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Wednesday, November 3 • 2:15pm - 2:45pm
Walking The Cultural Tightrope: Why We Need Codes of Conduct, and Why They’re Not Enough - Aeva Black, Microsoft

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Aeva Black, a member of the Kubernetes Code of Conduct (CoC) Committee from 2019-2021, will examine difficult topics related to CoC enforcement, and provide concrete suggestions on how to implement a CoCC based on their experience supporting the Kubernetes community through several complex incidents in the past two years.  Standard business approaches to interpersonal risk management (such as “just let HR handle it” and “don’t make us liable”) do not translate effectively to open source community management, where liability extends outside organizational accountability or authority.  Conversely, ignoring community health leads to poor - sometimes catastrophic - outcomes for technical projects, and ultimately increases business risk in your software supply chain.  In this talk, Aeva will discuss what it means to shape an open source community through a values-driven approach to leadership and provide concrete suggestions for open source projects and their corporate sponsors which can improve community health and diversity. These suggestions will be based on real examples, though all identifying details will be anonymized to maintain the confidentiality of those involved.

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Aeva Black

Open Source Hacker, Azure Office of the CTO, Microsoft
Once described as "an ancient and powerful open source dragon," Aeva Black is a dot-com veteran, an open source hacker, and a queer and non-binary geek. They work in the Azure Office of the CTO to improve the state of open source software supply chain security, and to support teams... Read More →

Wednesday November 3, 2021 2:15pm - 2:45pm PDT
Silverado West