In October, game developer Brianna Wu was forced out of her house in Arlington and went into hiding after strangers from the GamerGate online mob posted personal threats at Wu and her family on Twitter. Wu and the scores of other women who face personal hateful speech on the Internet may one day have more options to deter their attackers.
Today the justices of the Supreme Court heard arguments about online abuse perpetrated on sites like Twitter and Facebook, the first case of its kind to reach the nation's highest court. Read MoreWomen in TechIs gender really an issue in tech? Dispatches from Web Summit
For many in the technology sector, it’s become painstakingly obvious that the industry’s gender gap is a big problem. Yet, at Web Summit this week, one of Europe’s largest tech conferences, the issue was still up for debate.
A hackathon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital this weekend is unlike a hackathon in all kinds of wonderful ways.
It's a code session for women, by women, and the focus will be mental health issues like anxiety, depression and anorexia that women are more susceptible to. Together, they encompass a fantastic intersection of the Venn diagram in the hacking space that almost no one has yet to touch.
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