Reflecting: Gender, race, ethnicity… in ICT4D?

I am now waiting for my next flight, and inspiration just hit.. why let this opportunity go away. For those few who have read my blog, you may have noticed that I do not write much.. it is not often that inspiration comes and I feel like blogging.. But today I am here waiting and thinking back at a great session I chaired days ago at the ICTD 2016 International Conference in Ann Arbor. Together with my colleague and friend Tony Roberts, we organised a session about Intersectionality in ICT4D, and surprisingly we had a very good turn out.. more than 30 people came to the session. 1/3 already knowing they disagreed with the session proposal, another 1/3 not knowing what intersectionality meant, and the rest interested in the conversation. We had enthusiastic and passionate conversations, overall touching on a subject hardly heard in this context… changing social structures!

Intersectionality was a new concept to me too a few months ago, and I came to see it as a tool to try to understand complexity. Namely, when we try to understand reality, we are Sigue leyendo

What do we mean with ICT & Gender?

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in a discussion about ICT & Gender in the monthly London ICT4D MeetUp. It was hosted by the ICT4D Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London, and counted with almost 40 participants.

Discussions started by a brief “conceptual” introduction by Dorothea Kleine (@dorotheakleine), Director of the Centre, who intended to spike the conversation by pointed out some Gender concepts. As was clearly stated by Dorothea, talking about gender is not a new topic. It started decades ago with a focus on how to include Women in development practices. Back then, the feminist movement pointed out the need to incorporate women and the first attempts were more in the counting side. Sigue leyendo

Introducing my research – operationalisation

Words have different meanings, with different intonations and in different contexts they may even have more meanings from the officials you can find in a dictionary. Paulo Freire knew about this power and complexity of the word, how can communication may facilitate or discourage a process, how it could both oppress or liberate you. He said that by knowing how to read and write words, people can better understand the world in which they are living in, and by doing so, they may “awaken” from the state of oppression they are submitted to (Freire, 1970). In essence, understanding what is being said by others, not just the “official” meaning, but all the emotions and messages that are carried through words and intonation, is what allows us to fully comprehend a situation.

But, how can we communicate complex messages to a wider mixed backgrounds public? Sigue leyendo

Protestar ou não protestar … é realmente este o dilema?

* Peso desculpas se as minhas informações não estão completamente certas, este texto é somente uma opinião pessoal

A maioria de vocês devem ter lido, visto ou ouvido falar sobre os protestos no Brasil. Estar em Campinas,  cidade localizada a 1 hora (aprox.) de São Paulo, enquanto tudo isso está acontecendo, tem sido uma experiência muito interessante, que, de certa forma, reforça alguns dos meus sentimentos anteriores sobre o movimento Occupy, que agora não é tão popular como era há um ano.

Tudo começou com uma reivindicação simples. O Movimento organizado chamado “Passe Livre” – MPL, começou a se queixar dos altos preços do transporte público, que estava prestes a sofrer mais um aumento. Um pequeno grupo começou a protestar e as reações agressivas da polícia e os artigos negativos publicados pela mídia, foram, na minha opinião, algumas das causas do grande incêndio que veio depois. Sigue leyendo

To protest or not to protest… is really that the dilemma??

Most of you must have read, seen or heard about Brazilian protests. Being in Campinas, a city located 1 hour (aprox.) from São Paulo, while all of this is happening, has been a very interesting experience, which in a way, reinforces some of my previous feelings about the Occupy movement, which now is not as popular as it was a year ago.

Everything started with one simple reclamation. The organised Movement called “Passe Livre” – MPL (Free pass in English), started to complain about the high prices of public transportation, which was about to suffer one more raise. A small group started to protest and the aggressive reactions of the police and the negative articles published by the Sigue leyendo

El NRI: Que opino sobre este índice desde una perspectiva social?

El mes pasado el Forum Económico Mundial lanzó su reporte “”The Global Information Technology Report 2013: Growth and Jobs in a Hyperconnected World“[1], el cuál presenta el resultado de un estudio anual que mide el Índice de Potencial para la Conectividad en el mundo (NRI por sus siglas en inglés). Este índice, según lo declarado por los editores, mide el grado en que las economías de todo el mundo tienen para aprovechar las TIC para mejorar la competitividad, ayudando a los responsables políticos y las partes interesadas pertinentes para acompañar las fortalezas y debilidades de sus economías, así como su evolución en el tiempo. Además, para acompañar la continua evolución de las TIC, tanto en 2012 y 2013 NRI, son el resultado de un proceso de revisión que no sólo adaptó algunas de las variables consideradas, sino que también incluyó dos Subíndices de impacto, de esta manera, tratando de convertirse en una herramienta más apropiada para la próxima década. [2]

Es interesante hacer un seguimiento de las reacciones de este tipo de informes. El informe del año pasado, fue el primero en mostrar los resultados del nuevo marco utilizado para Sigue leyendo