The Free Society Conference and the Nordic Summit will be taking place this year in Göteborg, Sweden. I was invited by Serengeti community, who wished to make a link between the Free Software movement and the social communities and groups. So each example on how this relation is possible, will be helpful for their workshop. I will speak about how women's movements around the world appropriate Free Software.
I will be also doing a keynote speech on Free Software and Feminism.
November 14, 15h15 for the Free Software and Women Movements track
If it would be just writing an thesis, it would be too easy. Just in a week time at the country, I managed to write a whole chapter, and read about 600 pages (with notes). And then, I will need about 3 weeks off in order to write a paper for the JoCI, and to make a presentation at a colleague, who is doing for the first time a course in "Computer science and society" at the Technical University. I will need to prepare for a 5 weeks missing from home, a wrap-up for my thesis for the end of August....
While the Oekonux conference in Manchester (27-29 March 2009), I was interviewed by Dan Lynch, for their podcast Linux Outlaws. I was nicely surprised the other day, when he wrote to me and told me he added the edited version of it in the 90th podcast, dating from May 6, 2009.
Last night, leaving baby to her grandparents, we passed taking the computer of a friend's kids. Our task is to install Ubuntu. Thinking about the new generation, who have access to computer and GNU/Linux from such very young age... I wish I have had this possibility when I was young.
Ce dimanche 26 Avril, de 13h à 16h, aura lieu une formation à Scribus, logiciel de PAO, l’outil libre idéal pour la réalisation de vos plaquettes, livres et magazines. La formation sera assurée par Louis Desjardins, développeur du programme Scribus, formateur au libre dans les milieux scolaires et organisateur des Libre Graphic Meetings à Montréal.
La dernière heure de l’atelier sera consacrée à de l’entraide informelle sur les usages des logiciels libres.
L'année 2009 doit être pour le Québec l'année de l'appropriation collective de l'informatique libre.
Alors qu'ailleurs dans le monde, les nouvelles technologies créent de nouvelles richesses, réinventent le lien social, libèrent les énergies de l'innovation, renforcent la compétitivité économique en participant à un développement économique durable, une chape de plomb recouvre le Québec et empêche celui-ci de rentrer dans le XXIème siècle.
I am about to complete my second chapter of my master's thesis, which covers the context of women's participation in Free and Open Source Software development projects. It is an introduction chapter, which will collect viewpoints from authors who have already written on this topic. My suggestions on how to approach the issue will come at the very end of this part, and also from then on, all the rest of the thesis.
So, for this time, I have made a considerable bibliographic list of articles of researchers and activists under FOSS and Women keywords. Here are some of the most interesting ones:
The Fourth Oekonux Conference has just passed (27-29 March). My lecture was my first actual academic presentation of findings, which I have made in public. There were two feelings at the beginning: enthusiasm and disappointment.
Enthusiasm, because I really wanted to share my work and ideas, and I felt I had moved far from previous popular presentations done at Open Source conferences. I did not like to stick to the "one million dollar question" on WHY there are so few women in Open Source, I actually bypass this issue, and go deeper to see actually WHERE are the women in the FOSS movement, and what specific contributions they provide. Some answers to these questions might actually better motivate FOSS community groups to make efforts and encourage women's participation.
Disappointment, because all the male participants had left for another session (I heard a bit later that I have had a fierce competition with a famous lecturer), and all the female ones have stayed. Few minutes later, it was not so bad, when some late comers joined the conference, and we were actually almost as many women as men in the room.
So, in brief, my 1,5 hours lecture was not recorded, except on my small voice recorder, therefore with very bad quality. I listened to it again, in order to note the questions and the comments made by the participants (the worst part of the recording). So, here they are, in a summarized form, with some of the answers, also in résumé.
Women do valuable work in FOSS development, which is often informal, therefore invisible
Majority of women do the “boring job” in FOSS projects, such as usability, training, documentation...
Women have low confidence in their work, coming mainly from the fact they are not developers by education
Need for minimization of the importance of programming, in order to value the work of “other contributors” and of users, for producing a better and widely spread code.
During the past decade the phenomenon of Free Software has become successful and well-known. It is still amazing how in the realm of software the creativity of so many volunteers leads to products which are useful for the whole mankind. In 1999 the Oekonux Project started with analyzing this phenomenon and trying to understand the special features of Free Software as a social and political enterprise.
Nous vivons une époque en accélération, sous l'emprise du déploiement impressionnant des technologies de communication et d'information (TIC) dont les répercussions s'étendent aux sphères sociales, économiques, politiques et culturelles. Partout dans le monde, l'inégalité d'accès ainsi que le faible taux de participation et de contrôle des TIC par les femmes sont flagrants.
Avec Le droit d'auteur à l'ère du libre, le Studio XX lance une nouvelle série de conférences.
Conférencière invitée : Mayi-Eder Inchauspé, avocate spécialiste du droit d'auteur canadien et français.
L'arrivée du Web 2.0 a modifié la pratique et la façon de penser le Web donnant aux internautes la possibilité d'interagir à la fois avec le contenu des pages et entre internautes. Le partage d'informations à travers les blogues, fils rss, les portails communautaires, forums, les sites de partage de vidéos et de photos (YouTube, Flickr, Vimeo), la folksonomie, les wikis et autres, est devenue chose courante. De plus, la philosophie du libre a introduit une autre façon de penser, en contrepoint à la pratique établie. Ce nouveau contexte questionne le droit d'auteur.
Comment mieux comprendre le droit d'auteur est l'ambition de cette conférence. Dans sa présentation, Mayi-Eder Inchauspé va dresser pour nous un portrait du droit d'auteurs. Tout en traçant un bref historique, elle va démêler la terminologie et définir les concepts derrière ces termes: oeuvre, auteur, droit d'exploitation, copyright, copyleft, droit intellectuel, droits de propriété, le domaine public, les licences Creative Commons, etc.
Subversion is an open source version control system, a successor of CVS. It is used to maintain current and historical versions of files such as source code, web pages, and documentation.
You upload your files (documents) on the server, and you need to commit your changes at the end of the day. It is accessible, secure, well ordered and easy to use, and good to archive far-from-the-computer. Every time you make a change on the server, it saves into a new version (Revision 1, 2, 3..).
I use SVN for keeping track of the modifications I make by working on my thesis from two computers - the one in the lab, and the one at home. Since I work 2 days per week from one, and 3 days from the other, I need to keep an updated versions of my files. It is similar to carrying your usb-stick, but much more secure (no chance to loose it), much more reliable (since it is saved on a secure server). It is faster, accessible from everywhere, and fun.
Are there "easy ways to attract women to free software projects"? I research this problem for years now, and I have not found and "easy solution". Not only this, but the advises the author provides do not match with the reality. I would even say, by quoting FLOSSPOLS and val Henson's guide on How to attract women in Linux, he has invented his home-made solutions.