About me

Christina Haralanova is a feminist, a Free Software hacktivist and an IT trainer. Since fall 2010, Christina does a PhD in Communication Studies in Concordia Univerity, under the supervision of Leslie Regan-Shade.

Christina has been working for the past 10 years with the feminist movements around the world for the appropriation of information and communication technologies through principles of solidarity, software freedom and privacy of information. Within this role, she has given a number of training, research and presentations around the world. Christina has been a founding member and Managing Director of the Internet Rights Bulgaria foundation (from 2002 to 2008), a Board member (since 2002) and coordinator (from 2005 to 2007) of the Women's Information Technology Transfer (WITT), and is a Board member of Gender, Education Research and Technologies (GERT) since 2003.

As a free software hacktivist, Christina has participated actively in the creation of the Free Software Association – Bulgaria (FSA-BG), and is a member of FACIL - pour l'appropriation collective de l'informatique libre (since 2006) and Koumbit (since 2006) in Montreal, Canada. Christina was the Project Leader of the Legal Case Management Software (LCM) (2004-2005), a LPI proctor (2003 – 2005), a SPIP-bg translator.

Training experience in strategic communication, GNU/Linux and Free Software applications such as SPIP and Drupal. Some examples: three trainings in Bulgaria (2003 to 2004), one international on-line workshop (2003), two international three-days training sessions for women from Central and Eastern Europe (2004 and 2005) and one in the Czech Republic (2006). Trainer at the Feminist Tech Exchange (FTX) in South Africa in 2008. At the end of 2005, Christina trained 10 Comunity and Voluntary Centers in using Ubuntu/Linux on their desktops through the East of England Free and Open Source Software project. Christina is a Drupal trainer since 2009 for Studio XX.

Christina has participated to the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva (2003) and Tunis (2005) to two ICANN annual conferences in Marina del Rey (2001) and Bucharest (2002). Also participated to the European Social Forum (ESF) in Paris (2003) and London (2004), as well as the World Social Forum (WSF) in Porto Alegre (2005). Christina has also given a number of presentations to different types of events, including academic conferences, some of which are the Know-How in Mexico city (2006), and Oekonux in Manchester, UK (2009). And at hacker conferences, such as the Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit (FSCONS) in November 2009 (keynote speaker).

MA in Communications in Montreal, Canada obtained in 2010. Topic of thesis: Women's Contribution to FOSS Development. Debian GNU/Linux user since 2002.