1. Internet convinces women not to study CS?

    I recently encountered Beth Andres-Beck’s (2012) interesting note asking is reading the Internet convincing women not to study computer science? I find her affirmative conclusion compelling as she shows:

    1. an increasing gap in interest in C.S. between men and women post-Internet (1996) in the U.S.;
    2. a negative …
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  2. Web exceptionalism: gender

    As part of the fellows program at the Berkman Center this semester is a weekly discussion period that has the theme of Web Exceptionalism, the "belief (or attitude) that the Web is a significant break in the course of history, fundamentally changing institutions, norms, behaviors... It is not always proposed …

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  3. Sexism and Two World Views

    A possible insight applicable to the FOSS and sexism controversies is the incompatibility of two worldviews.

    In the first view, one aspires to a post- or blind-"ism" world. Therefore, to highlight differences is discriminatory because it presumes that such differences are somehow essentialist, it recapitulates the very differences from …

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  4. Gendered Spaces

    The announcement of a "WikiChix" list for female only discussion has prompted a huge thread on WikiEN-l. As previously seen in discussion about an administrator only IRC channel or email list, proposals for separate spaces are particular troubling to communities with liberal egalitarian ideals. Formally excluding anyone from the larger …

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