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FemTechNet is a feminist network of scholars, artists, and activists known for its feminist, decentralized pedagogy experiments.[1] FemTechNet became the focus of various media outlets when it broadcast its efforts to "storm" Wikipedia under its "wikistorming" initiative.[2][3][4] Beyond its 2013 Wikipedia project, FemTechNet has been described as "a new approach to collaborative learning",[5] and a "feminist anti-MOOC." [6]


The network began in Southern California in 2012 with Anne Balsamo and Alexandra Juhasz as co-founders and co-facilitators.[7] FemTechNet describes itself as “an activated network of scholars, artists and students who work on, with, and at the borders of technology, science and feminism in a variety of fields including STS, Media and Visual Studies, Art, Women's, Queer and Ethnic Studies.”[8] In a peer-reviewed concept paper, the founders more concretely described the project as one of interdisciplinary community building.[9]

Distributed open collaborative courses (DOCC), FemTechNets primary initiative, uses networked technologies in many innovative ways, including developing “nodal” classes around shared themes that are augmented by video discussions available on FemTechNet's website by participating university instructors. The first DOCC, "Dialogues in Feminism and Technology,"[10] was initiated in 2013 as for-credit courses at the following institutions:

Non-traditional students take the course via the FTN website's free, self-directed learner component.[7] In 2014 - 2015 the second Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC) series was offered at the following nodes.[11]

In 2013 FemTechNet launched "Storming Wikipedia", which aimed to encourage students to engage in Wikipedia editing. Portrayed as a response to Wikipedia's gender imbalance,[12] the assignment is also used to highlight "the significant contributions of feminists to technology".[13] "Wikistorming" got the attention of mainstream media networks, including a story by Fox News and, which framed the effort as biased not critically corrective.[14]

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  1. ^ Kamenetz, Anya. "Interview". MIT Open Media Lab Blog. MIT. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  2. ^ NA (6 September 2013). "Wikistorming: Colleges offer credit to inject feminism into Wikipedia". Fox. Fox News. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  3. ^ Liss-Shultz, Nina (23 August 2013). "Can These Students Fix Wikipedia's Lady Problem". Mother Jones. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  4. ^ Baker, Katie J. M. "The Lady Geeks Are Coming For Wikipedia". Jezebel.
  5. ^ "Feminist digital initiative challenges universities' race for MOOCs". OCAD University. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  6. ^ Jaschik, Scott (August 19, 2013). "Feminist Anti-MOOC". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Enlow, Callie (September 18, 2013). "FemTechNet Hopes to Revolutionize SA's Higher Education Possibilities". San Antonio Current. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  8. ^ "About FemTechNet". FemTechNet Commons. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  9. ^ Juhasz, Alexandra; Balsamo, Anne; Juhasz, Alexandra; Balsamo, Anne (2012-11-01). "An Idea Whose Time is Here: FemTechNet – A Distributed Online Collaborative Course (DOCC)". Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology (1). doi:10.7264/N3MW2F2J. ISSN 2325-0496.
  10. ^ Naili, Hajer (August 15, 2013). "Feminists Launch Model for Online Learning". Women's eNews.
  11. ^ 2013–2014 DOCC Nodes. Retrieved on 2016-05-29.
  12. ^ Liss-Schultz, Nina (August 23, 2013). "Can These Students Fix Wikipedia's Lady Problem?". Mother Jones. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  13. ^ Naili, Hajer (August 15, 2013). "Feminists Launch Model for Online Learning". Women's ENews. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  14. ^ "Wikistorming: Colleges Offer Credit to Inject Feminism into Wikipedia." Fox News. 6 September 2013.

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