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Coraline Ada Ehmke is an international speaker, writer, and developer with over 25 years of experience in software engineering. She was recognized for her work on diversity in open source with a Ruby Hero award in 2016. Coraline is the creator of the Contributor Covenant, the most popular open source code of conduct in the world with over 40,000 adoptions. She is also the founder of the Ethical Source Movement and created the Hippocratic License. She writes and records music in her home studio in Chicago.


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A Six-Month Retrospective on Ethical Open Source

The open source community has a strong desire to evolve, and if necessary, to redefine itself, to ensure that it can address the magnitude and complexity of today’s social, political and technological challenges.

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The New Normal: Codes of Conduct in 2015 and Beyond

Although we can rightly celebrate the progress that we have made thus far, we must also recognize just how far we still have to go in making this phase in our cultural evolution a success.

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The Dehumanizing Myth of the Meritocracy

Is it enough to be measured by the quality of our code alone?

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Codes of Conduct: When Being Excellent is Not Enough

The idea that the software industry benefits from an unwritten law of unconditional and mutual respect is an extension of meritocratic thinking: it’s as unrealistic as the meritocracy itself.