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Hacking diversity : the politics of inclusion in open technology cultures

Author: Christina Dunbar-Hester
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2020]
Series: Princeton studies in culture and technology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"We regularly read and hear exhortations for women to take up positions in STEM. The call comes from both government and private corporate circles, and it also emanates from enthusiasts for free and open source software (FOSS), i.e. software that anyone is free to use, copy, study, and change in any way. Ironically, rate of participation in FOSS-related work is far lower than in other areas of computing. A 2002  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christina Dunbar-Hester
ISBN: 9780691182070 0691182078 9780691192888 069119288X
OCLC Number: 1100447435
Description: xi, 271 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: History, heresy, hacking --
To fork or not to fork: hacking and infrastructures of care --
Crafting and critique: artifactual and symbolic outputs of diversity advocacy --
Working imaginaries: "freedom from jobs" or learning to love to labor? --
The conscience of a (feminist) hacker: political stances within diversity advocacy --
"Putting lipstick on a GNU"? representation and its discontents --
Conclusion: overcoming diveristy.
Series Title: Princeton studies in culture and technology.
Responsibility: by Christina Dunbar-Hester.

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"We regularly read and hear exhortations for women to take up positions in STEM. The call comes from both government and private corporate circles, and it also emanates from enthusiasts for free and open source software (FOSS), i.e. software that anyone is free to use, copy, study, and change in any way. Ironically, rate of participation in FOSS-related work is far lower than in other areas of computing. A 2002 European Union study showed that fewer than 2 percent of software developers in the FOSS world were women. How is it that an intellectual community of activists so open in principle to one and all -a community that prides itself for its enlightened politics and its commitment to social change - should have such a low rate of participation by women? This book is an ethnographic investigation of efforts to improve the diversity in software and hackerspace communities, with particular attention paid to gender diversity advocacy"--

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"Winner of the ASIS&T Best Information Science Book Award, Association for Information Science and Technology" "[Dunbar-Hester's] conclusions are refreshingly universal and her insights will be Read more...

 
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