Nic Bidwell currently researches the social and gender impacts of Community Networks in the APC's Local Networks Project. She is an adjunct Professor at the International University of Management, Namibia and a research associate with Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre. Nic's research, in the field of Human-Computer Interaction and socio-technical aspects of ICT, focuses on the perspectives of marginalised people, and for the past ten years has been based in Africa. She has well over 100 peer-reviewed publications, in books, journals and prestige conferences and a co-edited book, and is recognised for founding platforms that promote the international visibility of indigenous and African researchers.
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In this fourth column on gender and community networks, Nic Bidwell looks closely at the processes and difficulties of research on the social and gender impact of Community Networks in rural places, and focuses on some issues encountered in the nitty-gritty of such research.
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…
n this column on community networks and gender, the writers will explore how communities can provide and run their own internet infrastructure, the existing forms of community networks, the legal and policy environment in which they have to exist and what are the gender dynamics around these networks. Here we interview Steve Song about the policy and regulatory environment for community…
How do we measure the difference between access to the internet for men and women? It is without a doubt that such gender internet access gap indicators contribute to defining goals for international and country-level policies. But it is important for us to interrogate the role of indicators and measures in access related work and research. Nic Bidwell analyses the use of tools proposed to…