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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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The Conscience of a (Feminist) Hacker

The Conscience of a (Feminist) Hacker

Political Stances Within Diversity Advocacy

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Hacking Diversity

Christina Dunbar-Hester

Princeton University Press

This chapter follows diversity advocacy as it intersects with political stances that relate to but are broader than diversity advocacy. It focuses on social justice activism, antimilitarism, and anticolonialism. It talks about sites where feminist hackers in particular often articulate connections to broader values that can inform hacking, but often stop short of full-throated critique, in part because of the ambiguous relationship of their activities to paid labor. The chapter lays out hacking culture as a medium where diversity advocates' political intentions are being sown. It then talks about the lines of diversity advocacy as they intersect with political stances that relate to diversity advocacy. Some political intentions expressed by diversity advocates are quite at odds with a right or libertarian political slant, which potentially inhibits their likelihood for growth in hacking culture. The unlikely growth of diversity advocates in the hacking medium reflects both an urgent grasping for alternatives and the need to grapple intensely with the threat of recuperation by political agendas with which one does not intend to align.

Keywords:   diversity advocacy, social justice activism, antimilitarism, anticolonialism, hacking, libertarian

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