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Wednesday, August 29 • 3:00pm - 3:40pm
Is the Software Itself Gender-Biased? OSS Tools and Gender Inclusivity - Anita Sarma, Oregon State University

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Gender inclusiveness in software companies is receiving a lot of attention these days, but it overlooks a potentially critical factor: software itself. Research into how individual differences cluster by gender shows that males and females often work differently with software for problem-solving, such as when trying to contribute to OSS communities.

In this talk, Dr. Sarma will describe a  field-tested method based on five facets of statistical gender differences in preferred cognitive styles, and will then present what the method reveals about Open-Source Software tools and infrastructure — namely that the tools themselves are deeply implicated in gender disparities in OSS communities. The talk will close with concrete ways in which the OSS community can get involved in OSS mentoring research, get involved in removing gender biases from software that OSS produces, and more.

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Anita Sarma

Associate Professor, Oregon State University
Anita Sarma is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University. Before this she was an Assistant Professor at University of Nebraska, Lincoln; a post-doctoral scholar at Carnegie Mellon University, and a doctoral student at University of California, Irvine. Through this journey... Read More →

Wednesday August 29, 2018 3:00pm - 3:40pm PDT
Room 121