Hey Folks: I would like to submit my name for consideration. I’ve been lurking here for some time, to see what the community was like, given that I come from the Internet Freedom community. Specifically, my name is Sand Ordonez, and im the co-founder of the Internet Freedom Festival, one of the largest gathering spots for digital rights defenders from all over the world, especially for the most vulnerable, at-risk groups in the world.
This project is my life and work, so let me talk a bit about it: The project focuses on supporting FLOSS technologists, activists, journalists, civil society and their allies, that are working at the intersection of human rights and technology. For examples, projects groups that have regularly used the IFF as a gathering spot include everything from Tor to Guardian Project, to grassroot groups from all over the world. You can view a sample of our community here: https://internetfreedomfestival.org/partners-supporters. We have also been credited for helping diversify the IF space, elevating voice of the most marginalized, and creating safe spaces that speak to the needs of the most vulnerable communities. For example, more than 50% of our folks identify as women or gender non-conforming.
Besides that, I’m one of the first Latinas to occupy leadership position in the FLOSS community, serving as the first director of communications for Wikipedia in like 2006, and volunteering with tons of FLOSS projects. Im passionate about helping the world of technology to do better to better serve the world. And we need it - funding in the Internet Freedom world has been INSANELY hit this year (Not sure if you s aw the #SaveInternetFreedom campaign. This impacts frontline communities all over the world fighting authoritarian surveillance and censorship the most, who were so dependent on the funding. This means the folks fighting internet blackouts, online censorship and surveillance, and advocating for Digital rights need your help more than ever. They need more folks looking to supporting them.
I know the following issues really well, and the communities behind them: floss circumvention technology, digital rights, Internet Freedom, digital security, privacy, security, freedom of expression, human rights intersection with tech.
On a personal note, I grew up in the Bronx in an immigrant family My parents had a butcher shop, so I spent a lot of my time working at it. I’m passionate about racial justice, diversity and inclusion, and I love old school tech culture of the early 90s when things where community based, useful and creative.
I am new to your community, but I feel like i can bring a lot of skills to your community, including a VERY GOOD listening ear and how to build stronger community feedback loops!!
((((hug)))) From a very cold NYC