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What's Up with FemTechNet's DOCC? A Lot!

I just spent a delightful half hour lost in the FemTechNet site---and hope you will too!    Built on a Commons in a Box site, the website is filled with great information, resources, and ideas for you to try in your own courses:

If you haven't been following this exciting project, many feminists in technology studies, gender studies, and media studies are teaching courses and offering webinars this year, with a public interface as well as with an ability to communicate across the institutions so students in one class can talk to those in others.  It's inspiring as a model for how to connect students to the issues that most shape their future.

Here's the "ABOUT FEMTECHNET" Page---but check it out.  There's something going on there every day!





FemTechNet is an activated network of scholars, artists, and students who work on, with, and at the borders of technology, science and feminism in a variety of fields including STS, Media and Visual Studies, Art, Women’s, Queer, and Ethnic Studies.

Members in the network collaborative on the design and creation of projects of feminist technological innovation for the purposes of engaging the interests of colleagues and students on advanced topics in feminist science-technology studies. This project seeks to engender a set of digital practices among women and girls, to teach and encourage their participation in writing the technocultural histories of the future by becoming active participants in the creation of global digital archives.



The FemTechNet collaborations aspire to engage feminists across the globe. The first efforts of this network have resulted in projects in the United States and North America. Future projects will grow the network through collaborations with established and new networks of feminist scholars, teachers, and students who are working on topics of feminism, science, technology, and media.




Any interested feminist is welcome to participate. People can participate in the DOCC2013 through the creation of independent studies arranged by students and teachers in other learning contexts, as self-directed learners who participate on their own, and as drop-in learners who tune in for a particular discussion or topic. New FemTechNet projects can be initiated by anyone through the FTN Commons.


Feminism and feminists have been integral to technology innovation, yet as recently as June 2012, The New York Times carried an article about Silicon Valley that opened with the statement: “Men invented the Internet.”  As technology remakes academia and the arts, critical analysis of gender, sexualities, and race have been absent in much of this re-thinking of disciplines and practices. Since the early years of Internet availability, cyberfeminists have explored the use of the Internet for dialogue and participation across various socio-economic contexts.  Access and skills for women and people from economically and technologically underserved communities (such as populations from the developing world and inner cities of the U.S.) were central concerns for feminists in developing distributed and participatory environments for learning, training and information exchange.  Since the mid 1990s, cyberfeminists have developed and refined methods for inclusive teaching. But well before then, dating back centuries, women and feminists have been actively engaged in the creation of technological innovations and have been vocal advocates for the development of socially responsible, ethical, and culturally-attuned technological development and deployment.



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