What I learned writing my first non-fiction book

I am so excited to announce that I just released my first book, “How to Respond to Code of Conduct Reports.” You can download it for free from my business website. The book is based on a short guide by Mary Gardiner, and edited by Annalee Flower Horne. Responding to code of conduct reports isContinue reading “What I learned writing my first non-fiction book”

Why I won’t be attending Systems We Love

Systems We Love is a one day event in San Francisco to talk excitedly about systems computing. When I first heard about it, I was thrilled! I love systems so much that I moved from New Mexico to the Bay Area when I was 23 years old purely so that I could talk to moreContinue reading “Why I won’t be attending Systems We Love”

Ban boring mike-based Q&A sessions and use index cards instead

If you’ve ever been to a conference, you know the problem: A brilliant and engaging talk is coming to a close, and already a line of fanatic wild-eyed people (okay, mostly men) is forming at the audience microphone. Just by looking at them you know they will inevitably start their questions with, “This is moreContinue reading “Ban boring mike-based Q&A sessions and use index cards instead”

A personal appeal for support from Valerie Aurora, executive director of the Ada Initiative

This post originally appeared on the Geek Feminism blog and is reposted here for posterity. I’m writing to ask you to donate to the Ada Initiative. A year ago, a friend of mine was groped at an open source conference. Again. I’ve personally been groped twice at conferences myself. But what shocked me most wasContinue reading “A personal appeal for support from Valerie Aurora, executive director of the Ada Initiative”

Conference speakers: Support anti-harassment policies in your speaker proposals

This post originally appeared on the Geek Feminism blog and is reposted here for posterity. The Linux.conf.au 2012 proposal deadline is in a few hours, which gives you plenty of time to cut and paste the following into your speaker proposal: I believe conferences should provide a safe, harassment-free environment for everyone. I ask $CONFERENCEContinue reading “Conference speakers: Support anti-harassment policies in your speaker proposals”

Friendly conference update

This post originally appeared on the Geek Feminism blog and is reposted here for posterity. We announced a generic conference anti-harassment policy a couple of weeks ago. Since then several conferences have adopted anti-harassment policies, including Linux.conf.au 2011, FSF’s LibrePlanet 2011, and now all of Linux Foundation’s events have an official anti-harassment / discrimination policy.Continue reading “Friendly conference update”

Back on the speaker circuit

Over the years I have attended a lot of conferences, as you can see from this photograph of my conference badge collection: The badges are sorted into columns, starting with 1995 – 2000 on the left and 2009-2010 on the right. If the table was bigger and I didn’t have to squish the years together,Continue reading “Back on the speaker circuit”

Get your conference anti-harassment policy here!

This post originally appeared on the Geek Feminism blog and is reposted here for posterity. It’s official: The example conference anti-harassment policy is out of beta and ready for prime time. This is a example anti-harassment policy suitable for most open source, computing, or technology-related conferences. It may be adopted unchanged or tweaked to suitContinue reading “Get your conference anti-harassment policy here!”

RFC: Draft conference anti-harassment policy

This post originally appeared on the Geek Feminism blog and is reposted here for posterity. Recent events show that not everyone has the same expectations for behavior at open source conferences. If you are a conference organizer, having an explicit anti-harassment policy can help prevent unpleasant and embarrassing incidents. But writing (and advocating for) anContinue reading “RFC: Draft conference anti-harassment policy”