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  • All camp activities will be held in the Littauer Building at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, located at 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. The Kennedy School is a short walk from the Harvard Square T Station, and public parking is available in the area. See the Kennedy School website for maps and detailed directions.

    Download schedule grid for Sessions 2 and 3

  • Depending whose figures you look at, just 1.5 percent (Kirrily Robert, speaking at the O'Reilly OSCON (Open Source Convention) last summer) or just 3 percent (an article this week on OStatic) or just 5 percent (the FLOSSpols survey of the European Open Source community in 2004-06) of open source developers are women. Even on the high end, that's nothing less than pathetic.

    It's not just open source development – just 13 percent of those who edit and contribute to Wikipedia are women.

    I admit I get a bit tired, sometimes, of hearing "woe is me" and "why aren't more women represented in tech?" But with figures that low, I can't help but think it's not just a lack of interest or skill that's keeping women out of the field. That's why it's great when organizations liked PHPWomen don't just bemoan their fate but rather actively work to change things.

  • TrustTheVote™ (TTV) is the flagship project of the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation (OSDV) for its mission to re-invent how America votes in a digital democracy. The TTV project has an ambitious and aggressive road map, schedule, and projected deliverables that can be “seen, touched, and tried.”

    However, we are realistic about the size of the undertaking, and the challenges of adoption for the resulting technology trust. The project has a mandate to make demonstrative progress by the 2010 mid-term national elections, delivering applicable, actionable, and useful results for some of the “choke points” that currently exist in the efficient running of elections with current proprietary solutions. These areas the Foundation seeks to impact by 2010 include: voter registration, ballot design, ballot tabulation and auditing.

    (tags: trust voting)

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