[SIGCIS-Members] “Please Read the Article”? Please Cite Women Academics.

Meryl Alper m.alper at neu.edu
Wed Feb 24 09:27:28 PST 2016

Hi all,

Over the weekend, journalist Fred Kaplan published an article in the New
York Times, entitled "'WarGames' and Cybersecurity's Debt to a Hollywood
Hack" (

The core argument -- that WarGames culturally influenced the Reagan
administration's cyberpolicy -- sounded a great deal like communication
scholar Stephanie Ricker Schulte's work.  When I brought this reference to
Kaplan's attention on Twitter, he was super dismissive and minced my
words.  So, naturally, I wrote a blog post about the incident, situating it
within a broader trend of tech journalists (mostly men) minimizing the work
of academics (mostly women), and capitalizing on this sin of omission in
promoting their own books and other works:

I'm really interested to know the thoughts of this community, both as one
that knows the history of cyber law/policy inside and out, but one with
many members committed to egalitarian principles.


*Meryl Alper*
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Studies
Northeastern University
Holmes 217
m.alper at neu.edu
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