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Back when I was a teenager, there were two things I was absolutely sure of: one, that I loved writing software, and two, that I was gay. But it wasn't easy growing up gay in the city of Belfast, so at the age of 18 I left Ireland and moved to London. I thought that my problems were behind me but in reality they were only just beginning. I was ignorant of the trials and tribulations that I was about to face. This talk offers advice for gay men and members of other marginalized groups on how to build a successful and happy professional life within the tech industry, based on my own experiences and those of others that I've met during my career.
Television is constantly trying to attain that "shock value" by including more and more graphic scenes into every day shows. But not everyone enjoys being surprised, especially those with PTSD. This talk will dive into the journey of making Feerless, an app that provides trigger warnings for Netflix users with PTSD and the unique considerations of building tools for mental health.
My team builds tools to make GitHub.com a safer and more inclusive space online. In order to do this we had to clearly define what we mean when talking about "Safety Online".
In this talk I will discuss how we have defined Safety in Online Spaces and how we use that definition to determine what tools we can make and actions we can take tosive open source communities. increase the safety of our users and encourage more inclu
Internet filters are often seen as an effective way to protect children from the dangers of the Internet. But how effective are they? And, from questioning young people being unable to access gender identity and sexuality -related resources, to potential data protection issues in schools, they can have a lot of negative consequences too. In the wake of the Kiddle fiasco, we'll look at the pros and cons of Internet filtering, with particular focus on the problems they can cause that might not be immediately obvious.
Fear. Failure. Impostor syndrome. Not good enough. Not fitting in. We all know how that feels, how damaging it is, yet we don't talk about it enough. The catchphrase 'work hard' or 'work smarter' isn't enough to solve the problem.
This is talk aims to get the conversation going about what happens when we're afraid and potential ways to overcome fear.
We talk about accessibility a lot when we write code, whether that is writing good documentation, comment blocks or creating a good user experience. When it comes to our user groups and events, accessibility is not usually on the forefront of our minds.
At WordCamp London, the organising team ensured that accessibility was a key goal of the event. We wanted to see how far we could push being accessible and how much effort it would take.
This talk is about the challenges of organising an accessible event, including how we degendered content, added child care facilities and helped the hard of hearing. We will look at the cost of each accessible feature, explore the unexpected benefits of an accessible event and discuss the lessons were learnt on the way.
Class is often overlooked when it applies to the technology sector. While the tech sector can help provide economic empowerment for working class people who are able to navigate that world, the ability to reap the benefits of it is at best, mixed. This talk will delve into the relationship working class people have had with emerging technology, from the oft misunderstood Luddites, to the current embedded market. Taking a bit of a Swiftian modest proposal, some hard questions will be asked about the focus on employment replacement ROI within the embedded sector, i.e. Why do we want to replace low wage truck drivers with self driving trucks when the ROI for replacing a CEO with an automated system would be much higher?
We know that LGBT peoples' lives have changed, but the role of the Internet in that is complicated, and still changing. I'm a trans woman who's worked on the plumbing side of the Internet since the 1990s (it's way more interesting than it sounds) and for years I thought that there wasn't much I could do to help this. But when I looked closer – and especially when I went through transition – I realised that this wasn't the case. Comparing pre-Internet support and activism with the 2015 Marriage Referendum, this talk looks at different ways that the Internet has changed things for the LGBT community. Then, knowing the effects that we might not realise we've had, it asks: what do we need to do to make sure we make things better for people in future, not worse?
I don't think we truly believe the things we say about diversity. We say things like "diversity helps us build better products" and yet, women and minorities still struggle to be hired, and when hired, still struggle to be taken seriously. I will show examples of times that products built by white men have failed to work for the rest of us. From a quality perspective, I want to seek commitments from tech businesses to interview every person who applies who is from a group underrepresented in the industry, to create job ads that do not list unnecessary (especially social-class/status-linked) requirements, to actively seek applications from underrepresented groups of people, and to show, when they are hired, that their input is valued, and a culture of inclusion and dignity promoted within the business.