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Gender and community networks: Building a movement around community networks and gender equality

Posted Thu 2 Aug 2018 - 11:57 | 395 views

In this third column on gender and community networks, GenderIT interviews Carlos Rey Moreno on what movement building around community networks is all about. How do we get policy makers, organisers, community based organisations and others invested and interested in community networks? And in this constellation of actors and organisations, how do we start talking about gender equality and...

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[SPECIAL EDITION] Editatonas: “I edit, therefore I am”

Posted Tue 5 Sep 2017 - 09:34 | 2,725 views
Editatonas - are Wikipedia edit-a-thons that are exclusively for women. The reason for these events is to deal with the stark difference and lack of representation for women on Wikipedia as compared to men. This is also reflected in that only 10% of Wikipedian editors are women. Carmen Alcazar explores what editatonas do to change that.

Publication

IGF Best practice forum on Gender and Access (2016): Overcoming barriers to enable women's meaningful internet access

Posted Tue 13 Jun 2017 - 10:59 | 2,773 views
The BPF is collaborating with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the UN University on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) in its important endeavour to research and map projects and initiatives that aim to address different gender digital divides around the world. The objective of this collaborative data-gathering process is to help stakeholders better understand women and girls’...

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[COLUMN] Access and Beyond (2): Motivations for internet use

Posted Thu 11 May 2017 - 09:32 | 2,845 views
In this column, Chenai Chair explores motivations of internet use through the ResearchICT Africa study in Rwanda, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. Business, local and global communication, social ties, and curiosity seem to be the main motivators. By understanding why people go online, we can better shape interventions for a connected society.

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Working out access on our own: Community projects, gender and internet

Posted Tue 2 May 2017 - 01:00 | 1,799 views
As our cities turn smart and countries turn digital the gender gap in terms of internet access is disturbing. The lack of access directly relates to the loss of rights of women and minorities. Sadly there is a long way to go before we close this gap. Chinmayi S K explores projects that attempted in innovative ways to address the digital gender gap online.

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A Woman Coder's Journey (Women-in-tech)

Posted Thu 23 Feb 2017 - 07:25 | 2,458 views
Judith Owigar speaks about her journey entering into tech spaces, and also about their work with Akirachix in Kenya helping other women along the same journey marked by trials, exclusions and success. While speaking about the barriers of education in science and technology (STEM), she says that what inspires her work in many forums around women in tech in Africa, is that eventually a woman should...

In depth

Feminist autonomous infrastructure in the internet battlefield: From Zombies to Ninjas

Posted Wed 22 Feb 2017 - 14:49 | 5,343 views
The Distributed Denial of Women strike borrows the metaphor of the DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack as a radical and subversive tool by activists, but currently DDOS attacks powered by zombie-bots are part of the anarcho-capitalist economies of the internet. Ganesh in their article unpacks the many levels at which gendered labour is extracted, and while positing feminist autonomous...

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Reshaping the Internet for Women

Posted Tue 27 Dec 2016 - 17:14 | 5,160 views
Even in 2015 the contribution by women to Wikipedia, one of the largest repositories online of organised knowledge about the world, had not reached 25% of the total. Most of the content online comes from the global North, specifically from white male contributors in North America. What needs to be done to ensure diversity, localisation and gender parity in content online? APCNews speaks to...

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I pronounce you not a child

Posted Fri 14 Mar 2014 - 11:25 | 2,189 views
My daughter is 8 years old. She likes to make pretend fairy houses with tiny little signs that have small fairy tales written on them. Every other week her dream to be ‘someone’ changes – sometimes she wants to be a chef, other times a paleontologist when she grows up. ‘When she grows up’ is a phrase that holds the promise of tomorrow for her.

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Copyright and the digital divide

Posted Thu 5 Jul 2012 - 12:17 | 3,875 views
It's day two of the 'Informal' Asia Europe Foundation meeting on human rights and ICTs, and we're split up into workshops to discuss recommendations that will go to the Foundation's ministerial meeting in November: I'm in the workshop on digital divide. While a lot of interesting ideas came up during the course of the day, the one which causes me most concern is the problem of knowledge that is...