Taylor Barnett

Exploring Privilege in Open Source Communities (OSCON London 2016)


While I was working on this talk, I read a lot of blog posts, issue threads, pull request threads, listened to a few podcasts, watched a bunch of videos, and much more. I wanted to give credit to the creators, and provide resources for others to think more about these topics. I will likely add more resources in the future.

If you are one of the creators listed, feel free to submit a pull request this page to link back to yourself. Also, to anyone who I have talked to about this topic, thank you for your time. <3

If you have limited time, check out the * ones first.

Privilege, Community, and Open Source by Jessica Lord *

Gendered Language: Feature or Bug in Software Documentation? by Tim Chevalier

On accepting privilege by Lindsey Bieda *

Non-Coding Contributors in Open Source by Stacy Mullins & Jesse Cooke

Octohatrack *

What Your Open Source Culture Really Says, Part One by Shanley Kane

The Hidden Power Dynamics of Open Source by Anonymous Author

Acknowledging Non-Coding Contributions by Katie McLaughlin

The Ethics of Unpaid Labor and the OSS Community by Ashe Dryden

Avoiding bad practices in open source project management by Julien Danjou

Sustainable Open Source by Jan Lehnardt *

Welcoming Communities by Gregor Martynus

Your Brain's API: Giving and Getting Technical Help by Sasha Laundy

Lending Privilege by Anjuan Simmons *

Urllib3, Stripe, and Open Source Grants by Andrey Petrov

Roads and Bridges: The Unseen Labor Behind Our Digital Infrastructure by Nadia Eghbal

The Dark Side of Open Source by Karolina Szczur

Request for Commits: Building Communities with Jan Lehnardt by Nadia Eghbal & Mikeal Rogers *

Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color by Kimberlé Willams Crenshaw

Kimberlé Crenshaw On Intersectionality

Hidden Brain: The Perils of Power


For my first major conference talk that was longer than 25 mintues, I am pretty excited how it turned out. Yes, there are some things I could have worked on, but the most important thing was putting the ideas out there in a useful way. I would love to give it again at other conferences and am currently looking for suggestions of where it might be a good fit. Please tweet me suggestions!