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Gender Assessments and Research

A Techno-Feminist Perspective on the Free/Libre Open Source

By Lin, Yuwei Europe

This paper tries to analyse the FLOSS development from a <br /> "techno-feminist" perspective (Wajcman 2004). Staying away from a reductionism that simplifies the gender issue in the FLOSS community to the level of a fight between men and women, the issues I attempt to address include not only the inequality that women face in computing, but also other inequalities that other users face mainly emerging from <br /> the power relationships between expert and lay (namely, developer and user) in software design. Instead of splitting women and men in the FLOSS development, this analysis helps motivate both men and women to work together, reduce the gender gap, and improve the disadvantaged <br /> statuses of women and a wider users community in the FLOSS development.

Information society: promoting financial mechanisms with a gender equity perspective

By Mayela Freyre Valladolid Latin America

This document is intended to describe the funding strategies of the Information Society (IS) that are currently under discussion at the preliminary meetings of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) – Second Phase, which will be held in November 2005 and, from a gender perspective, to tie them into the commitments undertaken through the Goals of the Millennium, the Beijing Action Platform and Funding for Development, among others.

Inclusion, diversity and gender equality: Gender Dimensions of the Free/Libre Open Source Software Development

By Yuwei Lin

This essay describes and analyses challenges (societal<br /> and organisational) and advantages (e.g. new models for<br /> mobile and collaborative work online), particularly<br /> regarding gender issues, encountered in the recent FLOSS<br /> development. The paper concludes with suggestions on<br /> how to create rules and resources and the creation of a<br /> common FLOSS space for both genders.<br />

The International Sex Trade and the Internet: Partners in Crime

By Stacey Dershewitz with Brina Milikowsky Southeast Asia

The module explores the symbiotic relationship between the Internet and the international sex industry, the laws and regulations relating to it, and the ways how groups and communities have been using technology to combat trafficking and explore options for and objections to regulating the Web's content.


Gender & FLOSS, Asia Source Tech Camp

By Jac, Niklas, Maheen, Cheekay & Qaisar Asia-Pacific

This statement on Gender and Free/Libre & Open Source Software (F/LOSS) was written by participants of a session on Gender & F/LOSS at the Asia Source Tech Camp, held in Bangalore on 28th January - 4th February, 2005. The Statement looks at gender in the context of the camp, with an aim to inform planning of similar F/LOSS workshops in the future.

Case Studies

Communication in Movement

By ALAI - Agéncia Latinoamericana de Información Latin America

“Communication in Movement”, a new publication of ALAI (Agencia Latinoamericana de Información), examines the complex relations between social movements and communication.<br /> <br />

Gender and ICTs for development: A global source book

Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America

Five case studies illustrate the different contexts facing gender and ICTs for development, including e-commerce in Bhutan, entrepreneurship by women workers in China, post-war communication using radio and ICTs in Sierra Leone, sustainable fisheries production in Ghana, and information exchange related to HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean.

EU survey on free and open source software

By Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology Europe

In 2002, MERIT/Infonomics at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands, carried out the FLOSS developer survey supported by the European Union. This was the first survey that provided deep insights in the international FLOSS community, its divisions, its diversity of beliefs, and its functioning.

Women's Electronic Network Training (WENT)


The Women's Electroninic Networking Training (WENT) promotes the use of information and communication technology to enhance women's role and capacity in social and policy advocacy.


Report from the ICT Training for Bulgarian Women

By Christina Haralanova , Maria Velichkova Bulgaria

The report is based on the experience from the ICT Training for Bulgarian Women from NGOs