"How can information technology (IT) paradigms and design processes be studied from a gender perspective? What does IT design look like when its construction is informed by gender research? Though gender research and computing science seem like two separate worlds, this book proves how inspirational a confrontation and combination of those worlds can be. A deconstructive analysis of advanced fields of computing shows the multiple ways in which software design is gendered and how gendering effects are produced by its use. Concepts and assumptions underlying research and development, along with design tools and IT products, teaching methods and materials are studied. The book not only offers a gender analysis of information society technologies, it also shows practical examples of how IT can be different. A gender perspective an IT design can serve as an eye-opener for what tends to be overlooked and left out. lt yields innovative ideas and high quality software systems that may empower a large diversity of users for an active participation in our information society." (author's abstract). Contents: Susanne Maass, Els Rommes, Carola Schirmer, Isabel Zorn: Gender Research and IT Construction: Concepts for a Challenging Partnership (9-32); Heike Jensen: The United Nations World Summit an the Information Society: Empowering Women as Shapers of the Information Society? (33-52); Jutta Weber, Corinna Bath: Sociar Robots & 'Emotional' Software Agents: Gendering Processes and De-Gendering Strategies for 'Technologiesin the Making' (53-64); Cecile K. M. Crutzen: Ambient Intelligence, between Heaven and Hell. A Transformative Critical Room? (65-78); Christina Björkman, Pirjo Elovaara, Lena Trojer: Feminist Technoscience Rearranging in the Black Box of Information Technology (79-96); Susanne Maass, Els Rommes: Uncovering the Invisible: Gender-Sensitive Analysis of Call Center Work and Software (97-108); Tanja Carstensen, Gabriele Winker: E-Empowerment of Heterogeneous Feminist Networks (109-120); Tanja Paulitz: Implicit/Explicit Alliances between Gender and Technology in the Construction of Virtual Networks (121-134); Ruth Meßmer, Sigrid Schmitz: Bridging Disciplines: Gender Studies and Computer Science in an E-Learning Course (135-148); Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger: Computer Garnes: Playing Gender, Reflecting an Gender (149-160); Bettina Munk: LogoGo - An Approach to the Design of Girl-Specific Educational Software (161-174); Susann Hartmann, Heike Wiesner, Andreas Wiesner-Steiner: Robotics and Gender: The Use of Robotics for the Empowerment of Girls in the Classroom (175-188).