APCNews 126 – Gender and tech in Colombia, US Progressive Techie Congress

APCNews – August 9 2010 – Year XI Issue 126
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
When the telecentre opened up in Villa Paz, a rural village in Colombia, most of the adults stayed away. Selene Mezú was not alone in forbidding her children to go there because she believed computers were against her religion. It was a combination of fear of technology and lack of time. Applying APC’s gender evaluation methodology (GEM) telecentre coordinators realised that if they were to get the adults in they were going to have to make it concretely worth their while. Selene eventually took a dressmaking course offered through a government training programme at the telecentre. Though she had never thought of herself as a creative person, she now uses these skills to make an income. “Many of the women who participated in the [telecentre] workshops [..] are increasingly active in the public life of their community. And the evaluation has shown that this is a good thing for everyone,” the telecentre coordinators report.


Afro-Colombian women fight prejudice by embracing technology

MONTEVIDEO (AL for APCNews) – On an improvised stage, locals act out a play about an African-Colombian girl who feels rejected because of the colour of her skin. It’s part of a community gathering to highlight violence against women in a small sugar-plantation town a few miles from Cali. For eight months, men and women of all ages attended workshops on gender and technology as part of piloted trials of the Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) in 24 government-sponsored telecentres. GEM exposed not only the stereotypes and prejudice women must face, but also the strengths that lie within women who least expected it. As a result, the entire community has come together.

Progressive techies declare their rights – and responsibilities

MONTEVIDEO (KAH for APCNews) – At the United States Social Forum on June 24 fifty politically progressive technologists came together for the first US Progressive Techie Congress. The Congress emerged with a statement applauded by other socially-responsible networks like the APC as “a great set of principles”.

Fighting South Korean three “cyber evils”

CALGARY (LC for APCNews) – Since South Korea’s conservative president was sworn in in 2008, administrative control on internet content has been getting progressively tighter in South Korea, a country with the second most connected population on Earth. Progressive groups criticise the government’s “three cyber evils”: the cyber insult law, the internet “real name” system and deep packet inspection to monitor and control internet communication.


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