Much Ado About Gender: Current Practices and Future Recommendations for Appropriate Gender-Aware Information Access

  title={Much Ado About Gender: Current Practices and Future Recommendations for Appropriate Gender-Aware Information Access},
  author={Christine Pinney and Amifa Raj and A. Hanna and Michael D. Ekstrand},
  journal={Proceedings of the 2023 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval},
Information access research (and development) sometimes makes use of gender, whether to report on the demographics of participants in a user study, as inputs to personalized results or recommendations, or to make systems gender-fair, amongst other purposes. This work makes a variety of assumptions about gender, however, that are not necessarily aligned with current understandings of what gender is, how it should be encoded, and how a gender variable should be ethically used. In this work, we… 

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