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new ! of upcoming ICSE SEIS paper where, with D. Rossi from @Unibo, we study at very large scale (50 years, 150 million projects) gender diversity in , with (and that is the really novel part) a worldwide geographic angle: hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-0

we confirm from previous work that gender diversity remains very low in FOSS (<10% of contributions by women overall), that it has been getting "better" steadily over the past 12 years

the overall trend applies worldwide, with minor differences in specific regions (e.g., asian regions seem to be characterized by slower diversity increase rates)

finally, we notice a significant *reduction* in women contributions to public code in 2020, correlated with the COVID pandemic. It is plausible that the pandemic has further reduced women ability to contribute to FOSS, hopefully only temporarily

PS yes, the ":" before "and" is horrible, but it's not our fault and it's *not* in the paper, it's just the default and not overridable separator that HAL uses between title and subtitle /o\

Firstly, sex ≠ gender e.g. woman ≠ transwoman. Failure to understand basic biology and sociology is a deliberate strategy to encourage subjugation.

There is also a problem with doi assignment:

https://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3510458.3513011

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@zacchiro Is there a comparison with proprietary code, to see if it is specific to free software or rather a general issue with software?

@bortzmeyer this is all from "public code" (i.e., software distributed from *public* code development platforms). Some of it will be proper FOSS, some will be "source available", some will not have a license. We did not break this comparison down by license.

Comparing with what happens with non-public proprietary code (e.g., hosted on non-public gitlab instances) would be super interesting and mentioned as future work in the paper. (But of course it's hard to obtain data for this…)

@bortzmeyer But if your question is more general, e.g., is the gender gap worse in FOSS than in the software industry, then the answer is unfortunately yes; it has been documented extensively in previous work (both the intro and the related work session of the paper provide pointers to them)

Firstly, sex ≠ gender, e.g. woman ≠ transwoman. Failure to understand basic biology and sociology is a deliberate strategy to encourage subjugation.

There is also an error with doi assignment:

https://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3510458.3513011

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10.1145/3510458.3513011

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