women and technology and the need for change
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Looking at gender and technology; the disparity in input, design, influence, and the implications for the virtual world. Are we meeting everyone's needs?
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How to make scary decisions

How to make scary decisions | women and technology and the need for change | Scoop.it
If you want to operate outside your comfort zone, get comfortable being uncomfortable.
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Well done Rebecca.  Great to hear about the challenges, and even better to hear you pushed through. Loving littleville.com.au.  Well done on a great job, and for persevering.  We need more women to jump in and make their ideas become a reality, just as you have done.

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The Real Reasons Why Women Don't Run Tech Companies

The Real Reasons Why Women Don't Run Tech Companies | women and technology and the need for change | Scoop.it
This week as Twitter goes public, let’s reintroduce the question about why aren’t more women at the helm of technology companies and other growth industries.

Via Hoang-Anh Phan
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Starts from a young age, where little boys avidly engage in tech whilst girls engage in other pursuits. That lack of natural curiosity by girls (by nature) sows the seed for the the growing divide between boys and girls... the knowledge gained in those earlier years shape a clear pathway for boys, but for girls who decide on a technical path the challenge is to catch up to their tinkering counterparts.

 

It is those boys who grow up to develop solutions, to influence product design and enterprise solutions; and ultimately to set up companies And sit on boards in positions of influence.  More alarming than 'not having women at the helm of companies' as highlighted in the article, is the fact that women are not even adequately represented at the coal face .

 

What does this mean for the shape of our web? It means that the web is really a man's crafted domain, and as such the ability for women to engage and influence is further hindered by the gendered solutions and focus.

 

If it is such a male dominated domain, does the web meet the needs of everyone? How would it look if women were given equal influence in development, architecture, commercialisation. More interestingly, what would it look like if the representation were to be reversed; a World Wide Web designed, delivered and controlled by women. Chances are we would have a very different environment...perhaps better standards defined and ruled less by the pursuits of the few controlling players, and more in the interests of many. Maybe this is a pipe dream, but then, by nature women are more nurturing than competitive, so perhaps somewhat of a reality. Any rate, we will never know, as the web is on a trajectory that can be altered, but not significantly changed. The foundations have been laid, standards defined, and influence established.

 

Things will change as our current generation enter the workforce, with girls and boys on a far more equal footing given the rise of social web and the rise of consumeristation of the web; the rise of access to understanding without the need to tinker under the bonnet.

 

Technology is now engaging both genders, so the future looks exciting. We are going to see change in design and application. Change that may not have been perceived as important to men, but may offer significant productivity gains for the currently underrepresented voices. Exciting times ahead.

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Giving New Meaning to 'Girl Power'

Giving New Meaning to 'Girl Power' | women and technology and the need for change | Scoop.it
These women have built social networks, developed schools, and designed energy-generating soccer balls. What global issues are these Mothers of Invention tackling next?
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Is Coding the Language of the Digital Age? | ScienceFriday.com

Is Coding the Language of the Digital Age? | ScienceFriday.com | women and technology and the need for change | Scoop.it

With smartphones, tablets, and apps, coding is becoming the language of the digital age, but is the U.S. lagging behind?

 

A panel of experts discusses how we can improve our coding literacy and close the programming gap among youth, women and minorities.

 

Click headline to listen to this Science Friday radio segment when it becomes available online--


Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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9 Women in Tech Building Apps That Make a Difference | Slideshow

9 Women in Tech Building Apps That Make a Difference | Slideshow | women and technology and the need for change | Scoop.it
To this day, women are far outnumbered by men in the tech world. Here are nine women helping to prove tech development isn't a man's world.

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