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07.06.19

Honeytraps

Posted in GNU/Linux at 6:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: “If you are any kind of open-source leader or senior figure who is male, do not be alone with any female, ever, at a technical conference. Try to avoid even being alone, ever, because there is a chance that a ‘women in tech’ advocacy group is going to try to collect your scalp,” Eric S. Raymond explained four years ago


15:17:58 XXXXXXXXXXXX | I'm super careful about honey traps.  For a 
                      | while, that's how the Ada Initiative was    
                      | trying to pre-generate outrage and collect  
                      | scalps.                                     
15:18:12          esr | REALLY?                                    
15:18:22          esr | That's perverse.                           
15:18:42 XXXXXXXXXXXX | Yeah, because the upshot is, I no longer   
                      | can afford to mentor women who are already 
                      | in tech.                                    
15:18:54          esr | Right.                                     
15:19:01 XXXXXXXXXXXX | I can and do mentor ones who are not in    
                      | it, but are interested and able            
15:19:21 XXXXXXXXXXXX | but once one is already in...  nope        
15:20:08 XXXXXXXXXXXX | The MO was to get alone with the target,   
                      | and then immediately after cry "attempted  
                      | sexual assault".                            
15:23:27          esr | When the backlash comes it's going to be   
                      | vicious.  And women who were not part of   
                      | this bullshit will suffer for it.          
15:23:41 XXXXXXXXXXXX | I can only hope.                            
15:25:21          esr | Ah. On the "Pour encourager les autres"    
                      | principle?  I hadn't thought of that.      
                      | Still damned unfortunate, though.          
15:26:40 XXXXXXXXXXXX | Linus is never alone at any conference.    
                      | This is not because he lets fame go to his
                      | head and likes having a posse around.      
15:26:54 XXXXXXXXXXXX | They have made multiple runs at him.       
15:27:29          esr | Implied warning noted.                      
15:27:34            * | XXXXXXXXXXXX nods

From “From kafkatrap to honeytrap”. As covered in Linus Torvalds targeted by honeytraps, claims Eric S. Raymond (The Register, 2015).

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