Europe

[SPECIAL EDITION] Observing our Observers in the Age of Social Media

Kerieva McCormick on 4 Sep 2017
Kerieva Mccormick looks at how young Roma women and girls deal with, understand, and talk about violence and harassment faced by Roma people, online and offline. This article examines the double consciousness experienced by those who live with the reality of exclusion and discrimination even now in contemporary societies, and the ways in which younger generations navigate hostility and celebrate themselves and their resilience.

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

Nadège on 22 Feb 2017
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 infrastructures as an alternative, points to the flaws and the contradictions in the movement and civil society as well.

We can't do it alone: Connections at AWID 2016

Namita on 6 Oct 2016
In such massive gatherings often the plenary session rings a bit empty or hollow, like background noise to other more real conversations taking place. AWID was different in that its massive burst of energy and radical politics was most often from the plenary sessions. This article explores the sessions at AWID held by Dalit women, Romani women, Rojava/Kobane women, and others.

Internet improves access to health care for sex workers in the Olympics area of London

Kateřina Fialová on 21 Jun 2012
The challenge of doing sexual health outreach work in East London has been transformed by police action in the run up to the Olympics. APC member GreenNet answered Open Doors Sexual Health Clinic’s request for a new website that could speak clearly to east London sexworkers with advice and resources.

Gender divide/gap in Pan-European Dialogue on Internet Governance

hvale on 29 Jul 2010
Valentina Pellizzer, OneWorld Platform for SouthEast Europe (owpsee) executive directress, participated in this year's EuroDIG – Pan-European Dialogue on Internet Governance, and has several objections to the very visible gender gap in terms of women's participation at the event, and in the IT sector in general. Her commentary was originally written for the Diplo Internet Governance Community Blog. We carry the full text of her commentary.

Trafficking in human beings: Internet recruitment

Kateřina Fialová on 20 Jul 2010
This study is one of the outputs of the project on the Misuse of the Internet for the recruitment of victims of trafficking in human beings launched by the Council of Europe, and funded by the Government of Monaco. The study documents the various ways in which victims are recruited via the internet, and anticipate possible future techniques. It also highlights some of the best practices used to combat this misuse of the internet, and makes recommendations on legal, judicial, administrative and technical means of combating use of the internet for trafficking in human beings. The study is based on data collected from 22 member states of the Council of Europe.

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

Ausra Gustainiene on 2 Jun 2010
The European Symposium on Gender & ICT 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 Scandinavia, 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.

ICTs and Gender - Working Party on the Information Economy

Kateřina Fialová on 2 Jun 2010
This document provides an overview of the gender distribution of ICT 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.<br />

Bosnia and Herzegovina ICT Policy

Jac sm Kee on 2 Jun 2010
This blog is an initiative by <a href="http://www.oneworldsee.org">Oneworld - Platform for Southeast Europe</a>, which publishes news and resources related to national ICT policies in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Berlin Declaration: Women Claiming the Information Society

Kateřina Fialová on 2 Jun 2010
The declaration drafted by the participants in the European/North American Regional Conference on Gender and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), assembled in Berlin on 11 September 2005.

Free/Libre and open source software: survey and study FLOSS

GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
This document forms the final report for the FLOSS project. <br /> <p><br /> The Project objectives were remedy the lack of information on Free/Libre/Open Source Software starting at the very beginning: by conducting surveys to generate a unique base of primary data on Free/Open Source Software usage and development; identifying indicators to measure value creation and dissemination in the OS/FS arena; identifying business models based on these indicators; identifying the impact of and recommending changes in government policy and regulatory environments with regards to OS/FS; finally, the development of a base for extending these to the broader economic measurement of non-monetary and trans-monetary activity in the information society, beyond the domain of OS/FS. <br />

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

Kateřina Fialová on 2 Jun 2010
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.

Rocket science or social science? Involving women in the creation of computing

GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
With the rapid development of new kinds of networks – both the Internet itself and the new groupings enabled by the Internet, the Oxford Internet Institute identified a need to address the impact of these trends on women in the computing professions. The document presents results of one-day forum which brought senior women in the computing industry and those whose role is to research gender and computing issues, together to explore the state of the industry in the early 21st century.

EU survey on free and open source software

GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
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.

The consequences of the sex industry in the European Union (draft report)

GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
This European Parliament draft report to the vast expansion of the sex industry world wide; it highlights the sex industry's use of all types of information communication systems and emphasises link between the sex industry pornography and trafficking in women, prostitution and other violations women's human rights. The report calls for specific measures, such adoption of national ethical codes advertisement and the adoption European directive on gender equality the field of the media, advertising education. Unfortunately, the opposition this report was so strong that the European Parliament plenary did not adopt it.
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