Crosspost: No more rock stars: how to stop abuse in tech communities

This is a re-post of a piece by¬†Leigh Honeywell, Mary Gardiner, and me, originally published on June 21, 2016. It has been translated into French. Content note for discussion of abuse and sexual violence. In the last couple of weeks,¬†three respected members of the computer security and privacy tech communities have come forward under their … Continue reading Crosspost: No more rock stars: how to stop abuse in tech communities

The Ally Skills Workshop returns, Impostor Syndrome book, public speaking and more

After taking three months off work, I naturally decided to found another company! Allow me to introduce Frame Shift Consulting, my new consulting firm. I'm continuing to do what I loved from the Ada Initiative - teaching Ally Skills Workshops, advising companies and conference organizers, speaking - and leaving out what I hated - fundraising, … Continue reading The Ally Skills Workshop returns, Impostor Syndrome book, public speaking and more

The Ada Initiative is ending, but our work continues on

A little over four years ago, my good friend Mary Gardiner and I co-founded the Ada Initiative to support women in open technology and culture. Today, thousands of conferences have anti-harassment policies, dozens of communities have codes of conduct, over 2000 people have taken the Ally Skills Workshop (and 40 people know how to teach … Continue reading The Ada Initiative is ending, but our work continues on

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