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  • Coraline Ada Ehmke

    Coraline Ada Ehmke

    Coraline Ada Ehmke is an internationally recognized speaker, writer, activist, and software engineer. For more than a decade, she's been working on practical approaches to promoting the values of diversity, equity, and justice in the technology industry, with a particular focus on open source. She is the creator of Contributor Covenant, the first and most popular code of conduct for open source communities, and the Hippocratic License, an innovative open source license designed to promote and protect human rights. Coraline co-founded the Organization for Ethical Source and currently serves as its Executive Director.


A code of conduct makes a community’s norms and values explicit and enforceable. Governance makes decision-making mechanisms transparent and accountable. A license makes the conditions of adoption and reuse of the community’s work explicit and legally binding. What’s missing is a kind of “connective tissue” bringing norms, governance, adoptions, and use together into a cohesive whole. Social contracts are all around us, and have always been a natural part of our communities. They're an important part of how we ensure that general expectations of human behavior are met. The Open Social Compact (OSC) is a new social governance tool for digital communities. It's used to establish unique "citizenship models" for digital communities, supported by a robust ethical framework that promotes just, equitable, and pro-social outcomes for everyone who participates.