Open Source Bureaucracy: Working Together in the Land of Code

Over the past few month, stories of harassment, assault, and discrimination have peppered national news outlets, and the tech industry has not been immune. Back in March, programmer Julie Horvath announced her resignation from GitHub, advising that encouragement to join in rampant “boys’ culture” made her wish that she had quit sooner. Soon after, The New Republic ran a piece about age discrimination in Silicon Valley, which describes the permeation of young male culture – ping-pong tables, “Whiskey Fridays,” and constant references to male genitalia – in everyday life at an average tech startup.

Unfortunately, sexism, ageism, and racism permeate …read more

The Hacker Congress is in Session

Dave Cole, Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey, recently received some love from a self-labeled conservative.

“Just wanted to say that this is an awesome idea, and you deserve major kudos for doing it. I would go through and make some changes to the issues, but seeing as I am very conservative, I doubt that you would like many of them.”

How is he bridging this political divide? And who promised a random guy that he could “make some changes” to Dave’s campaign, anyway?

Every publicly-consumed moment of a modern political campaign is carefully vetted, honed, and packaged with …read more