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The Ada Initiative: Looking Back and Looking Forward

“The initiative, named for Countess Ada Lovelace (widely
acknowledged as the first computer programmer), launched in
February. Its vision? “A world in which women are equal and welcome
participants in open technology, open data, and open culture. We
want women writing free software, women editing Wikipedia, women
creating the Internet and women shaping the future of global
society.”

So what has the initiative accomplished so far? Valerie Aurora,
executive director of the initiative, says there’s quite a bit.
“This year, we conducted two surveys of women in open technology
and culture, helped over 30 conferences adopt an anti-harassment
policy, and organized our first women in open tech/culture
conference (AdaCamp Melbourne).


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