We are all biased

If you think that you are special and not biased, you’re not. We are all biased in some way. Before we talk about bias, let’s talk about inference and prejudice. Why does prejudice exist? When we are children, everything is new. We don’t have the experience to decide whether something is good or bad, so we don’t…

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Should I write a code of conduct?

Without concrete actions to eliminate harassment and other bad behavior, a code of conduct for your event is quite meaningless. Some companies use this as a lazy way of dealing with harassment. “See? We have a code of conduct. We care about inclusivity. Moving on.” You can write one, but don’t pretend like it will actually solve anything. Well-behaved people…

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Bad conduct: the root of the problem

More and more tech events are publishing codes of conduct. Although I think that it’s a good idea, I find it sad that we need to tell people things as basic as “treat others like you want to be treated”. I would like that in addition to treating the symptom, we understand and treat the root cause. Bad…

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On ethics and optimism

It really annoys me when people say that discussing ethics on social media doesn’t change the world. That is just cynical and pathetic, and these people want to drag others into inaction. Discussing allows you to question your morals and refine your opinions. You eventually act on those values and change the world. A single person…

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I’m not a feminist

I don’t label myself as a feminist. But why, given all the inequalities that women have to suffer? Say you identify yourself as a feminist. Somewhere in the world, there are feminists who show nude breasts for political purposes. You and many others might not approve of this. Now, each time you present yourself as a feminist,…

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