Does Transparency Mean Visibility? On Gender and Networks in Open Source Software


Thursday, April 26, 2018, 11:40am to 1:00pm


Cason Seminar Room
Alexandra Kalev, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University
Open source software organizations often hold a strong cultural commitment to merit, where code contributions are the only way to gain status, instead of the favoritism and cliques that characterize the corporate world. This meritocracy is also reflected in highly transparent organizational structures and clear rules. While research has explored women's disadvantage in participating in open source and contributing code, we know nothing on the gender gap in rewards once women pass through those glass doors. In this seminar, Alexandra Kalev uses quantitative and qualitative data to explore whether and how gender continues to be a salient category in evaluating merit in open source. This question is important given the major role of open source in the mainstream IT economy and the benefits that open source status confers to high tech workers in their corporate jobs.