Meet and Greet WiCS Event

Join us at the WiCS meeting on Friday, November 10th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at HP5345 (Seminar Room). This is our first ‘Meet and Greet WiCS Event’ for the 2017-18 academic year.

A light breakfast (coffee, tea, juice, muffins, croissants, etc) will be provided from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

During this event, participants of the 2nd Annual CAN-CWiC (Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing, Nov 3-4, 2017) event will share some of their experiences with us, and we will plan for future WiCS events for this year. We are also looking for volunteers to help build the group and hope to see lots of new faces.

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Hope to see you there!


Seminar: Programming Marginalization and Violence

Join us for our first event for 2017! Rena Bivens, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University will give a talk on Programming Marginalization and Violence on Thursday, January 26, 3:00pm, HP 5345

This talk explores the role that software plays in enacting culture and regulating our lives. Social media companies are eager to brand their software as neutral – simply a technology – but this strategy hides the important design decisions that these companies make about how data is collected, archived, and monetized. I will invite you to think about the particular capacity that software has to shape identity categories by discussing two of my recent publications. I will begin with a ten-year history of Facebook’s software and user modifications, as they specifically relate to gender, including the 2014 introduction of 58 new gender options (e.g. genderqueer, agender, gender questioning, two spirit). Then I will investigate the ten most popular English-speaking social media platforms to explore identity categorization from two different subject positions: as a new user registering an account, and as a new advertiser creating an ad. I’ll consider where gender shows up as a category and how that category is defined and deployed. Overall, I will use these examples to explore the values and assumptions that are ‘baked’ into software, how particular programming and design practices become habitual and valuable, and how software plays a role in defining what we understand as ‘normal.’

WiCS at the Expo

Look for WiCS at the Expo on Tuesday, September 6th in the Field House (at Athletics) from 12:00-4:00 pm. Meet WiCS members and learn about our upcoming events and how to get involved!

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