Open Source Barriers to Entry: Are Tools Complicit in Gender Bias

Gender inclusiveness in open source projects is receiving a lot of attention these days, but it overlooks a potentially critical factor- the software that open source developers use. This talk explores how the OSS tools and infrastructure might be adding to newcomer barriers and be implicated in gender bias. Because different facets of individual differences tend to cluster by gender, an inspection method called GenderMag (Gender-Inclusiveness Magnifier - created by Distinguished Professor Margaret Burnett at Oregon State University) that helps practitioners to find and fix gender inclusiveness issues in their own software will be introduced. The results of field studies of open source technology inhibitors conducted by Professors Anita Sarma and Margaret Burnett at Oregon State University will be included in the session

Susan Malaika

Senior Technical Staff (IBM)
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