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points | 10.19.16

Who does the hard work of bridging context and technical skills?

Zara Rahman

D&S fellow Zara Rahman introduces her upcoming research at Data & Society, where she will examine the work of translators in technology projects.

Whatever it’s called, it’s also under-appreciated. In our tech-focused world, we often hold those with so-called “hard” programming skills up on a pedestal, and we relegate those with “soft” communication skills to being invisible caretakers. It’s not an accident that this binary correlates strongly with traditionally male-dominated roles of programming and largely female-dominated roles of community management or emotional labour. It’s worth noting too, that one is paid much more than the other.

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