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

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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

The NRI: What do I think about this index from a social perspective?

Last month the World Economic Forum launched “The Global Information Technology Report 2013: Growth and Jobs in a Hyperconnected World“[1], which presents the result of an annual study that measures the World’s Networked Readiness Index (NRI). This Index, as stated by the editors, measures the degree to which economies across the world leverage ICT for enhanced competitiveness, helping policymakers and relevant stakeholders to track their economies’ strengths and weaknesses as well as their progress over time. Moreover, to accompany the continuous evolution ICTs have, both 2012 and 2013 NRI, are the result of a review process which not only adapted some of the variables considered but also included two Impact Subindexes, in this way, trying to become a more appropriate tool for the next decade. [2]

It is interesting to follow up the reactions of these kind of reports. Last year’s report, was the first to show the results of the new framework used for the ranking. Searching online, it Sigue leyendo

Frustración como motivación: Conversando sobre Cultura Digital en Brasil

Salir de nuestra zona de confort, da miedo. Estamos tan acostumbrados a nuestras rutinas y hábitos, o pensamos que estamos en un momento tan bueno en nuestras vidas, que cualquier cosa que amenace o nos desafíe a cambiar cualquiera de nuestras actividades nos exponen a lo desconocido, lo que podría ser para bien o para mal . Esto es aún más difícil, si el cambio implica no solo un cambio de actividad, sino un cambio de paradigma, es decir, una transformación en la forma de pensar y entender las cosas.

Me parece que este fue el sentimiento que se destacó durante los debates que tuvieron lugar en la Segunda Semana de la Cultura Digital* en Campinas. El tema de la semana de este año fue: “Puede el Internet subvertir el orden?”, lo que llevó a cada uno de los participantes a reflexionar sobre nuestro orden actual y qué cambios, si los hay, el Internet está causando. La mayoría de los participantes coincidieron en que SÍ, Internet está cambiando las reglas de juego, pero ¿qué tipo de cambio es que este?. Si es bueno o malo, se discutió mucho. Esta divergencia es la que ha causado la mayor parte del malestar. Cosmovisión, objetivos, creencias y realidades, hizo que todos entendieran la pregunta de maneras diferentes. Por ejemplo, se podía ver cómo algunos fueron muy Sigue leyendo