-- Six Panelists Address Two Timely Themes: Lack of Females in Technology Careers and Harassment of Women on the Internet --
FLUSHING, NY, March 9, 2015—Last fall, a Pew Research Center study found that 44 percent of men and 37 percent of women who use the Internet reported experiencing harassment there. But while men tend to be called offensive names, women are “significantly more likely” to be stalked and sexually harassed. At the same time, much has been written about a technology industry that is male-dominated. These two timely, interrelated themes are the subject of the 2015 Virginia Frese Palmer Conference, “Women, Technology and Internet Culture,” taking place at Queens College on Monday, March 16, from 9 am to 12 noon, on the fourth floor of the Student Union.
Each of the six panelists brings unique expertise and perspective:
Anitha Raj, “Step Up to Tackle the Myths.” President of ARAR Technology, an IT management and consulting firm, and board director of Women in Technology, Raj holds degrees in computer science and business management. She has published white papers on a variety of technology topics and is an ambassador for women and girls in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) industries.
Katherine Cross, “Ethics for Cyborgs.” Cross researches gender in virtual space, focusing on the social dynamics that animate online harassment. Her work has appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Loading: The Journal of the Canadian Games Studies Association, and First Person Scholar. She has a weekly column in Feministing, and writes widely on gaming and gaming culture. She serves on the board of Feminist Frequency, a video web series that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives.
Amanda Filipacchi, “Wikipedia’s Gender Problem.” Described by the New York Times as a
“lovely comic surrealist,” Filipacchi is the author of the just-published novel The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty, along with the novels Nude Men, Vapor, and Love Creeps. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic, and has been included in Best American Humor and other anthologies.
Ellen Ullman, “Dispatches from the (Male) Culture of Software Programming.” A former software engineer, Ullman is the author of Close to the Machine, The Bug: A Novel, and the novel By Blood. Her essays have appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Wired, and The American Scholar. Her writings explore the effects of technology on civil society and on an individual’s internal life.
Mikki Kendall, “Social Justice, Social Media, and Stalking.” Kendall is a writer and “occasional feminist” whose writing can be found at XO Jane, Salon, NPR’s “Code Switch,” the Guardian, and other places willing to let her rant. She commits occasional acts of fiction largely focusing on black people in every situation under the sun and a few under undefined celestial bodies. She often can be found on Twitter as @karnythia.
Holly Jacobs, “Nonconsensual Pornography and the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative Combatting It.” Founder, president, and executive director of Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI), which advocates for technological, social, and legal innovations to fight online abuse, Jacobs holds a PhD in industrial/organizational psychology. CCRI has supported more than 2,000 online harassment victims worldwide, helped pass criminal “revenge porn” laws, and enlisted lawyers to help victims.
“Women, Technology and Internet Culture” will be the fourteenth Virginia Frese Palmer Conference held at the college. A question-and-answer session will follow the panel discussion. Presented by the Queens College Women and Gender Studies Program in honor of Women’s History Month, the conference is co-sponsored by the Divisions of Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences.
Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. The college is cited each year by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Learn more at www.qc.cuny.edu.