Out to Innovate: Software Biases and Your Projects

Jon Pincus
Mar 16 · 7 min read
Out to Innovate: Science Technology Engineering Mathematics with Pride
Out to Innovate: Science Technology Engineering Mathematics with Pride

Intersectional Internet Studies

Kimberlé Crenshaw on The Urgency of Intersectionality
Technologies reflect the biases of the makers and implicit rules of society - Malkia Cyril at PDF
Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, by Safiya Umoja Noble
Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, by Safiya Umoja Noble

Trans-inclusive design

A form asking for gender with only two options: Male and Female
A form asking for gender with only two options: Male and Female
How not to do it

Accessibility

85% of home pages have low contrast text. 68% have Missing alternative text for images. 58% have empty link.
85% of home pages have low contrast text. 68% have Missing alternative text for images. 58% have empty link.
Over 90% of the top 1,000,000 home pages have significant automatically-detectable accessibility problems.

Design Justice

A map of the US with orange circles overlaid
A map of the US with orange circles overlaid

And a few links for the software engineers

Diverse, Inclusive People and Communities create software that embeds diversity and in turn empowers the diverse people and communities who created it
Diverse, Inclusive People and Communities create software that embeds diversity and in turn empowers the diverse people and communities who created it

A Change Is Coming

Software, culture, social computing, diversity, and more

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A Change Is Coming

Software, culture, social computing, diversity, and more