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Lecture to Focus on Technology, Democracy and the Futures of Women

Story posted January 15, 1999

Jan. 19, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Dr. Anita Borg, president of the Institute for Women and Technology, will present a lecture exploring the role that technology will, can and should play in the futures of women, and the roles that women must play in the determining the future of technology. According to Dr. Borg, unimaginable new technologies will impact, and to some degree shape, the futures of all people. In a future where technology may play as important a role in our lives as government, democracy in the political realm may not be sufficient.

The lecture is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday Jan. 26 in Kresge Auditorium in the Visual Arts Center. It is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Women's Studies Program, Computer Science Department, Computing and Information Services, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, Education Technology Task Force and Lectures and Concerts Committee.

This lecture is the first in a series of events organized by the Women's Studies Program on the theme of gender and the workplace.

Borg is a member of the research staff at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center and the founding director of the Institute for Women and Technology. Throughout her career, Borg has worked to encourage women to pursue careers in computing. In 1987, she started systers, an electronic community for technical women in computing. Today, systers has 2,500 members in 25 countries and provides an international community of advice and support.

In 1994, Borg co-founded the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. This is a prestigious technical conference featuring talks by women who are changing the face of our world. The 1994 and 1997 conferences sold out. The 2000 conference will be sponsored by the Institute for Women in Technology.

Borg received her doctorate from the Courant Institute at New York University in 1981 for research in the area of operating systems synchronization efficiency. She spent four years building a fault tolerant UNIX-based operating system for Auragen Systems Corp, a small startup in New Jersey. Later, at Nixdorf Computer in Germany, she oversaw the completion of that system. In 1986, she joined Digital Equipment Corporation's Western Research Laboratory, where she developed new tools for predicting the performance future microprocessor memory systems. Many of today's performance analysis tools are based on that work.

In late 1992, Dr. Borg moved to the Network Systems Laboratory at Digital developed a new system for supporting efficient interorganizational communication. The existing system, Mecca, is fully web accessible and provides security, privacy filtering and most importantly, the ability to get the right information to the right people based on their position, location or interests.

Borg is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA). She has served on the National Research Council's Committee on Women in Science and Engineering and is currently a member of the Committees on Women of both the CRA and the ACM.

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