Deciphering Lela's Code www.donestech.netMETALAB 18.09.2009 PARAFLOWS KATALINSCHER VEREIN IN WIEN Nuria Verges Eva Cruells
Encouraging w&m to get womyn into technologies • Structure of the Session: • 1) Manifesto Video (10 minutes) • 2) Donestech? Who we are? Why did we start? What do we do? What do we expect? (5 minutes) • 3) Genders and technologies : a mutually constitutive relationship (5 minutes) • 4) Video: Gender inequalities (7 minutes) • 4) Barriers and opportunities (20 minutes) • 5) What to do next? (15 minutes) • 5) Video Free Software and Dreams (10 minutes) • 6) Anything to add? Anything else? (any time left)
Encouraging w&m to get womyn into technologies • Donestech? Who we are? Why did we start? What do we do? What do we expect? • Technoactivist background + social research experience. Women and men • To explore the relation between women and technologies from the experiences of women already involved in technologies (generate knowledge through research) • To experiment with ICT (generate practice through activities such as visualisations, free software, web, workshops...) • To create networks among women in technologies (generate empowerment through meetings and public activities...) • To visualize women experiences with technologies in order to provoke reflexion about gender and technologies and change (generate change through presentations, audiovisuals, publications, web...)
Encouraging w&m to get womyn into technologies Gender perspective is not an issue, it is a critical perspective , a way of viewing the world Gender : socially constructed / changes in every culture and context Technology is not neutral / Castells: technology is not an isolated dispositive it is society istself reflecting desires and needs of persons Technological devices are socially conformed:use, design and technical content Gender and technology are mutually constitutive and are cultural processes that can be negotiated and changed Technology Gender
Encouraging w&m to get womyn into technologies • Barriers and opportunities: Discussion • Motivation: encouraging/discouraging aspects Access & learning: closing/reopening an open door? Development: retain and promote? Intro: video lela: gender inequalities
Encouraging w&m to get womyn into technologies • Barriers and motivations: • Motivation: discouraging aspects 1)Gender roles & sterotypes “technologies are not for women” “are only for men”, women social – men techcnological “technologies are not social”. Family and friends discouraging (ex lack for a room with computer), Gender orientation at school Sexist publicity (only men as subjects), Lack of tech products as games without gender stereotypes, Elitism and mistycism of the technology: more inteligent task Narrow view of technologies: what about domestic technologies?
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Encouraging w&m to get womyn into technologies • Barriers and motivations: • Motivation: discouraging aspects 2) Lack of friendly networks – comunities to practices, share, encourage 3) Lack of role models: invisibilization and critical mass >>>image // previous knowledge // discouraged will and curiosity So is it for you too?!
Encouraging w&m to get womyn into technologies • Barriers and opportunities: Access & learning: • -resources: for me or for all? sharing... • -previous knowledge? Have I met you before? • -domestic labour? What about administration tasks? • -self-confidence: recognition of habilities, yes we can! • -tools and contents for who? Language? Aproach? needs? • -time: night time? Eternal meetings? • -anyone to welcome you? • -can I do it by myself? I want my mouse back! • -how do I know if it has been understood? • -practice oriented • - Go where they are : be active in recruiting, making diffusion..
Encouraging w&m to get womyn into technologies • Barriers & oportunities : Development: retain and promote • Competition vs solidarity and sharing • Sexism: language, jokes, • Sustainable timing: what about the rest of your life? • Value & recognition of women's knwoledge • Listen to them , do not presupose • Value diversity • Widen technology definition • Allow women's networks for empowerment and colaborate with • Redistribution of tasks and roles • Be aware of gender stereotypes and be patient!
Encouraging w&m to get womyn into technologies • How to encourage women's participation in technologies? • (Val Henson: How to encourage women in linux) • Reconstruct a femenine image of technology too • To recuperate historical contribution of women in technology • To look for new references: to invite women as a trainers or speakers that are involved in technologies • Make visible different uses and practices of technology • Look for Good practices: non sexist practices • Don't tell sexist jokes / Do protest sexist jokes • Don't take the keyboard away / keep that in women's hand
Hypatia / (370 D.C) Primera mujer matemática . Ada Augusta Byron King / Ada Lovelace (1815 - 1852) primera programadora en la historia de las computadoras. Barbara McClintock / (1902 - 1992) Genetista/ Premio Nobel Medicina 1983. ENIAC / Kay Antonelli, Jean Bartik, Betty Holberton, Marlyn Meltzer, Frances Spence y Ruth Teitelbaum. .
Encouraging w&m to get womyn into technologies • How to encourage women's participation in technologies? • Do encourage women in computing: Take women's complaints seriously (studies, causes why women are not in tech..) • Don't stare and point when women arrive "I've never bothered going to a LUG but I've been to other geek events where everyone has turned around and stared when I walked in... it felt more like the 'stranger walks into a bar scene' in a western than anything else." • Do treat new arrivals politely / Don't make new people feel unwelcome / Do help new people get involved • Don't treat women stereotypically • Use Non sexist language
Encouraging w&m to get womyn into technologies • Video : • women and Free Software • Dreams and whishes
Encouraging w&m to get womyn into technologies • Anything to add? Anything else? • Vielen Dank! • Und jetzt....La Màquina de Turing (live)