FemTechNet is an activated network of scholars, artists, and students who work on, with, and at the borders of technology, science and feminism in a variety of fields including STS, Media and Visual Studies, Art, Women’s, Queer, and Ethnic Studies.
Members in the network collaborate on the design and creation of projects of feminist technological innovation for the purposes of engaging the interests of colleagues and students on advanced topics in feminist science-technology studies. This project seeks to engender a set of digital practices among women and girls, to teach and encourage their participation in writing the technocultural histories of the future by becoming active participants in the creation of global digital archives.
- DOCC 2013: Dialogues in Feminism and Technology (A Distributed Open Collaborative Course)
- An Idea Whose Time Is Now! FemTechNet
- The University of California FemTechNet
- FTN: Video Dialogues Series
The FemTechNet collaborations aspire to engage feminists across the globe. The first efforts of this network have resulted in projects in the United States and North America. Future projects will grow the network through collaborations with established and new networks of feminist scholars, teachers, and students who are working on topics of feminism, science, technology, and media.
Any interested feminist is welcome to participate. People can participate in the DOCC2013 through the creation of independent studies arranged by students and teachers in other learning contexts, as self-directed learners who participate on their own, and as drop-in learners who tune in for a particular discussion or topic. New FemTechNet projects can be initiated by anyone through the FTN Commons.
Here are the steps to comment on the Video Dialogues: Register or log-in to this site; Hover over the “Directories” tab; From the Directories drop-down menu, click on “FTN Working Groups”; Click on “DOCC 2013 Video Dialogues”; Click on a Video Dialogue of your choosing; Scroll to the very bottom of the page; Type into the comment box (Optional: Tag your comment; Check the box marked “Notify me of follow-up replies via e-mail); Click the Submit button; Log out!
Feminism and feminists have been integral to technology innovation, yet as recently as June 2012, The New York Times carried an article about Silicon Valley that opened with the statement: “Men invented the Internet.” As technology remakes academia and the arts, critical analysis of gender, sexualities, and race have been absent in much of this re-thinking of disciplines and practices. Since the early years of Internet availability, cyberfeminists have explored the use of the Internet for dialogue and participation across various socio-economic contexts. Access and skills for women and people from economically and technologically underserved communities (such as populations from the developing world and inner cities of the U.S.) were central concerns for feminists in developing distributed and participatory environments for learning, training and information exchange. Since the mid 1990s, cyberfeminists have developed and refined methods for inclusive teaching. But well before then, dating back centuries, women and feminists have been actively engaged in the creation of technological innovations and have been vocal advocates for the development of socially responsible, ethical, and culturally-attuned technological development and deployment.
FemTechNet participated in the UN Global Alliance on Media and Gender in December 2013. This report summarizes that participation.