Open source software: a gendered technology?

by Musyrifah Mahmoda,Zulkhairi Md. Dahalinb

Date Published: 01 Nov 2015
Published In: Information Systems International Conference (ISICO)
Volume: 2015
Publisher: Departemen Sistem Informasi, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember
Language: id-ID

Keywords: Open Source Software; gender and technology,female developers


Exploiting the data gathered from Open Source Software contributors through in-depth interviews and Delphi method, this paper examines to what extend does gender variations affect the process of open source software development. Regardless of the rising literature on open source software process, information about gender and its issues in open source software is still limited, though the gender issues seem to be persisting issues on women in software technology industries. The extremely scarce numbers of women in open source software process reveals broader issues on the construction of open source software in its design and usage thus lead to the question of whether open source software is a gendered technology. This paper discussed that appropriate feminist approach through the lens of social constructivist’s theory are important in understanding open source software development process as whether it is a gendered technology.

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