"We would like to know how to use that ... smartphone"
Access to the internet and ICTs can often be about creating and finding surprising opportunities and uses. If women are familiar with smartphones and able to use them, then this is one way of ensuring that the next generation of girls are also able to access and adopt technology.
Use of social media in Manipur – Women lag behind in technological advancement
Access to the internet is finally a priority for companies and acknowledged as human right by governments. However the gender digital divide persists, and in this article we explore what uses women make of the internet in urban and rural parts of Manipur. Is this use limited to social media, what about the generation gap, and the rampant spread of election propaganda?
How internet shutdowns affect the lives of women in Manipur
What is the experience of living through frequent network shutdowns and bans on mobile internet in the context of Manipur, a region located northeast of India. This article reviews a report on shutdowns in the region, and explores the specific impacts on women, and more broadly on people living in a sensitive region.
Inclusion, mobility and connection: diverse uses of mobile phones for women with disability
Can technology-based solutions improve the quality of life for people with disabilities? Srinidhi Raghavan interviews various women who talk about how mobile phone usage has benefitted them in terms of communication and social interaction, but also about their real concerns around privacy.
[COLUMN] Access and Beyond (5): How do we address the gender question?
Framing access and power at Stockholm Internet Forum 2017
[COLUMN] Access and Beyond (3): Navigating mobile costs in communication
Tackling the gender digital divide in Africa
[COLUMN] I want to be a Pokémon master
[COLUMN] Access and beyond (1): Navigating the gendered cyberspace
In this column series, Chenai Chair explores the barriers to accessing the internet in four countries in Africa - Rwanda, Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. The study in particular looks at the impact of affordability of internet and subsidised data services, and what impact this has on people in different locations (countries, urban-rural), of different genders, and so on. In the first column,…