Art critique

Hacking diversity? Collectivity, Criticism, and Attention in Open Technology Communities by Christina Dunbar-Hester, Ph.D

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Christina Dunbar-Hester 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 a faculty member of the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, and she holds a PhD in science and technology studies from Cornell University. She is currently writing Oil Beach: How Toxic Infrastructure Threatens Life in the Ports of Los Angeles and Beyond, under contract with University of Chicago Press.


In recent years, conflicts over values ​​and practices have emerged in the hacking and free/free and open source (FLOSS) communities, centered on diversity and inclusion. This conference presents ethnographic research on feminist hacking and “diversity” efforts in mainstream hacking and FLOSS. It explores how participants work through the thorny issues of inclusion in their practices with code, hardware, and each other. It illustrates how there is more at stake in the ‘diversity hack’ than representational politics can capture and argues that how diversity advocates limit their interventions matters to the hacking of communities. , for “technology” more broadly, and for the critical analysis of technology-driven cultures. .