development

[EDITORIAL] How Internet Technology Will Affect Rights: 3 Things to Look For

Nadine Moawad on 6 Dec 2016
Economic, social, cultural rights in international law is a recognition of the basic rights of all people to a fundamentally decent and happy life - one in which their right to self-determination is respected. Does the progressively digitised future threaten or cement a world where ESC rights are guaranteed for all? In this editorial, Nadine Moawad states that the network is good and the network is here, but there are 3 things to look out for - especially in relation to economic, social, cultural rights.

At the cutting edge: TBTT campaigner Francoise Mukuku in DRC

Tarryn Booysen on 14 Nov 2016
When the TBTT campaign took off in Democratic Republic of Congo, there were few takers. Women rights' activists combatting VAW didn't understand the role ICTs could play in either propagating violence, or in activism. Now other Francophone countries approach SJS to learn more about the ways in which this cutting edge campaign is changing conversations around technology related VAW and reclaiming tech for women in the DRC.

Mobile Phone: A Public Tool (Civic Participation, Education and Health)

on 20 Oct 2016
This study led by Digital Empowerment Foundation analyses 14 projects that are active in India in the arena of civic participation, education and health, and examines its impact on women stakeholders. One of the objectives is to understand how mobile phones are benefiting women frontline workers (teachers, auxiliary nurses) and mothers; however, the study's main findings are that accessibility and availability of local content are two major challenges of using ICTs among women.

The 2015-16 Affordability Report

on 17 Mar 2016
The 2015-16 Affordability Report looks at the affordability environment across 51 countries, considers the effects of poverty and income inequality and takes a close look at gender inequality in access to the internet. A4AI considers that the connectivity lag will undermine global development across the board, contributing to lost opportunities for economic growth and denying hundreds of millions access to online education, health services, political voice, and much more.

Hacking exclusion: African feminists engagements and disruption of the internet

Jennifer Radloff on 9 Aug 2015
An important connection between women's rights activism and building movements of solidarity and resistance, is communication. The internet is a fundamental and potentially transformative public space which can enable and facilitate communication at speed, across borders and through time and space. It is a stage for violences that are familiar to feminists living and resisting in spaces outside of the internet. The internet is a space too for incredible creativity and connection and according to the Association for Progressive Communications Women's Rights Programme (APC WRP) “is an extension, reflection and continuum of our movements and resistance in other spaces.”

Through the 'information society' prism: Scoping gender equality for the post-2015 agenda

Anita Gurumurthy on 29 May 2015
The emergent information or network society context offers a range of opportunities for women and girls to enhance their participation across economic, socio-cultural and public-political realms of life, as well as the scope for enhancing their individual freedoms. The Post-2015 agenda therefore, both in terms of goals and related targets and indicators, has to promote and measure women's participation in the information society and their access to and effective use of the internet and ICTs.

Participants in Costa Rican Women's Hackathon develop software applications to solve social problems

Flavia Fascendini on 20 Oct 2014
On 30 and 31 August 2014, 39 women engineers and technologists created nine prototypes of software applications aimed at solving social problems in the north of Costa Rica, at the First Women's Hackathon, organised by APC member organisation Sulá Batsú through its TIC-AS project, with the support of UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality.

Implicating mobile phones in violence against women: What’s gender got to do with it?

Flavia Fascendini on 4 Dec 2012
This paper gives an analysis of women and men’s differential access and use of the mobile phone and how through it gender stereotypes are reinforced. During a four year study in Zambia, it emerged that although there were clear advantages that have come as a result of mobile phones some negative social impacts which reinforce gender stereotypes and power relations and subsequently result in violence against women have remained largely un-documented. The paper therefore makes the case that despite the clear advantage of the mobile phone; it is also providing a new focal point for social conflict and violence in relationships.

Latin America in the run-up to the IGF: global and regional synergy

Flavia Fascendini on 7 Oct 2010
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), NUPEF and the Registry of Internet Domain Names for Latin America and the Caribbean sponsored the Third Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held in Ecuador in early August 2010. How might this regional meeting and the IGF impact each other? What recommendations and concerns emerged from the regional process? To what extent were gender issues represented at the Latin American meeting? Valeria Betancourt, Latin America policy coordinator for APC and Dafne Plou, regional coordinator of APC's Women's Network Support Programme (APC WNSP) in Latin America, have some answers.

APC Brief on the Fifth Internet Governance Forum

Kateřina Fialová on 5 Oct 2010
The Internet Governance Forum is a platform for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on internet governance, that emerged from the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). In this document, APC presents in brief some of the most pressing issues to be debated in the IGF's fifth year of existence.
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