Indepth features analytical articles that are meant to inform readers about perspectives, issues and debates around certain topics relevant to gender, technology and ICT policy. This is the place for articles that provide an informed, well-reasoned feminist perspective, with a strong focus on the global South.

MelissaHopeDitmore's picture

Melissa Hope Ditmore, PhD, is a consultant specializing in issues of gender, development, health

In depth

What Is 'Harmful to Minors'? US EroTICs Partner Investigates Library Search Filters

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:21 | 5,474 views
In this article, Kevicha Echols and Melissa Ditmore from Sex Work Awareness (SWA), researchers for the APC's EroTICs project, investigate the use of filters on public library computers with internet access. People in the United States (US) enjoy a great deal of access to information in print and online media due to the first amendment of the US constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech,...

In depth

Negotiating transgender identities on a South African web site

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:21 | 5,739 views
Jeanne Prinsloo, the APC's EroTICs project partner in South Africa, looks at the use of the internet by South African transgender people, and examines the internet's role in the process of transitioning from one gender identity to another. She concludes that the internet provides a critical space for trans people to access support, to rehearse their new identity, to hear marginalised narratives...
kaca's picture

Katerina lives in Czech Republic and enjoys spending as much time possible in India.

In depth

Rights . Violence . Technology - HELP US TO JOIN THE DOTS

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:21 | 4,226 views
Policies, laws and development plans on emerging ICTs rarely take into account the reality of violence against women in its creation and implementation. Similarly, policies and laws on violence against women rarely take into account the dimensions of emerging ICTs. How have developments in information and communications technologies strengthened the efforts to end violence against women? How has...
KathleenDiga's picture

Kathleen has worked for over 10 years in the information and communication technology for develop

In depth

Reaction to the Gender Findings from Africa’s Access to Knowledge Research

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:21 | 4,327 views writer and a Research Officer at Canada`s International Development Research Centre, Kathleen Diga tracks the journey of the African Copyright & Access to Knowledge (ACA2K)research network to better understand the nature of African national copyright environments and their impact on equal opportunities for all citizens to access information,...

In depth

Violence against Women and Information Communication Technologies: Congo Country Report

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:21 | 4,630 views
In Congo, Sylvie Niombo explores the intersection of VAW and ICTs, where mobile phone use appears to be the primary vehicle used to perpetrate VAW using ICTs. SMS and phone calls are used by some men to harass women and girls. Male monitoring of women’s use of mobile phones leads to blurring of privacy issues and power relations between men and women are reflected by who has the resources to buy...

In depth

Violence against Women and Information Communication Technologies: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Country Report

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:21 | 4,965 views
In the context of a country with one of the world's worst human rights records, women and girls are the victims of sexual violence perpetrated mostly by combatants from both sides. However, Sylvie Niombo finds in this paper that the intersections between violence against women and girls and ICTs in the DRC are not well established. The internet makes it possible to share experiences and receive...

"Sonia Randhawa is a member of's pool of writer.

In depth

Violence against women and ICTs in the Pacific Islands region: An overview

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:20 | 4,848 views
Sonia Randhawa interviews FemLINK Pacific coordinator Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls to get an overview of violence against women in the Pacific Islands region and to look at how ICTs are contributing to increasing the vulnerability of women and providing new forms of harassment and harm, while at the same time grassroots initiatives such as a mobile community radio station are helping to provide women...

In depth

Violence against Women and Information Communication Technologies: Philippines Country Report: The nexus of violence against women (VAW) and information, communication and technology (ICT)

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:20 | 3,729 views
Jessica Umanos Sotos explores why specific law is needed in the Philippines to prosecute perpetrators of violence against women through the use of ICTs or cyberspace. She argues that national ICT institutions and private companies’ policies cannot remain blind to the violations to women’s rights perpetuated via ICTs in the context of the violation of privacy rights through the illicit production...

In depth

TIC : Femmes, logiciels libres, copyrights, …les oubliés du législateur et du décideur mauritaniens

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:20 | 5,286 views
Les logiciels libres sont une vraie solution aux problèmes de fracture numérique qu’engendre le sous -développement. En effet, il est désormais indéniable qu’ils ont, avec l’implication des femmes et leur prise en compte comme actrices incontournables, une part importante à jouer dans la création d’un environnement favorable à un développement équitable et durable.

In depth

Les droits d’auteur et les brevets limitent–ils l’accès aux connaissances et au traitement du VIH/SIDA en Afrique?

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:20 | 5,676 views
Le dernier rapport de 2008 de l’ONUSIDA confirme que l’Afrique subsaharienne reste la région du monde la plus sérieusement affectée par le VIH, et représente les deux tiers (671%) du total des personnes vivant avec le VIH et les trois quarts (75%) des décès dus au SIDA en 2007. Environ 1,9 million de personnes ont été nouvellement infectées par le VIH en Afrique subsaharienne.