Gender and IT Supporting Resources Collection
Mainstream perceptions of new information and communication technologies (ICTs), especially the Internet, are invariably positive, where barriers are understood to be technical rather than social. The reality is that the use of ICTs is governed by existing power relations, and vast numbers of people are excluded from the benefits of these technologies. It is those people who lack the necessary infrastructure, skills, literacy and knowledge of the dominant internet language - English who are likely to be excluded, a group that is likely to be dominated by women, poor and rural people. There are, however, ongoing attempts to make the benefits of ICTs more widely available, particularly to these groups. Given that gender and ICTs is a wide ranging topic, this collection is arranged to provide a flavour of the diversity of issues and how to tackle them, where practical materials offering insights and guidelines for action have been chosen over more academic texts. It is made up of summaries of texts that provide broad as well as regional overviews, case studies, tools and guidelines and other materials. This Supporting Resources Collection forms part of the Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and ICTs. The pack also includes the Gender and Development In Brief newsletter, and an Overview Report, which looks at the main issues in some depth.
Gender and IT Overview Report
Gender and IT Cutting Edge Pack