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[staff profile] denise
The call for proposals for Linux Conf Australia is open now, and will close on July 13. The conference is in Auckland, New Zealand from January 12 to January 16, 2015. Limited travel assistance is available for speakers, so if you're thinking "there's no way I could afford to go to New Zealand", you can request that the conference pay your airfare/hotel. (Requesting travel assistance does affect your chance of acceptance, but in my experience the conference is very generous with how many people they offer assistance to.)

It's one of my favorite confs, and New Zealand is absolutely beautiful. I strongly encourage people to submit ideas for talks!
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Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing will be in Minneapolis, MN this year, 2-5 October. If anyone is going, please let me know. I can offer crashspace within walking distance of the convention center.

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[staff profile] denise
a reminder to everyone: if you'd like to attend YAPC::NA with us in june, you must tell us about it!

if you've already commented to mark's post expressing interest (or emailed mark separately), we've already got you down. if you haven't, you must do so by 31 march.

the conference is june 3-5. the dw employee team will be sticking around a few extra days (probably until friday 7 jun or saturday 8 jun) for in-person hacking, product development and planning, and building trebuchets out of office supplies; you're welcome to stick around for some or all of it. there's also a "zero to perl" two-day workshop before the conference, which at least one of us will probably be going to, so if you want to come in early and attend that, we can probably work something out.

information on what the offer covers can be found in mark's initial announcement post. and tell your impostor syndrome to go take a hike: if you've submitted patches, we want you to come even if you think they weren't "big enough" contributions!

again, you must tell us that you're coming by 31 march! and i can't wait to see you all there.
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[staff profile] mark

Hi all!

As per my last post we are going to be flying out some contributors to YAPC::NA 2013 in Austin, TX.

For this post, I'm trying to get a headcount. If you:

  • Can commit to being able to travel to Austin, TX from June 3-5, 2013 (time available!)
  • Are a recently active contributor for Dreamwidth (have submitted patches in the last year or so, but this is fuzzy)
  • Are interested in joining us for the conference (lots of face-time and hack-time!)

If those describe you, then please comment here or send me an email (mark@ this domain). Our travel budget is decently sized and we will be working to make it possible for the maximum number of attendees to get out to Austin!

So! Let me summarize:

If you are a Dreamwidth contributor and you think it'd be fun and interesting to spend a few days to a week hanging out with Dreamwidth staff and going to YAPC::NA in Austin, TX to network and learn a bunch, then you are invited. Please speak up and talk to me. :)

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[staff profile] mark

Hi folks!

This year, Dreamwidth has chosen to go to YAPC::NA 2013 as the conference of choice for the year. Like last year with OSCON, we will have a sponsorship program to help active contributors make it down to Austin, TX for the conference.

YAPC::NA 2013 is being held from Monday, June 3rd, 2013 to Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 in Austin, TX, USA. [staff profile] denise, [personal profile] fu, [personal profile] misskat (I think!), and myself all plan on being present for the entire week, however, from the weekend before through the weekend after. We invite anybody eligible to stay for as much or as little as they wish!

We will be paying for the conference admission ($80), accommodations (a group house/apartments), and we will help with your travel expenses (how much depends on how active a contributor you are, with a max of about $500 USD for a single contributor).

What does this mean for you?

If you are interested in attending YAPC::NA 2013 and hanging out with the Dreamwidth staff and other volunteers, start working on those patches! We will be awarding travel stipends based on contributions in 2013, so now's a great time to pick up those patches you've been sitting on and get them finished up. :)

I will post more details soon when we hammer out the contribution levels. I will say that we are intending on maxing out our travel stipend at $500 USD, though. If it will cost you more than that to get to Austin, TX, you will need to find a way to cover the difference.

Fine print: patches don't have to be committed to count; pull requests are fine! Also, we don't presently have a cap on how many people we will try to fly out or accommodate, but we reserve the right to set one if needed. (We have a budget, of course, and it'd be nice to stay within it.)

Comments and questions welcome!

[personal profile] swaldman
Just posting this here in case it's of interest to UK-based people:
(Mozilla Festival, in London, at the start of November)

It's £40 to attend, but if you volunteer for the some of the time then it's free.
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[staff profile] denise
If there's a sesson on the OSCON schedule that looks like something you'd want to see the notes from, tell me about it, and I will go to the session and take notes on it! OSCON sessions are live-streamed, so if you want to watch one of them, you can. But if your schedule means you can't watch the stream, I will go for you. :)

(I do reserve the right to say "sorry, that conflicts with something I really want to go see", but still!)
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[staff profile] denise
This morning at YAPC I attended an Intro to Git session presented by Randal Schwartz. It was an awesome session! I learned a lot about git and how it works (and how you shouldn't try to make it work). I was typing up notes to post for y'all, and then he mentioned at the end that he has both the slides and a video of the presentation (a version he gave in January) available online.

So, if you have a spare two hours and would like to learn about git, here you go:

Introduction to Git - video
Introduction to Git - slides

There's also a book that many people have highly recommended, called Pro Git by Scott Chacon. It's available free of charge in many formats, licensed as CC-BY-SA-NC.

I definitely felt much more comfortable with the idea of what git is, how it works, and why it does what it does when I finished the session, so if you're feeling anxious about the migration to github (which is a service layered on top of git, the underlying software), definitely check it out.
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[staff profile] denise
Applications to attend AdaCamp DC are now open! All y'all who are in/near DC should definitely attend. (It's an "application" in that the Ada Initiative will be doing basic screening to make sure people have a basic level of participation in open stuff and are not likely to be disruptive of the feminist goals.)

I will be there, and the rest of y'all should be too!
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I have just leveled up in Workplace Negotiation by convincing my management to pay to send me to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing!

And even more exciting, our own [staff profile] denise said that she will be there and on a panel! (I went through the program materials as best I could, but they aren't usefully searchable so I wasn't able to figure out what panel she's on.)

Anyone else going? I'm taking the train to get there so I am no good for carpooling, but roomsharing might be possible? And we should definitely have a Dreamwidth meetup!
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I may not have got the exact order right. Also, using first names because I only remembered those at best. Altogether, there were about 20 people, including the speakers.

Nat told us about the OpenID foundation (umbrella organization to evangelize OpenID, support protocol development, provide recommendations for use in specific industries or sectors, etc). It also takes steps to be able to retaliate if someone waves patents in contributors' or users' faces. Membership ($25/yr for individuals, $500 for small businesses (up to 25 people) and going up from there, up to $50K/yr for sponsoring members) required to contribute to standards.

John talked about the use of cross-domain authentication in US federal agencies, for each of 4 security levels with a bit about where these levels come from and what the requirements are for each. (OpenID is allowed only at the least sensitive level.)

Martine talked about a biometric (fingerprints-based) authentication and authorization device her company makes, that uses an intriguing method to pass opaque data through the user's computer to the device; have the application display an animated pic (basically, a row of flickering black and white bands) and have the user place the edge of the card against the image. Then, let the row of light-detecting thingies do its magic and acquire a confirmation or authorization token (including a text description of what it will authorize or confirm) that the user has to pass to the application to confirm the transaction.

Questions from the audience covered security (claimed to be immune to MITM data alteration attacks with proper application design), use with multiple applications (up to 112, with separate registration and credentials stgorage for each) and accessibility (if you have less than the 3 fingers required for device set-up, cannot align the device and the image, or are unable to watch the flickering image, you're out of luck). Someone also asked about the reasons for not using 2D barcodes, but I forgot what the answer was.

The there was buffet lunch, shop talk, and chit-chat. Then we sat down again after a while.

Joni talked about the Kantara Initiative, which works:
- on implementing certification and audit programs for identity providers (OpenID or otherwise) covering reliability of authentication, security, and privacy safeguards
- on developing standards for machine-readable metadata describing what guarantees for the above specific identity providers offer and which minimum guarantees users, applications, or services require.

It will support (supports?) multiple protocols and authentications frameworks.

John and Nat described OpenID/Artifact Binding, a variant of OpenID that requires the UA to pass only opaque tokens between OP and RP, instead of the whole set of OpenID parameters. Instead, those get exchanged directly between OP and RP, using the opaque tokens as transaction IDs. This alleviates problems related to URL length and POST vs. GET redirection (which is more of a problem with HTTPS). They segued into something multiparty called Contract Exchange (CX) that (IIRC) is designed to do the same thing as AX (Attribute Exchange) for several sources in parallel (with appropriate cross-source privacy and isolation safeguards), and ended with JSON signing and encryption. All of those should have draft standards available by the end of 2010, if they don't already.

Some guy whose name I forgot discussed data ownership and Personal Data Stores. He first covered the current situation, with data duplicated and fragmented across services, and at the mercy of providers' and lawmakers' whim when it comes to privacy, integrity, or even continued existence. Then he discussed his solution: a personal data store consolidating all data about and produced by him (which would presumably include his own data contributed to social-network and social-media sites) and putting it under his own control and policies.

Other services would either query his personal data store as needed, or (maybe - I tuned out for a few minutes at this point because I was reviewing my own slides one last time) search it for possibly relevant offers they should send him - I think he meant that when he said adding a "fly to Tokyo" entry to his diary should trigger an offer from Japan Air Lines, as opposed to him having to go to their website. I don't know whether he also discussed privacy controls, or how to avoid being deluged with Viagra spam following a "Urologist appointment" diary entry.

Pau Amma (me) discussed application-level problems with renaming of OpenID identities and dealing with history, stored identities that are no longer current or became ambiguous, and similar niceties, The talk quickly turned into a discussion with John and Nat on which OpenID features or components would help solve which problem, and which parts would require extensions to OpenID. HTMLized or PDFized version of slides available upon request.


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