North America

[COLUMN] Joining the dots: ICT sweatshops facing the heat

Sonia Randhawa on 10 Nov 2016
This month's column by Sonia Randhawa looks at intersections between ICTs, gender and climate change through the lens of the women working in the software, rather than the hardware side of things. While many of the big companies in North America have taken steps to ensure that the energy for data processing comes from renewable sources, the question remains what is the environmental impact and effect of climate change on BPOs and call centre industry in the global South.

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.

New mobile app for sexuality research pulled back over privacy concerns

Melissa Hope Ditmore on 23 Oct 2012
Melissa Ditmore reflects on release and subsequent pulling back of new application designed to collect data on sexual activity by Kinsey Institute in the USA. She outlines privacy concerns raised and how these holes can jeopardize users data. She also makes a make a case how this app once privacy gaps are fixed can assist to document unwanted and often under-reported sexual experiences, such as rape or sexual harassment.

Rape and the courts: Going online isn't really justice

Sonia Randhawa on 12 Aug 2012
Savannah Dietrich was raped. The rapists took photographs and circulated them at her school - but in a plea bargain, she was told that she was not allowed to tell people what had happened. She posted the names of her attackers on social media sites, risking a jail sentence and a fine. But is this justice?

USA: EROTICS responses to the Denver library - a fictional exchange on real foundations

Flavia Fascendini on 27 Jul 2011
Tapping the groundbreaking findings of the US EROTICS report that investigated the mandated internet filtering in publicly-funded libraries, Flavia Fascendini leads a fictional dialogue with the Denver Public Library FAQ on content regulation.

EROTICS: Exploratory research on sexuality and the internet - summary report

Jac sm Kee on 16 Feb 2011
What is the value of the internet in the exercise of sexual rights? From 2008 to 2010, the EROTICS research sought to answer this question, aiming to bridge the gap between policy and legislative measures that regulate content and practice on the internet, and the actual lived practices, experiences and concerns of internet users in the exercise of their sexual rights. The summary report provides an overview of the research, and surfaces the key areas of concern, interest and findings of five national studies in Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa and the United States. They give a compelling glimpse into the richness of the research universe, and the complexity of the subject.

Birthing Choices and Challenges—Understanding the new reproductive technologies

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza on 2 Jun 2010
Kim Surkan is a gender studies professor. She recently gave birth to her son who was conceived through in-vitro fertilization. GenderIT.org writer, Mavic Cabrera-Balleza speaks with Kim about some controversies surrounding the use of new reproductive technologies and genetic selection. They also discuss the role of the information and communication technologies in new reproductive practices manipulated by technologies and genetics.

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 />

Access Denied: The Impact of Internet Filtering Software on the Lesbian and Gay [version 2.0.]

Kateřina Fialová on 2 Jun 2010
A survey of how internet filtering software, and ratings systems affect the lesbian and gay community. "Access Denied" contains sections analysing the legal, political and social implications of enforced invisibility on the web. It also includes testimonials from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, who are those most directly affected by the lack of access to important information via the web or internet. The report offers recommendations for industry leaders on how to make the internet both friendly and fair.

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.

Internet Filter Effectiveness: Testing Over and Underinclusive Blocking Decisions of Four Popular Filters

GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
The paper assesses the effectiveness of popular filtering programs: CYBERsitter, CyberPatrol, NetNanny, and SurfWatch. The findings of the study suggest that current support for filtering software should be reconsidered. <br />

Making Women's Place Explicit: Pornography, Violence, and the Internet

Kateřina Fialová on 2 Jun 2010
The module examines the creation, consumption, and content of Internet pornography in order to understand the Internet's role in the perpetuation of violence against women.

Gender Harassment on the Internet

GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
The paper examines the nature and types of gender harassment occurring on the net, and whether online gender harassment rises to the level of an actionable claim.

Cyberstalking Laws

GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
The page consists of links to current and pending cyberstalking-related United States federal and state laws, as well as those states that do not have laws yet and related laws from other countries.

Changing Practice: How Domestic Violence Advocates Use Internet and Wireless Communication Technologies

GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
The research report describes how and why two Midwestern domestic violence organizations in the US use Internet and wireless communication technologies. Major findings of the study reveal a need for more awareness and technical assistance regarding safe and ethical Internet and wireless communication service delivery.
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