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Mommy knows best, or perhaps the church, or maybe the school? A conversation on online content regulation

Who decides on what we should see and not see online? Should parents decide on behalf of their children? Or should it be the church? Or the school? Are women and children better left alone? Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, Senior Programme Associate of the International Women’s Tribune Centre and a member of the GenderIt blogiging team at the first Internet Governance Forum i(IGF) that took place in Athens, Greece from October 30- November 2, 2006 spoke with two other IGF participants—Caroline Wamala from Uganda and Itir Akdogan from Turkey on gender iissues in internet governancei and online content regulationi. Following are excerpts from their conversation.

Tools discussed: Gender and ICTs in education and communication

Denise Gomide
Denise Gomide on 29 September, 2006
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More than 40 educators debated the importance of ICTis in edu-communication processes at a recent workshop held in Sao Paulo.The benefits of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) tools and platforms were analysed, including their democratising potential and gendered environment. The workshop was conducted through a Gender Evaluation Methodologyi (GEM) tool that, like its namesake, evaluates ICT projects from a gender iperspective.

Wireless networks: Neither the territory of men nor women

Cris Ojeda
Cris Ojeda on 29 September, 2006
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Cris Ojeda, a network technician and Nodo Tau collaborator in Argentina, recounts her experience at a wireless roaming nework training project carried out in Paraguay, during which she was the sole female participant.

Robots, Software and Pedagogy: How Gender Matters in Education

Jac sm Kee
Jac sm Kee on 26 September, 2006
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Prof. Dr. Heidi Schelhowe is a professor for “Digital Media in Education” at the Computer Science Department of the University of Bremen. Interaction and interactivity are main concepts in her research and teaching, plus the constant efforts to create interesting and provocative gender iaware knowledge environments. Jac sm Kee speaks with this seminal thinker, educator and technologist about gendered dimensions of software, robots and transformative pedagogy in the field of information and communications technologies.

Gender issues at all levels – from policy formulation to implementation

Graciela Selaimen
Graciela Selaimen on 18 March, 2006
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Sonia Jorge is an expert in telecommunicationsi regulationi, economics and public policyi and have been working as a consultant in the fields of communications policy and regulation, gender and development with experience in different countries and regions. Specialized in gender analysisi and ICTi policies, Sonia shares in this interview to GenderIT her vision on the critical needs for gender and ICT advocates to have more impact in their advocacyi work. Sonia points out some issues on which gender and ICT activists should focus their strategies and stresses the importance of the participation of gender experts in the implementation of policies, not only in their formulation.

Women developing FLOSS - freedom for knowlege free from prejudice

Graciela Selaimen
Graciela Selaimen on 10 February, 2006
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Sulamita Garcia is a 28-year-old consultant who specialises in Unix systems and is completely enthusiastic about free and open source softwarei. She is responsible for the LinuxChix Brasil project. In this interview for GenderIT, Sulamita tells about the recent experience of LinuxChix Brasil, which is delivering online courses on FLOSS for women. She speaks about prejudice, stereotypes and the need for women to overcome initial difficulties when facing new technologies.

Why do we still discuss women and ICT - after more than 20 years of effort to change the situation?

Ausra Gustainiene
Ausra Gustainiene on 5 April, 2005
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The European Symposium on Gender i& ICTi started as an 'ad hoc' invitation in 2003, with organisers expecting 10-20 participants. Instead, more than 100 abstracts were received and participants came from "all over the world". The scenario repeated itself this year, with people from Scanidinavia, Australia, Korea, USA as well as Europe. A great opportunity to meet researchers as well as women working in the ICT business. However, the overall picture from the symposium was rather pessimistic.

African Copyright & Access to Knowledge Project

The African Copyrighti & Access to Knowledgei (ACA2K) Project examines the relationship between national copyright environments and access to knowledge in African countries. The project is probing this relationship within an access to knowledge (A2K) framework - a framework which regards the protection/promotion of user access as one of the central objectives of copyright law. The project works in eight countries, Eygpt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda.

ICTs and Gender - Working Party on the Information Economy

Desirée van Welsum and Pierre Montagnier
Desirée van Welsum and Pierre Montagnier on 10 July, 2007
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This document provides an overview of the gender distribution of ICTi and ICT-related employment in OECD countries, and ICT employment patterns are contrasted with overall employment to highlight how different ICT employment patterns are. The document then focuses on participation in ICT-related education and training, and differences in ICT access and use by gender.

Cinderella or Cyberella? Empowering Women in the Knowledge Society

Edited by Sophia Huyer and Nancy Hafkin, this book collects essays by Sonia N. Jorge, Shafika Isaacs, Shoba Arun, Richard Heeks, Sharon Morgan, Maria Garrido, Raul Roman, and Vikas Nath on the current landscape of gender and ICTi. According to Claudia Morell, the book "provides an excellent overview of the critical issues addressing the global participation of girls and women in today's information society. It serves as both a resource for comprehensive understanding and a strategic guide for taking the necessary steps to ensure women fully participate in and benefit from information and communication technologies." Covering women's engagement with ICTs from different angles -- from policyi to education to economic empowermenti -- the book demonstrates the potential of ICTs for women's empowermenti through case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
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