Women in Information Technology

When considering computer ethics, the usual topics of concern are Internet crime, privacy, freedom of expression, intellectual property, etc. Gender and issues of underrepresentation have never been part of the ethical considerations.

For this summer research project, I would like to investigate the current status of how women and under-represented people are treated in IT industry, specifically in terms of their benefits, salary, professional development and promotion opportunities. I will also explore gender aspects in IT companies’ codes of ethics. The research question I would like to answer is: How does the status of women and underrepresented groups in IT industry influence STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) education, and how would a change in IT industry ethics help to promote diversity in STEM education. Research activities will include literature review, data collection, data analysis, visualization, and essay writing.

I invite students who are interested in women and ethical issues in IT as well as STEM education to participate in the research.

Willamette University

Liberal Arts Research Collaborative

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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