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'Wanting to' versus 'Being able to': The rhetoric of access to the information society

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:20 | 5,406 views
Uruguay has one of the highest rates of internet coverage in Latin America, but studies that demonstrate this fact is gender-blind. So what have been the experiences of Uruguayan women with new technologies in relation to the three basic dimensions of any digital inclusion initiative, connectivity, education and infrastructure? This article is translated from the original version written in...

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Women’s networks for effective communication

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:20 | 4,428 views
Dafne Sabanes Plou is the regional coordinator for Latin America for the APC Women’s Networking Support Programme (WNSP). In mid-March she coordinated the “Building inclusive community networks” workshop in Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut Province, Argentina, in which women interested in learning about strategic uses of information and communication technologies took part. This is an account of the...

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Doing IT on Paper

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:20 | 4,434 views
This article examines the discrepancy between Pakistan's national IT policy and the reality of access and use on the ground. It argues a case for the revision of this policy by taking into existing account socio-cultural inequalities.

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Wireless networks: Neither the territory of men nor women

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:20 | 4,902 views
Cris Ojeda, a network technician and Nodo Tau collaborator in Argentina, recounts her experience at a wireless roaming nework training project carried out in Paraguay, during which she was the sole female participant.

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Mobile telephony's promise of bridging the digital divide

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:19 | 4,692 views
The London Offices of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) recently received an unprecedented appeal for increased food aid. What was different about this appeal was the manner in which it was sent. According to a United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights report, a Somali refugee in Northern Kenya's Dagahaley refugee camp sent a text message by mobile phone to the WFP offices...

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“The Burden of The Struggle” - Engendering Change in ICT Policy

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:19 | 3,748 views
Cheekay Cinco, member of APC WNSP, interviews Nancy Hafkin, woman pioneer of networking and ICTs development in Africa on her thoughts about the current gender and ICT policy environment. She reflects on the WSIS process and the recent Commission on the Status of Women, and articulates what is urgently needed to render visible the gender dimensions of ICTs at policy levels.

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Gender issues at all levels – from policy formulation to implementation

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:19 | 5,700 views
Sonia Jorge is an expert in telecommunications regulation, economics and public policy and have been working as a consultant in the fields of communications policy and regulation, gender and development with experience in different countries and regions. Specialized in gender analysis and ICT policies, Sonia shares in this interview to GenderIT her vision on the critical needs for gender and ICT...

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Women and ICT in Colombia: an issue still not completely incorporated in feminist agendas

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:19 | 4,046 views
Olga Paz, Administrative and Project Coordinator at Colnodo, a Colombian member of Association for Progressive Communications (APC), explains in this interview with GenderIT that in her country there is still not a clear gender perspective on national ICT policies and that there is still a way to go in achieving an understanding of the role of ICT as a political and strategic issue that can be...

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Funding ICTs: where will the money come from?

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:19 | 3,640 views
The Digital Solidarity Fund (DSF) was proposed by Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade at Phase I of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Summit. It was inaugurated by the Nigerian President Olusegun Odasanjo in March 2005, in Geneva. This fund is seen a voluntary and complementary financing mechanism to supplement existing financial mechanism. It is registered in Switzerland.

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Africa Grassroot Caucus prioritise the WSIS and MDGs as part of development

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:19 | 3,571 views
Africa Grassroots Caucus has prioritised the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as part of development. This was the outcome of the second Grassroots Caucus Regional Consultation that took place in Lusaka, Zambia on 26-28 July 2005. The participants from Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Congo Brazzaville and the Democratic Republic of Congo...