We critique open companies, discuss leaving toxic open source communities, and explore how the technical “talent shortage” is manufactured. We look at how hero worship operates, the Eich crisis at Mozilla and the politics of open source meetups. We talk with an exciting new open source project by and for marginalized people, and look at the mythologies around the open source hacker. Plus, an interview with an OSS leader, and an article on tech feminism and digital game makers and critics. Header photo CC-BY Ludek Rolecek, cropped and filtered.
Autistics in the Silicon Valley
While attempts to increase the size of the Autistic work force are laudable, it is important to critically think about how these attempts are executed.
An Interview with Karen Sandler
We discuss source code and medical devices, women in open source, the Software Freedom Conservancy and more.
A Missed Connection: Tech Feminism and Videogame Zinesters
Despite obvious commonalities between digital game makers and critics and the tech feminist community, there doesn’t seem to be much cross-communication.
The Open Source Identity Crisis
As the diversity in tech movement gains traction, open source faces an identity crisis.
A New, Open Source Funding Platform With Diversity At The Core
Building a welcoming and sustainable funding community.
On Open Companies, Consent, and Safety (among other things)
We can't get to the future we want by pretending we're already there.
Killing the Messenger at Mozilla
Hero worship, “meritocracy” and the Eich crisis.
“Females” in Open Source
What are our personal policies about fair treatment and how do they interact with the reality of our communities?
Leaving Toxic Open Source Communities
Exploring the cultural shame of leaving and tips for finding healthy communities.
Manufacturing the Talent Shortage
How our assumptions about the skill and capability of our technical workforce keeps us from building more diverse -- and more successful -- organizations.
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