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February: Women in the Free Software Movement by Christina Haralanova

February 11th, 2011

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Where are women in the Free Software Movement?

Women’s participation to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects is a hot topic in the 21st century. Common statistics are discouraging, whereby women represent 1.5% of developers in the field. However, other sources show that women, especially activists, are interested in learning, using and promoting FOSS in their communities.

This talk will aim to introduce into the software freedom philosophy, by stressing on the gender gap and the principles of functioning of the FOSS community that tend to isolate rather than include more female members.

While addressing broader issues related to women in the IT field, the presentation will focus on some FOSS-specific particularities and problems related to the visibility and recognition of different types of contributions in a strictly code-centered world.

To know more about Christina’s research in the field, you can access her complete MA thesis (in French only).

About Christina

Christina Haralanova is a feminist, a Free Software activist and trainer in strategic use of information and communication technologies. Christina has been working for the past 10 years with the feminist movements around the world for the appropriation of information and communication technologies through principles of solidarity, software freedom and privacy of information. In her recent Master’s thesis research, Christina has focused on women’s contribution to Free and Open Source Development, bringing in examples of women contributors and challenging the technological gap between men and women.

Since fall 2010, she follows the PhD program in Communication Studies in Concordia University.

Find her online at, on twitter @ludost11 and

Event Details

When: Monday February 28th at 7pm
Where: Brutopia at 1215 Crescent St. in Montreal

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