[hackerspaces] Improve hackerspace diversity - Donate to Ada Initiative

Kristin-Leigh Brezinski okrysmastree at gmail.com
Tue Sep 23 23:13:22 CEST 2014

What was annoying about the Defcon penalty cards? I saw them as a clever
way to bring attention to conference harassment issues and give people a
low-stakes, humorous way to flag bad behavior.

Re: Violet Blue, I think the whole thing got blown out of proportion, but
really, who thought a talk titled "sex +/- drugs: *known vulns and exploits*"
wouldn't raise red flags to a lot of women(/people in general)? Anyone who
considers themselves enough of a wordsmith to play on puns like that should
be open to criticism of the double-meanings in the terms they're invoking.

AI isn't the only organization working on this stuff, but I very much
appreciate any organization striving to make solid anti-harassment policies
and codes of conduct a default at professional conferences, fan
conventions, and hacker/makerspaces. Thanks for the post, Liz - I'll
definitely keep this in mind when I evaluate the flexibility of my budgets
end of month. :)

- Kristin-Leigh

On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 1:08 PM, matt <matt at nycresistor.com> wrote:

> Ada has been a pretty toxic member of the infosec community.  Their stupid
> harassment cards at defcon were annoying, but the violet blue incident is
> but one of several incidents of manufacturing drama for PR.  that sort of
> behavior is unacceptable in our community.  And as you said... ada is a
> small org.  2 people.  so i don't see the culture of ada ever changing.
> I'd rather people invested in the gnome outreach program for women.
> https://wiki.gnome.org/OutreachProgramForWomen
> -matt
> On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 3:46 PM, Al Billings <albill at openbuddha.com>
> wrote:
>> Yes, the real problem that people care about is that Valerie hates Violet
>> Blue and it isn’t that Valerie, using her role in AI, got a sex-positive
>> talk by a woman cancelled at a conference because she didn’t like it. Since
>> she still runs AI and clearly nothing has changed, I’m not sure why you’re
>> surprised that people have a negative reaction.
>> On Sep 23, 2014, at 12:44 PM, Liz Henry <lizhenry at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Ada Initiative:  A small non profit run by two people who once pissed off
>> Violet Blue.
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