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Hacking DiversityThe Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology Cultures$
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Christina Dunbar-Hester

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691192888

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691192888.001.0001

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History, Heresy, Hacking

History, Heresy, Hacking

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Hacking Diversity

Christina Dunbar-Hester

Princeton University Press

This chapter provides a historical background of the cultural strands that intertwine to produce diversity advocacy in open-technology. It gives an overview of the history of women in computing, cyberfeminism, and hacking and FLOSS, while challenging conventional accounts of hacking. It also includes critiques to suggest that present-day diversity advocacy needs to be read as a recentering and redefinition of what counts as hacking and by extension, who counts as a hacker or technological agent more generally. National and global economic and labor currents are important contexts for understanding diversity advocacy. So, too, is the underarticulated history of hacking in which peripheral people and practices move to the center of the frame. At present, exhortations to “learn to code” are all but deafening.

Keywords:   diversity advocacy, open-technology, cyberfeminism, FLOSS, hacking, Kali Tal, Lilly Nguyen, computing

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