wiki:org/meetings/2016WinterDevMeeting/Notes/Diversity

1) Brainstorming

Tor needs to learn from underrepresented groups (not "teach" them)

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Make structural changes necessary to "automate" diversity "(i.e. attract people without having to ask) Offer online courses and teach tech skills to underserved populations (women/ PoC/ non-Western/ etc.) Set up support groups with mentors who can assist Reach out to colleges and high schools, especially in diverse areas Actively engage non-technical contributors

Reach more non-Western users: often less Internet, less tech knowledge, Android devices only Encourage contributors and users outside US/EU/ Northern Hemisphere Take part in events in the Southern hemisphere Discover and embrace what privacy means for non-Western mind sets

Invite users to dev meetings

Understand and articulate our own expectations, before we expect people to do something with tech (security, privacy) Articulate why privacy and anonymity matter to a broader, more mainstream audience of users Improve visibility in non-tech and privacy communities More avenues for involvement for non-technical users who want to contribute Tor needs a clear exciting narrative - for whom, for what is it awesome? Tor's vibe needs to be less acerbuc to non-tech, non-dude people

Good "explainers" aimed at distinct audiences, so that prospective contributors can orient themselves What does a certain person need? How can Tor help? Tor user stories for the LGBTQI community

Target grants that fund women/ PoC in tech (i.e. jobs)

Be more welcoming to non-males

Tor needs better branding Remove the Dark Web branding Tor needs to "sell" more than "privacy" - a very unclear, under-theorized term Tor needs to think in terms of cool products! UX, design! Develop a "tools of the trade" manual for various tech tools such as IRC, wikis, various encryption tools

2) Emerging Reflections

  • (Re)Think about how we tell the story about what we do.
  • Connect with communities. Start from showing up, listening, learning from the reality/context/needs of the people who are not here to understand why they are not here.
  • Understand and articulate our own expectations, before we expect people to do something with tech (security, privacy)

3) Actionable Next Steps

  • Direct resources to diversity goals.
  • Prioritize diversity (e.g. have a look at what the ThoughtWorks community has been doing: they seem an interesting case study, e.g. specific programs, resources).
  • Target grants and work opportunities
  • Those of us in position of privilege to amplify the work of under-represented individuals/ groups/ communities. E.g. you get an invitation to attend or speak to an event: a great opportunity to recommend someone else (who would make a great participant but is in an under-represented position and would have not gotten the invitation) in your place
  • Considering to work on specific case studies and storytelling narratives/materials/resources, connecting to the reality of (now *still*) under-represented individuals and groups
  • (Connecting to the point above) ACLU has programs focusing on specific groups (e.g. women, LGBTQI+): this could be a very useful and practical opportunity to create materials/resources (narrative, stories, user cases) to be able to approach such programs and say "This is the way we can help and be your allies"
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