New resources for ally skills, codes of conduct, and more

It’s been more than two years since our last round-up of work that continues the mission of the Ada Initiative. If you are looking for new resources on ally skills, codes of conduct, fighting online harassment, and more, keep reading!

Ally skills advice column

Valerie Aurora launched Dear Ally Skills Teacher, an advice column answering questions on how to use your power and privilege to support those with less, with a focus on the tech industry. Send in your questions about ally skills and read the first column here.

Ally skills book

Karen Catlin published “Better Allies: Everyday actions to create inclusive, engaging workplaces.” It focuses on what managers and executives in the tech industry can do to build a more inclusive workplace, but can be applied more broadly. She also runs a Twitter account sharing ally skills tips at @betterallies.

Code of conduct book

Valerie Aurora and Mary Gardiner released a free ebook, “How to Respond to Code of Conduct Reports,” edited by Annalee Flower Horne. This book summarized what they learned during more than seven years of writing and enforcing codes of conduct, and includes more than a dozen real-world case studies of code of conduct reports and responses.


We can’t list all the conferences that have been influenced by AdaCamp, but one that is more directly inspired by AdaCamp is AvramCamp, an unconference from LITA, the Library and Information Technology Association. AvramCamp is named after Henriette Avram, a key figure in library history who was a software engineer at the Library of Congress and invented the machine-readable cataloging format that libraries still use for bibliographic data. See our previous update post for more AdaCamp-inspired conferences.

Fighting online harassment

Leigh Honeywell and Logan Dean co-founded Tall Poppy, which helps your employees stay ahead of the online threats that harm their personal lives through security awareness training and compassionate care in case of incidents.

Feminist blog about geek spaces

At The Bias, Annalee Flower Horne and Natalie Luhrs publish critical feminist analysis of issues relating to diversity and inclusion in geek spaces, including science fiction, fantasy, books, games, comics, movies, fandom, science, data, and tech.

Fundraising advice

Mary Gardiner wrote a series of posts summarizing what she learned while fundraising for the Ada Initiative, in the hope that “new women in technology groups and other activist groups can skip to advanced level fundraising much sooner.”

Thank you to everyone who is continuing the Ada Initiative’s mission and work!