Ooooh, Gwibber not working so just visited Identi.ca web interface — the redesign is really nice — uncluttered, very fast and clear. If you don’t already use StatusNet/Identi.ca, it’s really worth a look, it might not have the userbase Twitter can boast but it really should!
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Fossbox has been working with OkayComputer in Manchester to start up a network for women who use FLOSS. The aim is to provide a place where women can share, learn and collaborate freely on anything from curiosity about FLOSS to organising advocacy projects. The network is called FLOSSIE and you can join the FLOSSIE mailing list here. We’ll be setting up a Facebook group shortly. Meanwhile, you can follow our tweets @flossie17
To get things going with a bang, we’re organising a women’s Software Freedom Day in London in September – join the FLOSSIE mailing list if you can help out. We’ll also be organising skill-sharing and training local events for women in Manchester and East London – more news on our blog soon.
The Geek Feminism wiki has published a set of guidelines for women-friendly tech events.
Fossbox is run by a balanced mix of women and LGBT as well as heterosexual men. If you’d like to talk to someone about ensuring your Free and Open Source Software event is genuinely diverse and welcoming to women and LGBT-friendly, Fossbox is happy to help. If you feel there is anything we can improve about our own events in this respect, please do contact us.
You can also contact the Finding Ada project who can offer guidance on creating environments which are more women-friendly.
If you handle sensitive information about vulnerable groups, you really should be encrypting all the data you hold about them. Two charities holding information about vulnerable children had computers stolen from the homes of staff, according to ICO’s press release. The unecrypted information could easily be read by anyone using a recovery disk.
Ubuntu makes disk encyrption extremely easy — you can simply choose an option during installation, enter a password and that’s that! All the information on your hard disk will be seamlessly encrypted and you will hardly notice.
Come to FOSS Friday if you want to know more . . .