[OSGeo-Discuss] Code of Conduct in Real Case

Massimiliano Cannata massimiliano.cannata at supsi.ch
Thu Jun 25 01:22:30 PDT 2015

Once again I express my opinion:
I think that OSGeo shall express and support a CoC that is respecting
diversity in any form, but we don not have the right to censure anything.

If something really bad happens than someone will take action based on the
agreed CoC.
Do we really want to argue about the images and content of anyone

The community is the best referee of the conduct of its members not a bunch
of people deciding what is good or not.

And YES, we can discuss it in Seoul to find a way to rise attention to the
CoC and discuss more (but friendly and with respect of diversity  ;-) )


2015-06-25 10:07 GMT+02:00 Pat Tressel <ptressel at myuw.net>:

> I hesitate to step into the "sexism in tech" debate, but...  There may be
> some recent events that folks aren't aware of, that may be relevant -- some
> specifically have to do with conferences.  This list is not R-rated, so
> rather than directly describe the relevant events, I'll just give you
> search queries that will bring them up:
> "PyCon donglegate"
> "TechCrunch sexism"
> "Pax Dickenson brogrammer"
> "GamerGate"
> Those are only tips of the iceberg -- they are specific symptoms of a more
> general attitude.  I've listed them in order of seriousness.  I expect that
> these will get the "that's just PC" objection, but are threats of rape and
> murder really just "for fun"?  And if the objection is that women just just
> force their way into tech, I have two words for you:  hiring manager.  And
> no, not all of us have the resources to start our own companies.  Venture
> funding is rarely offered to women.
> When I worked as a software engineer for Digital Equipment Corporation
> (DEC) in the 90s, the group I was in was half women.  No, not secretaries
> and support staff -- engineers.  But there was a difference in attitude,
> which one can see in the fact that although DEC ceased to exist in 1998
> (sold to Compaq), we *still have reunions* and active social networks.  The
> switch to deliberately provoking competition and infighting between
> employees, via stack ranking and similar management fads, is exacerbating
> the rise of sexism in tech -- there is now an aspect of "us against them".
> Because employment is a zero-sum game, (re)entry of women in tech would
> mean fewer positions and less money for men.  (Competing against other men
> doesn't trigger the same level of response since men are already in the
> pool -- it's the thought of the pool *doubling* that is causing this
> fear.)  Since this style of management (stemming from Jack Welch) is taught
> in b-schools, it will take some time to turn the ship around.  But there
> are some signs of light:  Microsoft recently cancelled stack ranking, and
> is making a significant effort to reestablish teamwork and cooperation.
> That took being publicly shamed (see the article in Vanity Fair, titled ~
> "How Stack Ranking Killed Innovation at Microsoft") and a new CEO (Satya
> Nadella, replacing Steve Ballmer).
> There's also plain old bias.  This research by Google HR is fascinating:
> https://www.gv.com/lib/unconscious-bias-at-work
> Watch especially where ~ the entire audience, men and women both, fails
> the test, right there on camera...
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*Massimiliano Cannata*

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