Mar Hicks is a historian of technology, gender, and labor, specializing in the history of computing. Hicks’s book, Programmed Inequality, investigates how Britain lost its early lead in computing by discarding the majority of their computer workers and experts—simply because they were women. Their current project looks at transgender citizens’ interactions with the computerized systems of the British welfare state in the twentieth century and how these computerized systems determined whose bodies and identities were allowed to exist. Hicks’s work studies how collective understandings of progress are defined by competing discourses of social value and economic productivity and how technologies often hide regressive ideals while espousing “revolutionary” or “disruptive” goals.
Hicks served as an External Evaluator for the 2023–2025 Just Tech Fellowship.