This is a major analysis of the emerging cultural characteristics of women's activities on the internet across the globe. It brings together anthropologists, communications experts, development workers and media analysts and women's movement activists to ask: are women caught in the net or weaving it themselves?
The book maps both the social, economic and political biases in which the culture of cyberspace is embedded as well its revolutionary potential, explores women's knowledge of and access to the Internet across the world, and puts forward concrete proposals for increasing women's engagement with the new communication technologies.
Wendy Harcourt is a feminist researcher and activist working at the Society for International Development in Rome Italy as senior advisor and chief editor of the quarterly journal Development. She is actively engaged in global feminist politics through her work with Women in Development Europe, European Feminist Forum and the Feminist Dialogues. Her other books include Practising Feminist Political Ecologies (with Ingrid Nelson, Zed 2015).
Preface: Freedom to Create: Women's Agenda for Cyberspace - Lourdes ArizpeCyborg Melody: An introduction to Women on the Net (WoN) - Wendy HarcourtPart I: Moving from Cyberspace to Cyberculture1. Crossing Borders: From crystal to tennis shoes- Marisa Belausteguigoitia Rius2. Gender, place and networks: A political ecology of cyberculture- Arturo Escobar3. Virtual Voices: Real lives - Gillian Youngs4. Internet, Emergent Culture and Design - Silvia Austerlic5. Exclusion and Communication in the Information Era: From silences to global conversations - Sohail Inayatullah and Ivana MilojevicPart II: Women Creating Global Communication6. Mapping Women's Global Communications and Networking - Alice Mastrangelo Gittler7. Global Networking for Change: Experiences from the APC Women's Programme - Edie Farwell, Peregrine Wood, Maureen James and Karen Banks8. Shifting Agendas at GK97: Women and international policy on ICT - Sophia Huyer9. Global Business, National Politics, Community Planning: Are women building the linkages? - Nidhi TandonPart IV: Women's Voices on the Internet10. They Speak, But Who Listens? - Laura Agustin11. Information Technology and Cyberculture: The case of Zanzibar - Fatma Alloo12. The Ho'okele Netwarriors in the Liquid Continent - Kekula P. Bray-Crawford13. Staking Their Claim: Electronic networking and training in Asia - Rhona O. Bautista14. Empowering On-Line Conversations: A pioneering Australian project to link rural and urban women - June Lennie, Margaret Grace, Leonie Daws and Lyn Simpson15. ALAI: A Latin American experience in social networking - Sally Burch16. Information and Communication Technologies and Identity Politics in Iran - Farideh Farhi17. Unveiling the Arab Women's Voice through the Net - Lamis AlshejniConclusion: Local/Global Encounters: WoN weaving together the virtual and actual - Wendy Harcourt