Inclusion, diversity and gender equality: Gender Dimensions of the Free/Libre Open Source Software Development

The FLOSS development is responding to the ICT development in various ways. This essay describes and
analyses challenges (societal and organisational) and advantages (e.g. new models for mobile and collaborative
work online), particularly regarding gender issues, encountered in the recent FLOSS development. The focus of
the essay is not only on the claims made by women in the existed FLOSS community about the tensions
between male and female developers' interests and ways of doings , but also on the current obstacles against
bringing more women, who are not technically competent, to participate in the FLOSS development. This paper
concludes with suggestions on how to create rules and resources and the creation of a common FLOSS space
for both genders.
Publication date: 
Lunes, Mayo 30, 2005
Year of publication: 
2005

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