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LinuxChix miniconf schedule
Monday 19th January, 2009. University of Tasmania, Social Science 2 room.
Starting Your Free Software Adventure
Free Software development opportunities range from code and documentation through to community management. There are a huge number and variety of projects to get involved in and even more waiting to be started. But finding a place to begin can be difficult.
This talk will show where the entry to Free Software contributions lie from all kinds of directions: coding, bug triaging, documentation, packaging and more, using women already involved to illustrate pathways to involvement.
Mary Gardiner learned DOS 2.0 when it was already old-fashioned and has never quite got over the commandline. She was therefore a natural candidate to bang her head against Linux on the desktop in 1999 and has never looked back and only looked sideways a little. She's been involved in LinuxChix since 2000 and the Australian Linux community since 2001. She codes and documents and in her spare time occasionally spends time on her PhD work in computational linguistics.
You've been to *those* talks. The kind where the title first drew your attention, the abstract made you go wow, and you were so excited you took a front seat. Then the speaker went to their first slide and it was so full of text (15 bullet points!) and you just knew they were going to spend the next ten minutes talking about what you've just read in two. Worse, being up the front, you can't easily leave and it'd be rude to pull out your laptop...
Don't be one of those speakers. No matter how technically brillant your talk, it's worth nothing at all if you can't keep your audience interested. This (short) talk will cover a whole bunch of tricks you can use to get your audience's attention and keep it. Better yet, if you use these ideas there's a good chance people will remember *what* you spoke about and will attend your future talks as well.
Jacinta Richardson runs Perl Training Australia, a micro-business offering courses throughout Australia. Both as part of her job and a massive free-time sink, she is involved in running conferences (LCA 2007, OSDC 2004-2008, SAGE-AU 2008-2009), attending conferences, speaking at Perl Monger meetings whenever she's in the right town, participating in on-line Perl forums and promoting women in IT. For her work in the Perl community, Jacinta was awarded the White Camel Award in 2008. When away from the computer, Jacinta enjoys scuba diving, cycling and baking.
Panel on Geek Parenting
Join our panellists Bdale Garbee, Silvia Pfeiffer, Andrew McMillan and Casey Schaufler as we tangle with some of the issues facing the geek parent - or the parent of a potential geek. How do you deal with having a gifted child who is having trouble socialising at school? How do you make sure that your child doesn't 'switch off' from learning during those terrible teen years? Are there any ways to get your kids to think science and tech are cool rather than the daggy stuff mum or dad does at the computer all day? After the panel, join LinuxChix for a family BBQ sponsored by Google - all are welcome!
Digitising the paper panopticon
The 40,000 convicts transported to Van Diemen's Land between 1804 and 1853 were subjected to a high level of surveillance both during transportation and while serving their sentences in the colony. The records of their lives as convicts, preserved by the Archives of Tasmania, are a rich resource for the historical study of Tasmania's population -- its health, wellbeing, social and economic relationships. In this presentation I will describe a project to digitise these records and create SQL- and XML-based data resources that can be used in large-scale quantitative analysis by demographers, epidemiologists, economists and the like, and can also serve as an evolving resource for family and local historians.
Great Firewall of Australia: The Swiss Cheese Project
As part of Australian Government's "Cyber-safety Commitment," Senator Stephen Conroy is pushing forward with mandatory Internet filtering for all Australians. According to Senator Conroy, the aim of ISP-level filtering is to block illegal and unwanted material.
Despite strong opposition from many Internet users and industry experts, the live trials are due to proceed this month. With Senator Conroy's ambiguous wording of "unwanted" material, one must wonder if we will slowly head down a slippery slope and eventually end up with a Chinese-style Golden Shield. Mandatory ISP-level Internet filtering will present us with far-reaching implications, especially in terms of freedom and technical infrastructure.
This talk will focus on the technical implications of the mandatory ISP-level Internet filtering proposal, including Deep Packet Inspection, IP address and URL filtering, DNS poisoning, and clarification of various myths surrounding the capabilities of filtering appliances to scan encrypted protocols such as HTTPS.
Workshop: How to evangelise IT for girls
We will start with an intro to some of the research on women in tech, and talk about some of our experiences evangelising the IT industry to Girls. This workshop will look at ways we can encourage young women to consider IT career and hobby pathways. After the introduction by Pia, Alice and Donna we'll break for discussion and brainstorming, and conclude the session with action steps we can take with us into our communities.
Taking first steps towards building our own knowledge bank, and inspire more girls to join us.
Donna Benjamin, Alice Boxhall, Sara Falamaki and Pia Waugh
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