ACM womENcourage 2019 Gendering ICT Workshop, Rome, Italy, 17 September 2019

The Gendering ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Workshop was organized by Silvana Badaloni (Padova University and Associazione Donne e Scienza), Francesca A. Lisi (Bari University), Lorenza Perini (Padova University) and Gunay Kazimzade (Berlin Technical University).


A wider discussion among participants on how to increase women participation in ICT closed the workshop. From the left: Gunay Kazimzade, Francesca A. Lisi and Silvana Badaloni.


The problems of the strong under-representation of women in the field of ICT in Europe and the US and of their low access to career progression were addressed. Across 35 European countries, in fact, less than 20% of computer science graduates are women.


The workshop discussed:

  • the cultural and social gender stereotypes (Lorenza Perini);
  • the need to include the gender dimension in the Computer Science contents: being tools, algorithms and devices that AI (Artificial Intelligence)/Machine Learning and Robotics develop are not gender neutral (Silvana Badaloni);
  • the problem of biased AI (Gunay Kazimzade);
  • the new languages for communicating gender issues in ICT ideated by the D.A.K.I.N.I. project on an idea of the collective AjaRiot of performing arts (Francesca A. Lisi).


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