FemTechNet is a feminist network of scholars, artists, and activists. As of September 2016, FemTechNet has been decentralized, horizontally-organized collective. Projects Focused on the network HAS include a Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) working group of instructors and distributed, open, collaborative races (DCCO Instructors), a multi-campus initiative That marshals technological connectivity to build collaborative feminist races. FemTechNet has also devoted effort and developed resources to critically edit Wikipedia to offset the gender imbalance among editor demographics, and effort called “Wikistorming.” FemTechNet has been described as “

Background

The network began in Southern California in 2012 with Anne Balsamo and Alexandra Juhasz as co-founders and co-facilitators. [4] FemTechNet’s S & M, S & M, and Women’s Studies, Art and Women’s Studies , Queer and Ethnic Studies. ” [5] The network began with a” longing “for a” feminist scholarly and artistic community that deeply understood the histories of feminist work as well as focused on pushing the horizon of contemporary efforts. ” [6]

Distributed Open Collaborative Races (DOCC), which have involved critically editing aka “storming” Wikipedia entries, were among the first projects spearheaded by the network. However, the DOCC course has used networked technologies in many innovative ways, including developing “nodal” classes around shared themes that are augmented by video discussions available on FemTechNet’s website by participating university instructors. The first DOCC, “Dialogues in Feminism and Technology,” [7] was initiated in 2013 as Rutgers University , The New School , CUNY , University of California at San Diego , University of Illinois , Ohio State University , Bowling Green State University , Pitzer College , Colby-Sawyer College , Penn State University , California Polytechnic University , Ontario College of Art and Design , Brown University , and Yale University . Non-traditional students take the course via the FTN website’s free, self-directed learner component. [4] Ontario College of Art and Design , Brown University , and Yale University . Non-traditional students take the course via the FTN website’s free, self-directed learner component. [4] Ontario College of Art and Design , Brown University , and Yale University . Non-traditional students take the course via the FTN website’s free, self-directed learner component. [4]

Pitzer College , California Polytechnic University , California State University Fullerton , Ontario College of Art and Design , Temple University , Texas A and M University , University of California, San Diego , and Yale University . [8]

In 2013 FemTechNet launched “Storming Wikipedia”, which aims to encourage students to engage in Wikipedia editing. Portrayed as a response to Wikipedia’s gender imbalance , [9] the assignment est used to highlight “the significant contributions of feminists to technology”. [10] “Wikistorming” got the attention of mainstream media networks, including a story by Fox News and CampusReform.org, which framed the effort as biased not critically corrective. [11]

Resources

FemTechNet developed resources for participants, including an hour-long instructional video on editing Wikipedia by FemTechNet Participant and Wikipedian, Adrianne Wadewitz , and FemTechNet WikiParty videowhich also provides editing advice in two minute segment.

References

  1. Jump up^ “Feminist digital initiative challenges universities’ race for MOOCs” . OCAD University . Retrieved October 24, 2013 .
  2. Jump up^ Jaschik, Scott (August 19, 2013). “Feminist Anti-MOOC” . Inside Higher Ed . Retrieved October 24, 2013 .
  3. Jump up^ Baker, Katie JM “The Lady Geeks Are Coming For Wikipedia”. Jezebel .
  4. ^ Jump up to:b Enlow, Callie (September 18, 2013). “FemTechNet Hopes to Revolutionize SA’s Higher Education Possibilities” . San Antonio Current . Retrieved 2013-11-26 .
  5. Jump up^ “About FemTechNet” . FemTechNet Commons . Retrieved 2013-11-26 .
  6. Jump up^ Juhasz, Alexandra; Balsamo, Anne; Juhasz, Alexandra; Balsamo, Anne (2012-11-01). “An Idea Whose Time is Here: FemTechNet – Distributed Online Collaborative Course (DOCC)” . Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology (1). ISSN  2325-0496 . Doi : 10.7264 / N3MW2F2J .
  7. Jump up^ Naili, Hajer (August 15, 2013). “Feminists Launch Model for Online Learning” . Women’s eNews .
  8. Jump up^ 2013-2014 DOCC Nodes. Femtechnet.org. Retrieved on 2016-05-29.
  9. Jump up^ Liss-Schultz, Nina (August 23, 2013). “Can These Students Fix Wikipedia’s Lady Problem?” . Mother Jones . Retrieved October 24, 2013 .
  10. Jump up^ Nadeem, M. (August 21, 2013). “FemTechNet Launches Online Course on Feminism and Technology” . Education News . Retrieved 2013-11-26 .
  11. Jump up^ “Wikisource: Colleges Offer Credit to Inject Feminism into Wikipedia.” Fox News. 6 September 2013.

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