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Month: March 2006 (Page 1 of 3)


I’m in Boston this weekend speaking at the Women, Action and the Media conference with Jessica and Samhita from feministing. Our panel is called (Web) Sites of Resistance: Why Blogs Matter. I got bumped at the last minute so will be sort of speaking in an unofficial capacity, but it should be way cool anyway. Jess and Sami will be liveblogging the event, so check out feministing for frequent updates.

I’ve been sort of considering lately that this blog has really tipped over into “technology” without so much of the “feminism”, but expect that to change soon. It’s a strange tension to walk. I’m not even vaguely part of the “feminist blogosphere”, and most of the feminist work I do isn’t really related to my academic interests. On the other hand, I am a feminist, and one who has been studying feminist theory for more than ten years, so it really does inform all of my thinking. I think that in a lot of ways the work I do on privacy and surveillance is feminist, as it analyzes the power dynamics of technology. But I’d like to get back more to my roots and make explicit my thinking about the ways that gender, race, and especially class play out in contemporary technology. I’m sure that by the end of this weekend I’ll be inspired to do just that.

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Notes from Phil Howard from World Information Access Report

A former professor of mine, Dr. Phil Howard at University of Washington, gave a lecture at Columbia today on ICT (information communication technologies) and the digital divide. Phil works with the World Information Access Project, whose site has lots of summary reports that add to these brief notes. He’s working on a very wide-scale project about information technology adoption world-wide, which means he’s done lots of really interesting research about international and transnational new media use.

One anecdote I liked: Phil said that when he was in Tajikistan last summer, the cybercafes were full of off-duty Russian soldiers playing Counter-Strike, teaching the Tajik youth how to shoot better.

(Despite the folk wisdom that developing countries are chock-full of gamers, a larger percentage of youth are gamers in rich countries than in poor countries, which makes sense w/r/t cost of connectivity).

Another thing Phil had seen was groups of coders working on re-writing not only software, but code itself to remove English or French expressions (even IF, THEN, FOR, so forth). This became a very important symbolic act of resistance, as well as practical: building open-source code that doesn’t require a knowledge of English or French means that development teams don’t need to rely on Western coders.

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Identity 2.0 Bibliography

I’m working on a project w/ Alix Rabin about Identity 2.0. Behind the cut is our proposal and bibliography. If anyone has any comments, let me know! Thanks!

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