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The Ada Initiative: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Dec 07, 2011, 23:00 (5 Talkback[s])

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"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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