Shauna Gordon-McKeon

Friday, March 6, 2015 | comments

Organizer, programmer, writer
  1. OpenHatch
  1. Nokia
  2. MIT Media Lab
  3. Harvard University
  1. Hampshire College

Sauna Says "I'm a freelancer with a range of skills and experiences. I primarily work in the areas of technology, scientific research, and data analysis, but I also sometimes work as a community organizer, teacher, and writer. I'm always on the lookout for part time and/or temporary work, so if you need a contractor with good organizational and communications skills, an analytic mind, and a creative spirit, then I'm your girl."

Program Director

 – Present (2 years 3 months)
I primarily coordinate 'Open Source Comes to Campus', an event series introducing college students to free software. I am also responsible for improving the accessibility of our materials and further development of our bug collecting process. I write regular blog posts for the OpenHatch website.

Geographical Researcher

 –  (2 years 1 month)

Project Manager

MIT Media Lab
 –  (1 year)
I organized, processed and documented a large, previously collected raw data set. Processing involved over twenty separate steps and the use of shell scripting, C#, and Python.

User Interface Developer, SEAS

Harvard University
 –  (5 months)
I developed a graphical user interface (GUI) for a laser engineering lab at Harvard University to smoothly coordinate multiple pieces of equipment and to ensure accurate and consistent recording of data. I worked primarily in Matlab.


Summer Institute for the Gifted
 –  (3 years 3 months)
I designed curricula and developed activities for daily classes in various subject areas including debate, mock trial, psychology, and biology for children ages 8-16.

Lab Manager

Harvard University
 –  (1 year 7 months)
I oversaw the design, implemenation, analysis and presentation of multiple experiments as well as the functioning of the Moral Cognition Lab as a whole. Responsibilities included: designing and running studies; programming stimuli using Matlab, E*Prime, and HTML/CSS/Javascript; data processing and analysis using Matlab, SPM, JMP, and Excel; organizing lab meetings; running the undergraduate volunteer program; liaising with multiple collaborating labs; recruiting and screening participants; managing the lab payment system; and maintaining the lab website.

Junior Specialist

UC Davis
 –  (10 months)Sacramento, California Area
I assisted with research into emotion processing in people diagnosed with schizophrenia and substance abuse disorders. Responsibilities included recruiting and screening participants, performing structured clinical interviews with healthy control participants, collecting and analysing neuroimaging, physiological, and behavioral data (using Matlab, SPM, E*Prime, SPSS and Excel), and managing financial and review board-related interactions and materials.


Open Government Boston(Link)

 – Present
I have been organizing government transparency and civic technology meetups in the Boston area for the past two years. We have had approximately thirty meetups and our group now contains over a hundred members.

Open Science Collaboration

I maintain and write for the Open Science Collaboration's blog. I am also the content manager for posts related to statistics and methods. 

Stormy Peters

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | comments

Stormy Peters is an information technology industry analyst and prominent free and open source software (FOSS) advocate, promoting business use of FOSS. She advocates as a consultant and conference speaker. She co-founded, and was later appointed as executive director of the GNOME Foundation. She currently works for Mozilla.
Peters' real first name is Robyn; however, she has not gone by that name since her childhood.
Peters completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Computer Science at Rice University and initially worked as a software engineer for Hewlett-Packard in their Unix development team.
In approximately 1999 Peters was managing the HP-UX desktop development and became aware of the GNOME project when the team decided to provide GNOME on HPUX. Peters had a role in explaining the Open Source business and intellectual propertymodels to Hewlett-Packard management. She later founded the Hewlett-Packard Open Source Program office. In 2000 she became one of the founding members of the GNOME Foundation Advisory board.
In December 2005 Peters became Director of Product Management for OpenLogic, an Open Source services company. In July 2008 Peters left OpenLogic and became the executive director of the GNOME Foundation. Her role was in coordinating with sponsors, business development and marketing. In November 2010 she left to Mozilla. Since August 2011 she has been a member of the GNOME Board of Directors.
Peters has given keynote talks to many Open Source conferences including the Open Source Business Conference,, the 2008 and 2009 GNOME.Asia summit in Beijing and Ho Chi Minh respectively, and the Ohio Linuxfest in 2010.
source : wikipedia

Kim Polese

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Kim Karin Polese (born November 13, 1961) is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and technology executive. She currently serves as Chairwoman of ClearStreet Inc., a social finance startup focused on helping people eliminate debt and achieve long-term financial health.
Ms. Polese is also an advocate of public policy to increase America's innovation capacity. In 2011 she was named to President Obama's Innovation Advisory Board which guided the Commerce Department's study of US economic competitiveness, delivering a report with recommendations to Congress in January 2012.
In May 2012, Polese was named to the San Francisco Business Journal's list of "Most Influential Women". Ms. Polese is the recipient of the 2010 National Center for Women & Information Technology Innovator Award. Early in her career, in 1997, she made Time Magazine's list of "The 25 Most Influential Americans".
Polese received a BA degree in biophysics in 1984 from the University of California, Berkeley and studied computer science at the University of Washington. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business and Economics from California State University in 2011. She is a fellow at Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Engineered Innovation.
In addition to serving ClearStreet as Chairman, Polese is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow and serves on a number of boards, including the Silicon Valley Leadership Group,TechNet, the University of California President's Board on Science and Innovation, UC Berkeley's College of Engineering, the Long Now Foundation, the Public Policy Institute of California and the Global Security Institute. Polese served on the board of Technorati, Inc. from 2004 to 2006. She is an advisor and investor in several early stage technology companies.
Previously, Polese served as CEO of SpikeSource Inc., which developed software to automate open source application management. The company was incubated in 2003 at VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and launched its first products in April 2005. The company was acquired by software company Black Duck in November 2010. Prior to SpikeSource, Ms. Polese co-founded Marimba Inc., an Internet-based software management pioneer. She served as President and CEO until 2000, leading Marimba to profitability. She was Chairman from 2000 - 2004, when Marimba was sold to BMC for $239M.
Before co-founding Marimba, Polese spent more than seven years with Sun Microsystems and was the founding product manager for Java when it launched in 1995. She also influenced the transition of its internal name of "Oak" to "Java".
Prior to joining Sun, Polese worked on expert systems at IntelliCorp Inc., helping Fortune 500 companies apply artificial intelligence to solving complex business challenges.
source : Wikipedia

Danese Cooper

Monday, March 2, 2015 | comments

Danese Cooper (born January 19, 1959) is an American programmercomputer scientist and an advocate of open source software.
Cooper has managed teams at Symantec and Apple Inc. and for six years served as chief open source "evangelist" for Sun Microsystems before leaving to serve as senior director for open source strategies at Intel. In 2009 she worked as "Open Source Diva" at REvolution Computing (now Revolution Analytics). She is a board member of the Drupal Association and the Open Source Hardware Association. She is a board observer at Mozilla, and serves as a member of the Apache Software Foundation. She was a board member at Open Source Initiative. In February 2014, Cooper joined PayPal as their first Head of Open Source.
Cooper's major work within the open source area of computer science has garnered her the nickname "Open Source Diva". She was recruited, while at a sushi bar in Cupertino, to a position at Sun working towards opening the source code to Java. Within six months she quit frustrated by the claims of open source development with Java that Sun made, only to find that little "open sourcing" was taking place. Sun sought to keep Cooper understanding her need to further open source software and re-hired her as their corporate open source officer. Her six years with Sun Microsystems is credited as the key to the company opening up its source code and lending support to Sun' software suite, Oracle Grid Engine, among others. In 2009 she joined REvolution Computing, a "provider of open source predictive analytics solutions", to work on community outreach amongst developers unfamiliar with the programming language R and general open source strategies. She has also made public speaking appearances discussing open sourcing, speaking at the Malaysian National Computer Confederation Open Source Compatibility Centre, OSCON, gov2.0 Expo, and the Southern California Linux Expo. In 2005 Cooper was a contributing author to Open Sources 2.0: The Continuing Evolution.
In February 2010 Cooper was appointed Chief Technical Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation, leading their technical team and developing and executing the Foundation's technical strategy, along with which she would also be working on outreach with Wikimedia volunteers to expand on development and localizing of software. Cooper credits the open source community in helping her obtain the position at Wikimedia. She left the organization in July 2011
In June 2011, Cooper started a consultancy, daneseWorks, whose first client was the Gates Foundation's shared learning collaborative (now called inBloom). She is currently helping numenta/nupic with their open source & machine learning strategy.
Source : Wikipedia

Mitchell Baker

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Winifred Mitchell Baker, better known simply as Mitchell Baker, is the Executive Chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corporation, a subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation that coordinates development of the open source Mozilla Internetapplications, including the Mozilla Firefox web browser and the Mozilla Thunderbird email client.
Baker was trained as a lawyer. She coordinates business and policy issues and sits on both the Mozilla Foundation Board of Directorsand the Mozilla Corporation Board of Directors. In 2005, Time magazine included her in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world and she has been affectionately given the title of "Chief Lizard Wrangler" at the Mozilla Corporation.
Baker received a BA in [[Chinese[4] studies]] at the University of California, Berkeley in 1979, achieving a Certificate of Distinction. She received her JD from the Boalt Hall School of LawUniversity of California, Berkeley in 1987 and was admitted to the State Bar of California in the same year. From January 1990 until October 1993, she worked as a Corporate and Intellectual Property Associate at Fenwick & West LLP, a law practice that specialises in providing legal services to high technology companies. She then worked for Sun Microsystems as an Associate General Counsel from November 1993 until October 1994.
In November 1994, Baker was hired as one of the first employees of the legal department of Netscape Communications Corporation. Reporting directly to CEO Jim Barksdale, she jointly set up the initial department. She was responsible for intellectual property protection and legal issues relating to product development, reporting to the General Counsel. She also created and managed the Technology Group of the Legal Department. She was involved with the Mozilla project from the outset, writing both the Netscape Public License and the Mozilla Public License. In February 1999, Baker became the Chief Lizard Wrangler (general manager), the division of Netscape that coordinated the Mozilla open source project. In 2001, she was fired during a round of layoffs at America Online, by then the parent of Netscape. Despite this, she continued to serve as the Chief Lizard Wrangler of on a volunteer basis.
In November 2002, Baker was employed by the Open Source Applications Foundation, helping to guide the group's community relations and taking a seat on OSAF's Board of Directors. From the outset, she also had part of her time assigned to working on issues. However, the division of her hours gradually became more and more weighted towards her Mozilla work at the expense of her OSAF duties, leading to her decision to return to Mozilla full-time in January 2005. She retained her seat on OSAF's board.
Baker was instrumental in the creation of the Mozilla Foundation, an independent non-profit that was launched on July 15, 2003 as America Online shut down the Netscape browser division and drastically scaled back its involvement with the Mozilla project. Baker became the President of the Mozilla Foundation and was appointed to the five-person Board of Directors.[2]
When the Mozilla Corporation was launched as a taxable subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation on August 3, 2005, Baker was named the CEO of the new entity. In addition, she joined the Mozilla Corporation's Board of Directors, though she also kept her seat on the Mozilla Foundation's board, as well as her role as Chairperson.
On January 8, 2008, Mozilla announced that Baker, while retaining her role as Chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation, would no longer serve as CEO of the Corporation, and that MoCo's Chief Operating Officer John Lilly would take over this role. The reasons cited for this change was Mozilla's rapid growth, which made it difficult for executives to continue to wear many hats.
Public records indicate she received $500,000 USD in salary and benefits for her work in her multiple roles with Mozilla in 2007
Mitchell Baker was listed among the 2005 Top 100 by TIME Magazine, in the "Scientists & Thinkers" section.
In 2009, Mitchell Baker received the Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award for Social Impact.
In 2012, Baker was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.
source : Wikipedia

Terri Oda

Thursday, May 24, 2012 | comments

Terri Oda is a computer science postdoctoral researcher at the University of New Mexico with research interests including artificial intelligence, evolutionary computing and computer security.

In the open source world, she has been a volunteer with LinuxChix since 1999, mostly as a list admin and coordinator of the list administration team, although she wears other hats as necessary. She is also a member of the steering committee for Mailman, where she mostly focuses on issues related to usability, and does both code development and documentation writing.

In the feminist world, she is also a volunteer photographer and blogger for her local Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) chapter, and a contributor to the Geek Feminism blog.

She has presented at numerous academic conferences, and given open source related talks at the Ottawa Linux Symposium and the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

Valerie Aurora

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Valerie Aurora is a writer, programmer, and feminist activist, and a co-founder of the Ada Initiative, a non-profit to promote women in open technology and culture.

For those of you born after 1980, a "homepage" is an ancient form of social presence on the web which has been superceded by more structured publishing platforms and social networks (blogging, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). One of the main problems with a homepage was that it was frequently out of date, like this one probably is right now. Consider this page an archive of my past and a collection of pointers to my current active Internet presence. Hope you enjoyed your history lesson!

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Some day when I have nothing better to do I will collect links to my oeuvre and put them here. Until then, here are a few things. Google the rest.

Chunkfs: Using divide-and-conquer to improve file system reliability and repair by Val Henson, Arjan van de Ven, Amit Gud, and Zach Brown. Appeared in Hot Topics in Dependability 2006. This paper outlines a way to divide file systems up into individually checkable and repairable chunks, without putting restrictions on the name space or fragmenting free space. I implemented a prototype layered on top of existing file systems and concluded (1) it can be done, (2) it should be done inside the file system and designed in from the beginning.

Repair-driven File System Design by Val Henson. A generic look at repair-driven file system design, with predictions for fsck times in 2013 and some more analysis of how modern file system design tends to make fsck time even worse. Still valid in the age of SSDs, as we have discovered that the software wear-leveling can lead to absurd latencies.

Linux Weekly News articles I wrote a few articles for LWN on kernel-related topics. I ended up doing a sort of column called the Kernel Hacker's Bookshelf. There's no easy way to link to all of my articles as yet, but you can find my Kernel Hacker's Bookshelf series on the article index page

An Analysis of Compare-by-hash appeared in Hot Topics in Operating Systems 2003 Compare-by-hash is the practice of addressing data by a hash of its contents (using a good strong cryptographic hash like SHA-1 or MD5 - oh wait, just SHA-1) - and assuming that collisions never occur. I thought this was a bad idea, so I wrote this paper.

My current position on the topic is somewhat less extreme; I think that as long as your hash "address space" is not publicly accessible, or if it is publicly accessible and easily changed in response to attacks, then it's okay (though I still wouldn't use it). I wrote an article explicitly laying out criteria for using cryptographic hashes which finally answers most people's questions in one place. It includes a handy visualization of cryptographic hash function lifetime graphs.

HOWTO Encourage Women in Linux This is a HOWTO aimed at men interested in helping women get and stay involved in Linux. If I wrote it today, I would do it differently, but I never have the motivation. The XML/DocBook source is here, so if you want to translate it or update it, please go right ahead! The list of languages it has been translated into (that I know of) is Belarussion, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Spanish, Ukrainian, Italian, German, and French.


A few tidbits related to whatever I've been working on lately...

Some tips for working with User-mode Linux for your enjoyment and edification. This is super useful for doing file system development, among other things.

Union mounts HOWTO.

e2fsck parallelization using a pretty hysterical combination of fadvise(), read(), and blindfolded buffer cache manipulation. It gets about 50% improvement in elapsed time on a RAID5.

64-bit support for e2fsprogs. In progress, needs testing. Now available in the "pu" branch of the mainline e2fsprogs git repo.

Random Stuff

I don't speak to any of my parents or their spouses. Unfortunately we have a number of acquaintances in common so this page became necessary to avoid socially awkward incidents.

HOWTO Negotiate Your Salary and Benefits Did you know you're supposed to negotiate your job offers? If you didn't, you're losing a lot of money. This HOWTO is geared especially towards women.

Women Don't Ask This book changed my life. It describes how and why women ask for less than men - and get less. The sequel, Ask for it, focuses on practical ways to change your behavior for the better.

My LASIK story On July 10th 2003, I voluntarily had my eyeballs burned with a laser. This is colloquially known as "LASIK." I'm pretty happy with the results.

Hiking Mt. Whitney I joined the elite ranks of really dumb masochists by hiking Mt. Whitney in one day.

The TCP/IP Drinking Game Geeks, protocols, and beer.

The Puerco Saga I helped create the Puerco, a simulated microprocessor with 10 instructions.

Links I like

Google's gotta have something to base search results off of, right?

The Male Privilege Checklist A lot of people worry about things like affirmative action giving unfair advantages to certain groups of people based purely on their gender, race, etc. I think that's bad too. Unfortunately it has been going on for long before affirmative action, and guess who's getting the unfair advantages? Hint: Not women.

Lobsters A Hugo/Nebula nominated short story by Charles Stross, available for free on-line. A fast, hard-core near future cyberpunk-esque short story centered around Manfred Macx, a venture altruist distracted from his normal business of making other people rich by uploaded lobsters, slashdotting of his glasses, and his psychotic ex-girlfriend/dominatrix/IRS agent. You can read my Amazon review for a little more detail - as if you need more. Charles Stross is my favorite author on odd-numbered days (Vernor Vinge [see below] gets the even-numbered days).

Vernor Vinge's Singularity Paper Mind blowing thinking about the future. I recommend each and every one of his books, but especially A Fire Upon the Deep.

Douglas Hofstadter's "A Person Paper on the Purity of Language" This is a hysterical (ha ha) piece satirizing the defenders of sexist language. You'll love every sentence of it. If you're looking for advice on escaping awkward gender-related writing traps, I highly recommend The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing by Casey Miller and Kate Swift.

Olin Shivers has great advice for graduate students about defending your thesis and automatic weapons. I keep his Acknowledgments taped to my office door (when I have an office).

Rusty Russell's keynote speech for OLS 2003 has a lot of good advice for any programmer working on a project involving more than one person.

Almost nobody knows what the Busy Beaver function is. The Busy Beaver function is an easy-to-understand function which is nonetheless uncomputable. Another way to think about it is that the Busy Beaver function grows faster than any computable function (any function whose output can be computed by a Turing machine, i.e., a computer). Closely related is the concept of Chaitin Elegance.

Donald Knuth finally sells out!

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