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Meet the Authors: Hacking Diversity: The Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology Cultures

In recent years, conflicts over values and practices have emerged in hacking and free/libre and open source (FLOSS) communities, centering around diversity and inclusion. Based on ethnographic research, this talk presents how participants work through thorny issues of inclusion in their practices with artifacts and with one another. It illustrates how there is more at stake in "hacking diversity" than a politics of representation can capture, and argues that how diversity advocates bound their interventions matters for both hacking/open source communities and "tech" more broadly.

Presenters

Christina Dunbar-Hester is an associate professor at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California, and she holds a PhD in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University. She is the author of Hacking Diversity: The Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology Cultures (Princeton U Press, 2020) and Low Power to the People: Pirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism (MIT Press, 2014). She is currently writing a book on multispecies life and death in the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, under contract with University of Chicago Press. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Berggruen Institute, the Andrew J. Mellon Humanities Project, the Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society.