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[diversity] Tonight at 20:20 , at Remote CCC: Diversity talk

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Vesna Manojlovic

2020-12-29 09:48:46 CET

RIPE NCC staff member

Dear all,

a talk that might interest you:

Hacking Diversity: The Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology Cultures

Dec. 29, 2020, 8:20 p.m. - Dec. 29, 2020, 9:20 p.m.

A firsthand look at efforts to improve diversity in software and
hackerspace communities

Hacking, as a mode of technical and cultural production, is commonly
celebrated for its extraordinary freedoms of creation and circulation.
Yet surprisingly few women participate in it: rates of involvement by
technologically skilled women are drastically lower in hacking
communities than in industry and academia. Hacking Diversity
investigates the activists engaged in free and open-source software to
understand why, despite their efforts, they fail to achieve the
diversity that their ideals support.

Christina Dunbar-Hester shows that within this well-meaning volunteer
world, beyond the sway of human resource departments and equal
opportunity legislation, members of underrepresented groups face unique
challenges. She brings together more than five years of firsthand
research: attending software conferences and training events, working on
message boards and listservs, and frequenting North American
hackerspaces. She explores who participates in voluntaristic technology
cultures, to what ends, and with what consequences. Digging deep into
the fundamental assumptions underpinning STEM-oriented societies,
Dunbar-Hester demonstrates that while the preferred solutions of tech
enthusiasts—their “hacks” of projects and cultures—can ameliorate some
of the “bugs” within their own communities, these methods come up short
for issues of unequal social and economic power. Distributing
“diversity” in technical production is not equal to generating justice.

Hacking Diversity reframes questions of diversity advocacy to consider
what interventions might appropriately broaden inclusion and
participation in the hacking world and beyond.

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