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Christina Dunbar-Hester is assistant professor of Journalism & Media Studies in the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University. Her research centers around politics in activist technical communities, and has appeared in such venues as Social Studies of Science, New Media & Society, and the Journal of Communication Inquiry. She is developing a book manuscript on low-power radio activism and conducting NSF-supported ethnographic research on efforts to promote diversity in FLOSS. She has also written on technology and culture in The Atlantic's Technology Channel.
The numbers of women in the field of computer science are dismal and even worse in the arena of FLOSS; a widely-cited study showed that only 1.5% of FLOSS practitioners were women (as compared with 28% in proprietary software). As … Continue reading
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