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Exploring Transformative Fandom to Broaden Participation in Computing

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Broadening participation in computing is essential for involving a diversity of perspectives in creating new technologies. Despite attempts to involve diverse groups in computer science, underrepresented groups such as women; racial, gender, and sexual minorities; and people with disabilities are still under-involved in formal computing spaces such as education and industry. In contrast to examining how to bring underrepresented groups into these spaces, I propose examining examples of computational work already happening within marginalized communities, where participants who may be outsiders to computing culture still engage with computation to empower their own communities.


Dym, Brianna (2020): Exploring Transformative Fandom to Broaden Participation in Computing. Companion Proceedings of the 2020 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work. DOI: 10.1145/3323994.3371014. Association for Computing Machinery. pp. 7–10. Sanibel Island, Florida, USA