The Digital Skills Crisis: Engendering Technology – Empowering Women in Cyberspace

Citation:

Kamberidou, I., & Pascall, N. (Forthcoming). The Digital Skills Crisis: Engendering Technology – Empowering Women in Cyberspace. In Gender Gaps and the Social Inclusion Movement in ICT. IGI Global: International Publisher of Information Science and Technology Research (https://www.igi-global.com/ ). Copy at http://www.tinyurl.com/y78bfsdl

Abstract:

Invitation to publish Chapter:  ©  Kamberidou, I. & Pascall, N. (2018). The Digital skills crisis: Engendering Technology – Empowering Women in Cyberspace.  Chapter in: Gender Gaps and the Social Inclusion Movement in ICT. IGI Global: International Publisher of Information Science and Technology Research https://www.igi-global.com/  

 [ ...........MORE ANALYTICALLY, BOOK ENTITLED: Gender Gaps and the Social Inclusion Movement in ICT. Responsible: Idongesit Williams  Aalborg University Denmark, Olga Kretova (Ph.D fellow), , Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark Roslyn Layton (Ph.D), Aalborg Unversity Denmark/ Strand Consult, Denmark
Proposal Submission Deadline: December 15, 2017
ICTs have evolved from serving as a means of personal communication and organizational coordination. Today, ICTs serve as an enabler in most aspects of our daily lives. ICT adoption could help women,... 

Introduction

ICTs have evolved from serving as a means of personal communication and organizational coordination. Today, ICTs serve as an enabler in most aspects of our daily lives. ICT adoption could help women, and frequently their families, enjoy greater literacy, freedom, empowerment, health and so on. ICT adoption patterns in the usage of various forms of ICTS from the advent of the information age vary across gender. This has resulted in different degrees of social exclusion within different societies and different regions of the world. The degree of social exclusion also varies with respect to the adoption ICT technologies and services. Different approaches have been adopted to foster social inclusion using ICTs. In many countries, ICT policies have been proposed and adopted to enable social inclusion. But most of these policies rarely provide specific approaches towards bridging gender gaps in the adoption and usage of ICTs. In the academia, studies on gender gaps in the adoption and usage of ICTs have been ongoing through most of the digital age. There have been studies on gender patterns in the adoption and usage of different ICT and services in different contexts and global regions. Although there has been a revolution in ICT technology, services, and usage patterns, studies show that gender gaps still exist. The nature of the gender gaps differs based on what the ICT service is used for. As ICTs are now delivered via converged technologies and platforms, the divergence on gender gaps in using different services differ.   In this book, the editors will seek academic research dealing with the issues on current gender gaps and how it impacts upon social inclusion. The context of the discussion on ICT includes online and offline access to ICT.

Objective

This comprehensive and timely publication aims to be an essential reference source, building on the available literature in the field of Gender studies while providing for further research opportunities in this dynamic field. It is hoped that this text will provide the resources necessary for policymakers, academics, researchers, International Governmental organizations, etc, identify current challenges and solutions towards social inclusion with respect to gender.

Target Audience

Policy makers, academicians, researchers, advanced-level students, technology developers, and government officials will find this text useful in furthering their research exposure to current gender-related issues hampering social inclusion enabled by ICT.

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