in 2014 | Loomio: (March 8) “Sexism exists in many (probably most) work environments, so why is it so critical to stamp out in the open source community? It matters here like nowhere else because open source is about collective intelligence.”
- The Next Big Thing You Missed: A Silicon Valley VC Firm That Dares to Invest in Diversity | Wired.com (March 11) … diversity in Silicon Valley is probably not the news we missed. “Jennifer Fonstad and Theresia Gouw believe there’s money to be made in bringing diversity to Silicon Valley. That’s why they left their respective venture capital firms last month to start Aspect Ventures.”
- Ian McKellen tweets a poster image for movie X-Men: Days of Future Past (March 16) Our linkspam submitter asks “But where the wimminz? Kittyyyyy?”
- Logins Do Change | Chris’s Wiki (March 14): “Every so often it’s popular to say that you will never, ever change a (Unix) login, an assigned email address, or whatever…People periodically have excellent, compelling reasons to change their login et al… If you aggressively stick to your ‘no changes’ view, it’s quite possible that very bad things will happen.”
- Negotiated Out of a Job | Inside Higher Ed (March 13) “The worst they can say is no… Sure, you might not get everything you want, but there’s no harm in trying… Or maybe not, according to recent post on Philosophy Smoker.”
- If Male Superhero Costumes were Designed Like Female Superhero Costumes! | Who are you people? A series of sketches of male superheros in skimpy and flimsy costumes.
- Code of conduct pledge and cosigner list | Web Kunoichi (March 14) An organised list of Code of Conduct Pledge co-signers. “Now, I’m no John Scalzi… BUT I think I can help this movement by developing a list of co-signers—a bit like Mr. Scalzi‘s, but hopefully in a format that can be sorted/filtered.
The Mythology edition of Model View Culture is out, and its entire table of contents is of interest! This spammer couldn’t trim it down!
- Sex and the Startup: Men, Women, and Work, by Kate Losse “Silicon Valley has built an architecture of compensation to distribute value, attention, and funding according to the narrow fantasies of venture capitalists.
- The Myth of the Non-Technical Startup Employee, by Zoelle Egner “I have literally lost count of the number of looks and comments and dismissals I’ve experienced from strangers upon introducing myself at parties and industry events.
- The Making of Myths, by Laurent Bossavit “The function of myth is often to reinforce a status quo; not just any aspect of the status quo, but a particular balance of power.”
- Tech in Underserved Communities: Beyond Feel Good Stories, by Stephanie Morillo “My own story has made me believe that maybe all of the kids smiling in brochures for coding programs need to be mentored by people that didn’t come from substantial privilege.”
- Chattanooga and Kansas City: New Tech Towns on the Gigabit Frontier, by Meghan O’Dea “The emergence of tech industry in cities outside of Silicon Valley is an opportunity for conversation – about what both the industry, and civic communities should look like.”
- Towards an Afrofuturist Narrative: Tech Mythology and the Africas, by Ēlen Awalom “Behind-the-scenes with stealth startup Curatoric, and conversations with creators, historians and curators of African and Diasporic African art. Part of a two article series.”
- There and Back Again, by Misty De Meo “The story of how Misty De Meo quit programming and then returned.
- Dissent Unheard Of, by Ashe Dryden “Perhaps the scariest part of speaking out is seeing the subtle insinuation of consequence and veiled threats by those you speak against.
- The Startup Mythologies Trifecta, by Shanley Kane “They work together in concert, and in practice, function to exclude and marginalize minorities in tech.”
- The Lesbians Who Tech Summit is the First Of Its Kind, by Kronda Adair “Start Somewhere founder Leanne Pittsford dreamed of being able to network openly with other queer women in the tech industry.”
- Data Scientists, by Amelia Greenhall “At first, I mentally filed ‘Data Scientist’ in the same place as ‘Growth Hacker’ — just another one of those words men made up. But I’ve come to start to see the invention and naming of these new types of technical roles as a crack in the system.
- Hashtags as Decolonial Projects with Radical Origins, by Suey Park “Twitter activism is not to be dismissed. Although Twitter exists to generate revenue off advertisements and corporations, it can also be used subversively – to go beyond imperial timelines.”
Look out for an interview with Model View Culture founders Amelia Greenhall and Shanley Kane on Geek Feminism tomorrow!
And finally, Julie Ann Horvath left Github, describing harassment and other inappropriate workplace behaviour. Some coverage and responses include:
- Julie Ann Horvath Describes Sexism And Intimidation Behind Her GitHub Exit | TechCrunch (March 15) “Horvath has given TechCrunch her version of the events, a story that contains serious allegations towards GitHub, its internal policies, and its culture. The situation has greater import than a single person’s struggle: Horvath’s story is a tale of what many underrepresented groups feel and experience in the tech sector.”
- Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits, Alleging Gender-Based Harassment | Re/code (March 15) A recap of Horvath’s tweets.
- Update on Julie Horvath’s Departure | Github (March 16) “We know we have to take action and have begun a full investigation. While that’s ongoing, and effective immediately, the relevant founder has been put on leave, as has the referenced GitHub engineer.”
- Warning for account of racist violence On GitHub and speaking out | Global Nerdy (March 17) “I’ve seen this scenario time and again, in which a privileged group fails to see a problem and makes speaking out difficult. I’ve also seen it happen to me.”
- managers are awesome / managers are cool when they’re part of your team | tecznotes (March 16) “Github employees can work on what they feel like, subject to the strategic direction set for the company. There are no managers. This bothered me a bit when I heard it last summer, and it’s gotten increasingly more uncomfortable since.”
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