Is Choice Enough? and the Accountability Question

Americans Elect is an interesting new political venture. Americans Elect is the first-ever open nominating process. We're using the Internet to give every single voter—Democrat, Republican or independent—the power to nominate a presidential ticket in 2012. The people will choose the issues. The people will choose the candidates. And in a secure, online convention next June, the people will make history by putting their choice on the ballot in every state. ...more
@Virginia DeBolt Maybe yes. Definitely people are disgruntled. I sure am. But I wonder about ...more

How I make sure my art doesn't get ripped off on the Internet

I follow these six easy steps to make sure my art doesn't get stolen online:  1) Be original.  I aim to make art so original that no one will question who made it. 2) Sell only live art. ...more

Interesting conversation about what authors, illustrators, and others without a live version of ...more goes Drupal: can open source lead to open government?

The news had Twitter abuzz yesterday. The official White House site has migrated from a proprietary software to open source Drupal. "We now have a technology platform to get more and more voices on the site," White House new media director Macon Phillips told The Associated Press hours before the new site went live on Saturday. "This is state-of-the-art technology and the government is a participant in it.... ...more

I recently wrote an article on Technorati about the latest guideline that the Department of ...more

Answering hate with sparkly ponies

I hate to start a post with hate. Sometimes it's got to be done because it's the background we work against, but here's some hope beyond the hate. Many women who work on open source software have been the target of hateful threatening emails and comments by a guy calling himself MikeeUSA over the past five years. Last week his software code was thrown off a large open source code archive, Sourceforge. He cried censorship and said his creative work had been destroyed. ...more

"We treated the hate speech like it was a software bug."  That stood out for ...more

Free Ruby on Rails Workshop for Women in Boston

The Gender and Technology committee is proud to announce that the Berkman Center at Harvard University in coordination with the Center for Research on Computation and Society is putting together a Ruby on Rails Workshop for Women on October 16th and 17th. ...more

Open Wide

This past week, Microsoft threw some of its weight into the Open Source software economy. Mary-Jo Foley reports on ZDNet: A new, non-profit open-source foundation — one dedicated to increasing the participation of commercial-source vendors in the open-source world — is being unveiled on September 10. Microsoft is providing the initial funding and is a founding member of the new group, known as the CodePlex Foundation.... ...more

The where-are-all-the-women question, this time in Open Source

Today the United States Supreme Court adds a woman Justice. In all the history of the country, Sonia Sotomayor is only the third woman to sit on the bench. This is a big deal. Very high barrier to entry. Heavy politics involved. Media frenzy. The Open Source software world is the opposite environment. Low barrier to entry. Petty small-time people politics at worst. Virtually no media attention, even if we want it. But sometimes, sometimes, it seems just as difficult to get women involved in Open Source software development as to get a woman named to the Supreme Court. ...more

Excellent summation of so many problems. And I love the cartoons, they're so ...more

Getting into open source software... why is it so darn hard?

I am not dumb. I have worked on DNA scanners (slide: DNA helix). I've worked on gadgets that went into airplanes and race cars (slide: me in a flame suit sliding into a NASCAR though the window). I've seen my work on Target's shelves when I did children's toys (slide: toy). I've had my own company (slide: logo) and I gave it up to make a gizmo that fights crime (slide: me, in pink sweater, firing AK47). I've done really cool stuff. I have written articles and hold patents. I have a blog (slide: dead plant). <!--break--> ...more

From OSCON to BlogHer!

This week I bounced from a technical conference in San Jose, all the way to BlogHer in Chicago, and I'd like to highlight some of the great talks and the women I met at both conferences! ...more

Thanks for sharing your experiences, Liz.  I was really keen to get to OSCON but they didn't ...more

Open doors in Open Source

I spent last weekend at DrupalCamp Colorado 2008, where 100+ Drupal enthusiasts gathered to meet each other, share knowledge, and spread the word about Drupal. And I always come away from these events with a charge of energy from being around so much enthusiasm and passion for open source. But I also come away with a bit of wonder at why there aren't more women involved, at least in a public way. The only barriers to entry are self-imposed. No gatekeepers. No glass ceilings. I haven't figured it out yet. ...more

Thanks for commenting, futurebird! I agree with you re Digg, and the academic environment, too. ...more