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Notes on Gender and the Social Web session

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Notes on Gender and the social web

Fran Maier, CEO of eTrust

(came in late) Women need to do the deal.

Christine Herron, Omidyar Network

Technology conferences -- tend to be 10% women, If you aren't present at the conversation, aren't there in building the architecture. Example, gender isn't part of the whole online identity discussion. Social Networking

Catherine Geanuracos, MomsRising

Experience around online organizing and politics. Women are better at dialog, actually talking to each other, not at each other. MainstreamMoms. What would it mean to have women drive social networking portion of organizing tools, allow for lateral and bottoms up communication.

Gender Panel at Netsquared Conference

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Gender and the Social Web:  New Tools, Same ... Stuff?

Fran:  Women have to be more proactive.

Christine:  Count things.  Were there women there?  Most tech conference, women presence tends to be about 10%.   What are the things are you allowed to do?  Social networking has to do with navel gazing.   A lot of social networking with no point.  There has to be an outcome.  Being presence in the dialogs and informs the dialogs.

Catherine Geanuracos:  How to leverage the new tools?  Every six months a new tool that is the answer.  Need to create space with outcomes.  Women can engage in dialogue versus talking to each other.   More opportunities for lateral communication and networking.  Create structures in using the tools -- we have jumped in the pool with drupal.  Ways to push the tools forward and have women drive the development they function well for women.  One component is to link women's organizations from the different part of social change movement that don't usually talk to one another.  Connect organizations as well as individuals.  Networking tools that perpetuate a limited structure.

Net2Con: Gender and the Social Web: New Tools, Same...Stuff?

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Women not included in technology?  Is it a gender thing or a techy vs. non-techy thing?

My thinking is that by default it is a woman-thing.  Only 10% of women are technical so by default it is a gender thing.

Let's stop apolgizing and start doing.  

Where can we learn:
* webmonkey.com
* any php tutorial you find interesting on the web
* learn css
* take a class at a community college
* find an opensource project, hack it, show it to others

I went to Mills College

Kudos To NetSquared for Walking The Talk of Ubuntu

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There is a Desmond Tutu quote that I adore:

You need others. But you need others for everything, really. In our part of the world, we have something called ubuntu. Ubuntu. Ubuntu. Ubuntu. The essence of being human. We say a person is a person through other persons. I can't be human in isolation. I need you to be all you can be so that I can become me and all that I can be.

Being at NetSquared captures a sense of the beloved community that I so often yearn for. At lunch today, I sat next to someone from literally half the world away - a person doing extraordinary work to race a scourge of death on the African continent.  She is here, soaking up ideas from others - she is here, to be lifted up and celebrated - she is here, because what she is doing teaches all of us in the "developed" world.  Most importantly, she is here because the NetSquared paid her way to come here.  Fully 20% of the 350 people here are present because NetSquared raised the money to have this attendee base reflect the richness of the human race, rather than the mono-culture that one usually finds at conferences.  Christine Herron points out that at typical business, geek or non-profit (or church) conferences, that mon-culture is about 70-90% white males.

Net2Con: Gender and the Social Web: New Tools, Same...Stuff?

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Christine said something like, "When you visit a website do you ever think about what you allowed to do on the site?"  She points to how gender does it translate gender representation?

I think this a good question I haven't thought about before.   How do women interact in person?  What are those customs that we use?  Are those represented in online communication models?

I dream up a mom/woman specific operating system from time to time and it often is framed in my social experience as a woman/mom.

What I dream...

You organize things in rooms.  You assign a room to each person in your family.  Mom's room, daughter's room, the cat's litter box, a living room, dining room, and a patio.  Each of those places represented by the OS have objects that we often use - a fridge for keeping recipies, shopping lists; a television where we keep tags of items we want to return to later for entertainment purposes; a closet to bury my mall wishlist.

Net2Con: Human Rights and New Communication Technologies - Building an Architecture of Participation

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Hi, this is Ginny Hunt live-blogging for Human Rights and New Communication Technologies at the NetSquared conference. I'll try to catch as much as I can as fast as I can. Apologies for errors.

We're getting three different perspectives on how different technologies have been used to further the international human rights movement from Patrick Ball from Benetech, Bryan Nunez from Witness, and Dan McQuillan from Amnesty.

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