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Interview: We Got Coders’ Dan Garland on getting women into tech

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Dan Garland is the founder of We Got Coders, a residential coding school that is offering scholarships to women who want to learn how to code.

Currently, only around 25 to 40 per cent of attendants at We Got Coders are women, something Dan wants to change. Women are often his most talented students.

We had a chat with him to see what he thought could be done to tackle the lack of women in tech.

Female role models in tech

Dan believes that more could be done to show the impact of women in the past on the tech industry today.

Women in the gaming industry

Dan points out that often the computer gaming industry can be one of the most intimidating for women to break into.

Making tech a more accessible place for women

Dan believes that solving problems like the work/life balance and maternity leave in tech would be a good start to helping women break into the industry.

He also echoes what we heard at the event A Web For Her, adding that the purpose of an app is very important for getting women involved in developing it.

What do you think can be done to make life easier for women in tech?

Here’s the joke that brought #GamerGate back

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Months after the critical moment of #GamerGate, described as either a movement about “ethics in game journalism” or misogyny against women in gaming depending on whose side you take, the controversy is back.

The comeback is because of a joke made by Tim Schafer, a critically acclaimed game designer, during a speech at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) last Thursday, when he seemed to mock the movement and its sister hashtag, #notyourshield.

Here is the joke that has brought the movement back again:

Google seemed to enter the debate when its Google Cloud Platform account posted the tweet “The future of gaming is in all of our hands. #GamerGate.”

Later after the post, the company deleted the message and posted a new one saying it did not support the community, which has been under strong controversy over the past months.

Controversy, misogyny and cyberbullying

The popular hashtag #Gamergate, which says to stand against corruption in journalism, has also been accused of misogyny and cyberbullying.

It has started in August 2014 after a developer, Zoe Quinn, who received positive reviews for her new game Depression Quest, released in 2013, was accused by her ex-boyfriend of having had an affair with a journalist, Nathan Grayson, from Kotaku, an influential website in the gaming community.

Despite the fact he had not written about her new enterprise, an extensive discussion emerged under the movement GamerGate about corruption and nepotism in journalism. In the name of the movement, Quinn was doxxed, harassed and received death threats messages. She was a speaker at the GDC conference and talked against harassment and misogyny.

The new wave of tweets after Schafer’s joke indicates that the polemic aroung GamerGate is not gone. The posts on Twitter have also been a window into how the debates around minorities and gender equality bring controversial opinions.

The word “feminazi” also appeared. There were tweets accusing feminists of being too radical:

And there were users who seemed fed up with the fact that the discussion around gender was overshadowing the actual activity of playing games:

The debate took over the Game Developers Conference. The Daily Dot said of the movement:

“It’s a very real threat to the mental and physical well being of game developers and the health of the entire industry.”

Quinn, who spoke at the conference, seemed reluctant to name the movement and referred to GamerGate as the villain in the Harry Potter series “Voldemort”, or “He-who-must-not-be-named”, according to the VentureBeat.

“We need some defense against the dark arts,” she said.