Feminist Talks @ AWID: Last Rescue in Siam: A comedy about anti-trafficking raids in Thailand

TURKEY

Empower Foundation of Thailand has creatively used art and media to promote the rights of sex workers for over 20 years. Empower has collaborated with artists to bring their messages to people in Thailand, in cartoons, in nearly life-size papier mache dolls that are more well traveled than the sex workers they represent, and in their own books.

Feminist Talk @ AWID: Filtered by the state, inspired by Gita Sen

Istanbul, Turkey

The convention center is big, enormous, 2500 women from all over the world to attend the 12th AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights in Development. It’s my first AWID, usually I avoid these overwhelming conventions but this time I couldn’t say no.

Feminist Talk @ AWID: Anonymize yourself: digital security and feminist practice of technology

Istanbul, Turkey

From the 16th to the 18th of April I attended a pre-event to the 12th AWID forum that was focusing on the intersection between information and communication technology, the internet and feminist practices, and that was interrogating privacy and security in online spaces and on our devices.

As the day passed, I saw myself surrendering to the fact that there is nothing good in the laziness of a r

Feminist Talk @ AWID: Thinking about gender and technology

Istanbul, Turkey

I am sitting at AWID in Istanbul and digesting the first day, as well as the Feminist Tech Exchange which happened the day before. I am also getting used to the Turkish keyboard which is limiting my punctuation use.

Monitoring spectrum

Figure 6: Participants from Albania, Nepal, Malawi and Italy testing an antenna with the RF Explorer Spectrum Analyzer in Trieste, February 2012Figure 6: Participants from Albania, Nepal, Malawi and Italy testing an antenna with the RF Explorer Spectrum Analyzer in Trieste, February 2012

Monitoring spectrum requires expensive instruments with a steep learning curve.

TVWS and digital migration

There is an opportunity for stakeholders to lobby for the introduction of TVWS-based solutions while the issues of the digital transition are considered, to ensure that commercial interests do not prevail over the interests of society at large.

Activists should emphasize the need for transparency in the frequencies allocation process.

Unused spectrum

Figure 5: Region served with voice and data services by COTECAL, in Calafate and El Chalten, ArgentinaFigure 5: Region served with voice and data services by COTECAL, in Calafate and El Chalten, Argentina

Spectrum allocated to broadcast television is only partially used. In particular, in developing countries.

IEEE802.22

Stimulated by the impressive success of WiFi (due mostly to the use of unlicensed – or open spectrum), the IEEE created a working group to address the requirements of a Wireless Regional Area Network. The challenge was to develop a technology suitable for long distance transmission that could be deployed in different countries (each with quite different spectrum allocations).

Dynamic spectrum access

Although all available spectrum is currently allocated in developed countries, many independent studies have found that the total amount of spectrum in use at any one time in any one place is a tiny fraction of the total.

Digital dividend and TV white spaces

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