The Silence of the Linkspam

  • My Day Interviewing for the Service Economy Startup from Hell | The Billfold (October 21st):  “I gave a smile and nodded back, as if I was familiar with the difficulties of finding a good cleaner when I was a student. I’d actually worked retail part-time throughout school so I could afford to pay $200/month rent splitting an un-air conditioned house in Atlanta with three other people. Hiring a maid would have been laughable.”
  • Where Are You Really From: Microaggressions and Making Tech Meetups Safe | Model View Culture (October 29): “I have recently decided that I am no longer going to any tech meetups. Yes I want to learn, and yes, I want to meet new people. But there are many times I don’t feel safe being in those spaces. There are times when I don’t want to be the only woman of colour in the room that happens to also wear the hijab proudly. When I would rather not spend my evening being asked ignorant questions or being gawked at.”
  • Surveillance Begins at Home | Forbes (October 28): “As Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to a close, we ought to have a conversation about how technology aids and abets intimate partner violence. Privacy advocates rarely connect the dots between intimate partner violence and surveillance, and anti-violence advocates often fail to talk about technology in its entirety—and they omit in particular the complicity of law enforcement in the abuse of technology.”
  • What goes around comes around, and bites you from behind | Sorry Watch (October 24): “He doesn’t seem to have said “sorry” or “apologize.” He has certainly said he was wrong. He hasn’t made excuses, claimed to have been misunderstood, or cried sandbag. But his understanding is still flawed. He doesn’t seem to understand how gender discrimination plays out in the workplace. (“Just ask!”) Nor has he addressed the notion of female “superpowers” that involve not asking for money and infant-retrieval.”
  • A Code of Conduct is Not Enough | Model View Culture (October 27): “In spite of all these efforts, there were two reported violations of our code of conduct (CoC) at our tiny two-day conference with 120 attendees. Despite “doing everything right,” we failed to create a safe space for our attendees. How did we screw up?”
  • Meet Arooo, a open source membership management app by DU | Double Union (October 27): “Double Union is tickled to announce the open sourcing of Arooo, our membership management application! We’ve been building it for almost a year now, and have grown our membership from about 20 people to ~150 using it.”
  • New York Comic-Con Diversity Panels – We’re Here, We’ve Been Here, We’ll Be Here | Black Girl Nerds (October 29): “I am so pleased that New York Comic-Con had so many different panels on diversity for so many marginalized groups, people of color being just one such voice. The more a large convention allows our voices to be heard from the smallest of the panel rooms to the Main Stage, the more we will be thought of and heard in both the independent and main stream industries that we are fighting to be represented in.”
  • Unlocking the Invisible Elevator: Accessibility at Tech Conferences | Model View Culture (October 27): “I appreciate all the great opportunities I have had over the years, and I absolutely love that people love my talks! Those things don’t change the fact that my work is co-opted to make organizations feel good about themselves and look good to others. If I’m the only person at your conference who has a visible disability, if I’m the only wheelchair user, guess what, I’m pissed. And you’re most certainly doing something wrong.”
  • How Ada Lovelace Became Famous Again | io9 (October 28): “The problem wasn’t just that she was a woman at a time when women in science were few and far between. She had also devoted herself to a branch of science that wouldn’t blossom until a century after her death. But she was enough of a celebrity that she was never quite forgotten.”
  • Ten Lessons Learned from Organizing Diversity-Focused Events | Model View Culture (October 29): “In order to create an event with diverse speakers and attendees, you need to push outside your comfort zone, ask a lot of questions, and fail a lot of times. Instead of just focusing on ticket sales, we should build events that make people from diverse backgrounds feel safe and confident to attend.”

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