Digiloglounge Digital – Diversity in IT

Thu, 24.06.2021, 5 pm

As part of the discussion series »Digiloglounge Digital«, Sabine Faller talks to Solange Martinez Demarco about diversity in IT!

What do we talk about when we talk about diversity in IT? Diversity in ICT is not a new issue, but it has been mostly associated with gender equality. Although it is a positive and necessary step towards a more egalitarian society, the dominant framing for gender equality presents the issue as a binary definition: women or men. »Why is it that if women make up half of the world’s population, they represent only about 20 per cent of the world’s employees in the sector?«

However, this conception essentialises identities, reduces diversity to biological sex and risks invisibilising other minorities and marginalised groups, such as LGBTQ+ people, Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC), people with disabilities, as well as intersectional identities. In addition, discourses on diversity in IT tend to rely on statistics regarding the number of students in computer science degrees or employees in technical positions in technology companies. However, diversity also means that it is possible to occupy other roles in the industry: in design, training, commercialisation, translation, documentation and even in research on technology as a cultural product.

Moreover, discourses on diversity in IT that focus on metrics often expect that once parity is achieved, the issue will be solved. Since this has not been the case, current diversity discourses are accompanied by ideas of equity and inclusion: »not only to sit at the table, but also to be heard«. What else can diversity mean? And, how to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion in the IT field? 

The event is held in English.

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