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Women Using the Web
Over the years the internet has advanced allowing anyone in the world to have a voice if they want to. In chapter 20 of web studies they talk about women's place in the internet. The internet has helped women communicate through networking. It has also aloud them to take up causes and spread the word using the internet as their platform. The topic that has become number one for women is violence. Women have been able to use the web to create campaigns against violence, they use links, emails, social networking, and online chatting to convey there message to the public.
The internet has become a huge tool for women and it will only get more helpful as technology advances. The internet is so helpful for women because it gives them a voice and a way to find people dealing with the same things they are. Women have also started programs such as MADD mothers against drunk driving and have recieved tons of support from the online community. Overall the internet is a great tool for women because it allows them to network, communicate, find support, and support a cause.
Women's Ways of Webbing
By Laura Dauer
It is a common assumption that women are not that large of a part of the web culture as Chapter 20 of Web Studies explains. However, this is not the case. In face, women are extremely into web and are constantly making an impact through the ways in which many groups of women use the web. According to Wendy Harcourt, "Women are actively engaged in the cyber-dialogue, creating on the internet strategic information links, lobbying and advocating for change, and building up solidarity amoung groups that share the same goal even if they never meet face to face." Through e'mail petitions, website links, chat rooms, and listservs woman participate in sharing their beliefs and trying to stop something that they find harmful or start something they see could be beneficial. "Woman are using the internet to network, plan and strategize on a level that could never have been imagined just a few years ago."
Because of the web there are societal boundaries that have been broken creating a more equal lifestyle. Some of these include the gender divide, intellectual vs activist, personal vs professional, and geo-political. Through the use of the web people can communicate in numerous ways without worrying about having any labels or stereotypes tying them down. I believe this is a great thing because it leaves all internet users to truly express themselves and help to serve a purpose through the click of a button.
How Women Use The Web
By Natalie Buonincontri
Typically, when we imagine a "computer geek" we imagine a boy behind the screen. What most people seem to forget is that women can and do use the internet, and many times they are taking advantage of the powerful way the web can be utilized. In chapter 20 of Web Studies, Wendy Harcourt states that women are using the web as a way to come together and support each other about serious topics such as violence and discrimination towards women.
There are websites everywhere from the Phillipines, to the UK to South Africa where women can address these issues and find others who will understand and support them. This has been the most effective way for women to lobby together for a cause they believe in, even if their next door neighbors don't. By forming networks that women from all over the world can join, women effectively form a solid platform from which their voices, which may otherwise be hushed, can be heard.
On the other hand, the technology needed to access these support systems is not always available in some of the places women need it the most. Unfortunately, there is not internet access all over the world and if it is available, it may not always be affordable. The language barrier can also be a locked door in the cyberspace world. According to Harcourt, 40 percent of the internet is in English, barring non-english speaking and illiterate women, which in these cases, are the women that may need the most support.
As long as we realize the importance of the internet to women around the world, we can continue making it accessible to as many women as possible and help them navigate the web.
World Wide and the Web
by Fatima Rodrigues
The social stereotype that women do not use or work with the web as much as men is wrong. Although many people believe that women are mostly associated with the internet in pornography, there is actually quite a movement of women engaging in cyber-dialogue, creating strategic information links, lobbying and advocating for change, and building solidarity in communities of people who share the same views and goals online.
The Digital Divide
by Fatima Rodrigues
Recently in the political, economical, and social worlds there has been some debate over the issue of the "Digital Divide." The digital divide has to do with the differences in accessibility and use of technology (particularly the internet) in the world now. There are generally two different ways to look at this divide. The first is the "global divide," which is concentrated on the differences between different countries in their "…telecommunications infrastructures, information transmission capacity, numbers of computers, website hosts…" The second divide is a divide within a nation which focuses simply on those who do and don't have access to web resources. This issue has triggered a lot of initiatives to spread the internet around, so to speak. For example, many underdeveloped countries, such as Bangladesh and Mexico, have implemented "telecentres" where people can gain access to technological resources such as internet and even something as simple as telephone access.
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