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 more …

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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 was …

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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 $CONFERENCE …

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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. …

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