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Diversity in Computer Science

Design Artefacts for Equity and Inclusion

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  • Contextualizes the unbalanced gender representation in computing in Denmark historically

  • Introduces four design principles for opening Computer Science as a field and profession using Makerspace Methodologies allowing people from diverse backgrounds to see themselves as successful within the field

  • Demonstrates the principles through three IoT design artefacts: Cyberbear, Cryptoshere, and GRACE, and how these artefacts were used for data collection and interventions

  • Situates important equity concepts within the computing domain allowing decision makers to learn and improve diversity, equity, and inclusion within computing organizations

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xix
  2. The State of Diversity in Computer Science in 2022

    • Pernille Bjørn, Maria Menendez-Blanco, Valeria Borsotti
    Pages 1-8Open Access
  3. FemTech.dk Research Initiative

    • Pernille Bjørn, Maria Menendez-Blanco, Valeria Borsotti
    Pages 9-12Open Access
  4. Interventionist Research

    • Pernille Bjørn, Maria Menendez-Blanco, Valeria Borsotti
    Pages 13-17Open Access
  5. Makerspace Methodologies & Design Principles

    • Pernille Bjørn, Maria Menendez-Blanco, Valeria Borsotti
    Pages 19-28Open Access
  6. Cyberbear & Cryptosphere: Sociomaterial-Design, Social Belonging, and Gender Representations

    • Pernille Bjørn, Maria Menendez-Blanco, Valeria Borsotti
    Pages 29-56Open Access
  7. GRACE: Designing Sociomaterial Assemblages Unpacking Gender Equity in Computing

    • Pernille Bjørn, Maria Menendez-Blanco, Valeria Borsotti
    Pages 57-76Open Access
  8. Equity & Inclusion

    • Pernille Bjørn, Maria Menendez-Blanco, Valeria Borsotti
    Pages 77-96Open Access
  9. Organizational Change for Equity & Inclusion

    • Pernille Bjørn, Maria Menendez-Blanco, Valeria Borsotti
    Pages 97-102Open Access
  10. Final Reflections

    • Pernille Bjørn, Maria Menendez-Blanco, Valeria Borsotti
    Pages 103-110Open Access
  11. Back Matter

    Pages 117-128

About this book

This is an open access book that covers the complete set of experiences and results of the FemTech.dk research which we have had conducted between 2016-2021 – from initiate idea to societal communication. 

Diversity in Computer Science: Design Artefacts for Equity and Inclusion presents and documents the principles, results, and learnings behind the research initiative FemTech.dk, which was created in 2016 and continues today as an important part of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen’s strategic development for years to come. FemTech.dk was created in 2016 to engage with research within gender and diversity and to explore the role of gender equity as part of digital technology design and development. FemTech.dk considers how and why computer science as a field and profession in Denmark has such a distinct unbalanced gender representation in the 21st century. 

This book is also the story of how we (the authors) as computer science researchers embarked on a journey to engage with a new research field – equity and gender in computing – about which we had only sporadic knowledge when we began. We refer here to equity and gender in computing as a research field – but in reality, this research field is a multiplicity of entangled paths, concepts, and directions that forms important and critical insights about society, gender, politics, and infrastructures which are published in different venues and often have very different sets of criteria, values, and assumptions. Thus, part of our journey is also to learn and engage with all these different streams of research, concepts, and theoretical approaches and, through these engagements, to identify and develop our own theoretical platform, which has a foundation in our research backgrounds in Human–Computer Interaction broadly – and Interaction Design & Computer Supported Cooperative Work specifically.

Keywords

  • Gender Equity
  • Computer Science
  • Femtech
  • Interactive Dsign
  • Inclusion
  • Research Through Design
  • Makerspace
  • Interventionist Interaction Design
  • Action Research Confession
  • IoT
  • Tangle Computing
  • Human Centered Computing
  • Open Access
  • computing
  • computer science
  • makerspace methodologies
  • tangible interfaces
  • history of computing
  • Computer supported cooperative work
  • human computer interaction

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Pernille Bjørn, Valeria Borsotti

  • Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy

    Maria Menendez-Blanco

About the authors

Professor Pernille Bjørn, PhD, is an internationally recognized and highly esteemed researcher within the computer science area Human– Computer Interaction (HCI), with a specialized focus on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). Dr. Bjørn became the first woman to become full professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen (DIKU), when she was recruited in 2015. Dr. Bjørn created FemTech.dk in 2016, together with Dr. Maria Menendez-Blanco, and continues the work currently with Ph.D. candidate Valeria Borsotti. FemTech.dk focuses on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Computer Science.

Maria Menendez-Blanco, PhD, is an interaction design researcher working in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction, Computer- Supported Collaborative Work, and Participatory Design. Her research focuses on how digital technologies can enable, or hinder, democratic processes of participation. she often collaborates with collectives, practitioners, and the public administration. Topics related to gender and intersectional aspects are core to her research - and to her academic and personal life. Following-up on her work in FemTech.dk, she is working on how interactive data representations can foster debates on gender.

Valeria Borsotti is a digital anthropologist and PhD candidate in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), where she also serves as Diversity Chair. She holds a MS in Anthropology and a BA in Literary Theory. Her research focuses on equity, accessibility, and inclusivity in computing education, in particular looking at how social norms and values around gender and dis/ability are embedded in humor, spaces, artefacts, and organizational practices – and how we can effect positive change as a collective.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Diversity in Computer Science

  • Book Subtitle: Design Artefacts for Equity and Inclusion

  • Authors: Pernille Bjørn, Maria Menendez-Blanco, Valeria Borsotti

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-13314-5

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Computer Science, Computer Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2023

  • License: CC BY

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-13313-8

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-13314-5

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 122

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations, 30 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: The Computing Profession, Computers and Society, Gender Studies

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)