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Shirine Repucci
Graduate Student
Interdisciplinary Technology
Eastern Michigan University

Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Phone: (734) 665-7399
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  • Technology & Society
  • Social Informatics
  • Technology Transfer
  • RECENT PUBLICATIONS

    "Womens Role in the Development of the Internet and the Social Movement they Propelled" by Repucci, Shirine M., published by Eastern Michigan University (Apr 2004).

    Abstract
    The literature discussing the Internets early development often omits any mention of women as participlants. Seeking to rectify the omission, this study explores the technology transfer efforts of the National Science Foundations network project (NSFNet) through the lens of social movement theory. In this context, womens contributions to the Internets development and their role in making the Internet a socially inclusive technology are examined. Centered on interviews with eight participants of the NSFNet project, the study utilizes the qualitative research method known as "life histories". Results show: (a) women made significant contributions to the NSFNet project, (b) the NSFNet project was key to the Internets success, and (c) the Internets rise was a social movement. The extent to which women influenced the inclusive nature of this technology remains unclear. Further research on the role women held in the early Internet and an expansion of the social movement thesis are recommended.

    COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES
                          a Section of the American Sociological Association