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Supporting diversity with a new approach to software (os bridge 2016)

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Supporting diversity with a new approach to software (os bridge 2016)

  1. 1. Supporting diversity with a new approach to software Tammarrian Rogers Jon Pincus Open Source Bridge 2016 Hashtag: #osb16 #div5y
  2. 2. Introductions
  3. 3. Goals for this session ● Shift our thinking ● Gather perspectives ● Share techniques ● Spark conversations and connections ● Get excited
  4. 4. Cultivating a positive, supportive, space ● The opportunity to participate and share is critical ○ Write your thoughts down on index cards ○ We’ll collect them at the end of the session and share the results
  5. 5. It’s okay to talk about emotions!
  6. 6. Roadmap for today’s journey ● Introduction ● Imagining software that works better for everybody ● Setting Intention, Gender HCI, and other techniques ● Looking forward
  7. 7. Three aspects of diversity in software ● The people and teams that create software ● The processes we use to create software ● Supporting diversity in the software itself
  8. 8. Imagine we’re a team that’s come together to design and create software ...
  9. 9. Software to connect people (like us!) interested in supporting diversity with technology
  10. 10. Getting to a different mindset ... Close your eyes ... Unleash your imagination!
  11. 11. What do you feel?
  12. 12. What image comes to mind?
  13. 13. Roadmap for today’s journey ● Introduction ● Imagining software that works better for everybody ● Setting Intention, Gender HCI, and other techniques ● Looking forward
  14. 14. Software today works best for people like its creators
  15. 15. Software reinforces power dynamics SoftwarePeople and Communities create empowers
  16. 16. The industry is primed for change
  17. 17. Look around the room Look around the conference We - and our friends and allies - are the critical mass to create change
  18. 18. Let’s create a virtuous cycle! Software that embeds diversity Diverse, Inclusive People and Communities create empowers
  19. 19. Techniques Setting intention Choose language intentionally Accessibility Internationalization and multilingual support Human-computer interaction: Gender HCI, Feminist HCI, Sustainable HCI, … Don’t pretend algorithms are “objective” Pseudonymity and Multiple personas Muting, blocking, reporting, and content filtering Flexible self-identification of gender, race,and pronouns Development tools, languages, environments User rights
  20. 20. Setting Intention
  21. 21. Reinforcing intention through language and interactions
  22. 22. Gender HCI Gender differences in human-computer interaction
  23. 23. Gender HCI: some key facets ● Self-efficacy: how confident are people in their abilities? ● Information-processing style: start by gathering fairly complete information, or try the first thing that seems promising and backtrack if necessary? ● Risk aversion: how comfortable are people with risk? ● Tinkering: how much do people playfully experiment with the software?
  24. 24. Applying Gender HCI ● Think about the software we’re designing to connect people interested in supporting diversity with technology ● How can this software be better for people who are risk-averse and aren’t confident?
  25. 25. Roadmap for today’s journey ● Introduction ● Imagining software that works better for everybody ● Setting Intention, Gender HCI, and other techniques ● Looking forward
  26. 26. Getting back to the different mindset ... Close your eyes ... Remember how it feels, how it looks
  27. 27. Software to connect people (like us!) interested in supporting diversity with technology
  28. 28. What can we as a community do to bring this project to fruition? Software to connect people (like us!) interested in supporting diversity with technology
  29. 29. How can you apply these ideas to other projects you’re involved in?
  30. 30. Recap ● Came together as a team and set intention ● Got into a different mindspace before talking about details - and revisited it throughout the process ● Looked at specific techniques ● Identified next steps ● And hopefully had fun doing it!
  31. 31. Continuing the journey and staying connected ● We’ll capture results on the wiki ● Share the images you came up with at http://div5y.net ○ or the #div5y hashtag on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram ● More conversations at Open Source Bridge Other suggestions?
  32. 32. Stay in touch! jon@achangeiscoming.net @jdp23 tammarrians@hotmail.com @tammarrian
  33. 33. Supporting diversity with a new approach to software Tammarrian Rogers Jon Pincus Open Source Bridge 2016 Hashtag: #osb16 #div5y

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