#YesAllWomen and Ed-Tech Conferences, or Why ISTE is Unsafe

Audrey Watters, Universities Canada, Jun 13, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I'm still dealing with backlog, so I didn't see it when it came out 9 days ago, but it's important enough to pass along. Audrey Watters writes, "Ariel Norling published an incredibly brave article — an incredibly difficult to read article — chronicling predatory behavior and sexual assault at last year’s ISTE conference." She then relates her own experiences in the field, and the "utterly dismissive, if not utterly disgusting" response offered by ISTE's Brian Lewis. I think that the abuse women face in the technology community, even educational technology, is well documented, and I think that leaders of educational organizations have to get out in front of this issue, have to be vocal, and have to set clear expectations of appropriate conduct both inside and outside conference venues.

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