Mar Hicks (NHC Fellow, 2018–19)
Queer Users and the Digital State: A Prehistory of Algorithmic Bias
Illinois Institute of TechnologyReturn to All Fellows
Fellowship Work Summary, 2018–19
Mar Hicks drafted four chapters of Digital Resistance: Hidden Histories of the Electronic Age and published two peer-reviewed articles: “When Winning is Losing: Why the nation that invented the computer lost its lead,” in IEEE Computer, October 2018, and “Hacking the Cis-tem: Transgender Citizens and the Early Digital State,” in IEEE Annals of the History of Computing (January–March 2019). Hicks served as coeditor of a special issue of Information and Culture on women in information technology (forthcoming, fall 2019), as well as coeditor along with Thomas Mullaney, Kavita Philip, and Ben Peters of the edited volume Your Computer Is On Fire, a volume of essays in critical computing studies (forthcoming, MIT Press, 2020). Hicks also wrote two book chapters for edited volumes: “Sexism is a Feature, Not a Bug,” for Your Computer Is On Fire and “Transgender Subjects and Digital Labor in Early Mainframe Computing” for Histories of Digital Labor edited by Andrew Pilsch and Shawna Ross (Routledge 2020).