It's Ada Lovelace Day! Here's a fascinating intro
to the Countess, her work, and especially to how people have been trying to disparage and minimize her contribution to computer science for a century. The first sentences for anyone who's not familiar with this amazing woman:
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (known as Ada Lovelace) is probably a familiar figure to most of our readers. She is the world’s first computer programmer, writing the instructions to carry out a computer program on what would have been the world’s first computer if it had been built – the Analytical Engine, designed by famous inventor Charles Babbage.
Tech and open culture sites all over the internets have been posting Ada-related posts, from the Free Software Foundation
to the AO3
and the Electronic Frontier Foundation
. However, my favorite quote of all the Ada Lovelace Day-related content floating around is this absolutely damning assessment
This whole "recruit non-white, on-male, non-heterosexual people" is nothing more than feminism.
They're on to us. (Found via Tom Morris
If you have money you urgently need to get rid of, a good way to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day would be donating to the Ada Initiative
or the OTW
, both projects that are doing great work for women in tech and open culture. Both also happen to be holding fundraisers right now, so any contributions or signal-boosting would be very welcome.