Information Technologies & International Development

Information Technologies & International Development is an interdisciplinary open-access journal that focuses on the intersection of information and communication technologies (ICTs) with the "other four billion" – the share of the world population whose countries are not yet widely connected to the Internet nor widely considered in the design of new information technologies.

ITID Publishes Special Section on Gender, Mobile and Development


As a tribute to International Women's Day 2018, Information Technologies & International Development is proud to present a Special Section on "Gender, Mobile, and Development."

This new Special Section on “Gender, Mobile, and Mobile Internet: Opportunities and Challenges in Mobile-Centric Use” which features five articles from international scholars and guest-edited by Savita Bailur, Silvia Masiero, and Jo Tacchi.

What exactly is “Gender, Mobile and Mobile Internet”? 

Women in low- and middle-income countries are, on average, 10% less likely to own a mobile phone than men, which translates into 184 million fewer women owning mobile phones, per the Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association’s (GSMA) latest Mobile Gender Gap Report (2018). The report also states that some 1.2 billion women in low- and middle-income countries do not have access to mobile Internet. These are thought-provoking figures in an increasingly digital age, but what happens when we go beyond access as a metric when it comes to women, mobiles and mobile Internet? SDG 5 (one of the 17 “sustainable development goals”) aims to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” by 2030, and specifically, to enhance the use of enabling technology to promote the empowerment of women. This Special Section asks what “empowerment” through technology, especially mobiles, means for women and how it is achieved. 

We invite you to read these ITID papers that published March 7, 2018.
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Vol 14 (2018)

Table of Contents

Research Articles

Aspirations and Contestations: ICT Training and Subjectivities Among Marginalized Youth ABSTRACT PDF
Sreela Sarkar 13 pgs.
An Analysis of Community Mobilization Strategies of a Voice-based Community Media Platform in Rural India ABSTRACT PDF
Aparna Moitra, Archna Kumar, Aaditeshwar Seth 18 pgs.
The Making of Survival. Technology, Literacy, and Learning in Two Microenterprises in Mexico City ABSTRACT PDF
Judy Kalman, Oscar Hernández 15 pgs.
End-User Engagement in the Design of Communications Services: Lessons from the Rural Congo ABSTRACT PDF
Donna Champion, Sylvain Cibangu 15 pgs.

Special Sections

Gender, Mobile, and Mobile Internet| Gender, Mobile, and Development: The Theory and Practice of Empowerment — Introduction ABSTRACT PDF
Savita Bailur, Silvia Masiero, Jo Tacchi 9 pgs.
Gender, Mobile, and Mobile Internet| Mother, May I? Conceptualizing the Role of Personal Characteristics and the Influence of Intermediaries on Girls’ After-School Mobile Appropriation in Nairobi ABSTRACT PDF
Ronda Zelezny-Green 18 pgs.
Gender, Mobile, and Mobile Internet| Maintenance Affordances, Capabilities and Structural Inequalities: Mobile Phone Use By Low-Income Women ABSTRACT PDF
Becky Faith 15 pgs.
Gender, Mobile, and Mobile Internet| Kenyan Women’s Rural Realities, Mobile Internet Access, and “Africa Rising” ABSTRACT PDF
Susan Wyche, Jennifer Olson 15 pgs.
Gender, Mobile, and Mobile Internet| Understanding the Darker Side of ICTs: Gender, Sexual Harassment, and Mobile Devices in Pakistan ABSTRACT PDF
Bushra Hassan, Tim Unwin, Akber Gardezi 17 pgs.