On my way back from Sweden in November, the border agent told me I should change my Permanent Resident Card (PRC) because it is expiring in December. This coincied with the fact I was already a resident in Canada for the past five years.
So, instead of celebrating an anniversary, I realise the procedure takes for ever, and I risk having papers problems for months and months before I get legal again. So, what's it all about? One of the things is that the renovation procedure takes... 4 months! Yes, you heard well. A simple card, which at other institutions takes 10 minutes to check, photograph you, and print, it takes 4 months to Canadian Government. And yet, the procedure is way too complcated that it has to be.
Une rencontre motivante and impressionante parmi les chercheuses féministes et les groupes des pratiques au Québec a été tenu à l'Université du Québec à Montréal le 28 janvier 2010. Une quarantaine des chercheures et de féministes se sont rassemblées afin de discuter des pistes possibles de collaborations, ainsi que d'échanger de l'information à propos des questions et des actualités de la vie militante et académique.
Among the proposed sessions can be found many interesting ideas: from technical skills, to management and transfer of knowledge, networking and philosophy around women and technology, children and computers, and the future.
Here are my favourites mixes:
Linux, command-line, GIMP, programming, public speaking
Ruby programming, Rails, ways to get more women into programming, teaching programming to kids
DrupalCamp Montreal 2009 is on now. More than 100 people, presentations in 2 tracks and also some informal ones. This is my third DrupalCamp Montreal (even if on the website is written it is the second one).
Media@McGill Beaverbrook guest lecturer Angela Davis is an American political activist and university professor who was associated with the Black Panther Party for Self Defense and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Today, Davis continues to work for racial and gender equality, gay rights, and prison abolition and is a popular public speaker, nationally and internationally.
The Graduate students of the Department of communication at the Université de Montréal are pleased to invite you to a conference by Andrew Pickering. Andrew Pickering is internationally known as a leader in the field of science and technology studies. He is the author of Constructing Quarks: A Sociological History of Particle Physics, and The Mangle of Practice: Time, Agency and Science.
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
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.
Le Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la
technologie tiendra le mercredi 19 mai 2009 son 13e Colloque des
cycles supérieurs. Ce colloque donne l’occasion aux étudiants membres du Centre, qu'ils soient inscrits à la maîtrise ou au doctorat, de présenter leurs résultats d’analyse de leur mémoire ou de leur thèse.
Date : Mercredi, 19 mai 2009 - 9h00 à 16h Lieu : CIRST, Université du Québec à Montréal, Pavillon Thérèse-Casgrain, 5e étage, salle W-5215, 455 boul. René-Lévesque E. (entre Berri et St-Denis)
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.