Presentations

This presentation was part of the panel discussion on globalised media and ICT systems and structures and their interrelationship with fundamentalism and militarism organised by Isis International-Manila during the 2004 World Social Forum (Mumbai, India). The author contends that the global economy supported by ICTs stands upon the intersection of the crumbling proletariat of the North and the off-shore proletariat of the South, as seen in issues of labour, media and militarism.
This paper, presented at the United Theological College (Bengaluru, India) on 14 December 2006, points out that ICTs are reshaping personal and institutional relationships and the new public reality that ICTs have helped create need to be seen as a new site for feminism. The author discusses the recent depoliticisation of gender and the consequent obscurement of the agenda of feminist struggle.

At the 2008 AWID Forum (Cape Town, South Africa, 14-17 November), IT for Change (ITfC) was  part of the strategic session on 'Politics, power and the Internet' which discussed the intersections between women's rights and communication rights, and why communication rights are critical to women's movements. ITfC was also involved in organising a meeting of the Feminist Network on Gender, Development and Information Society Policies (GDISP). They met to discuss the paradigmatic changes of the information society that are in danger of being instrumentalised and co-opted by dominant ideologies, especially those of market fundamentalism and patriarchy, and to look at how they can be shaped by a vision of gender equality.

Paper presented for the Commission on Social, Ethical, and Legal Issues of  the World IT Forum (WITFOR). The presentation emphasises the gender gap not just in terms of connectivity to the internet, but also access to the sophistication of ICTs. Identifying various factors detrimental to women's interests, it also critiques the closed nature of mobile platforms as well as the lack of debate around the merits of community-owned telecom networks and open platforms.
Reflecting on the status of women in the past two decades at the consultation organised by Mahila Samakhya Karnataka on 7 March 2009, Anita Gurumurthy articulates a trajectory for gender and development, through the lens of historical phenomena like neo-conservativism and the transnational mobilisation of women, using specific examples such as the class wars against women's bodies and the dowry-based violence, all impacted by capitalism.

The 2007 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil, 12-15 November) and its overall theme was 'Internet Governance for Development'. IT for Change was part of several panels and workshops.

This three-day event, called ‘The Daughters of Fire’, was organised by Vimochana and the Asian women’s Human Rights Council in July 2009 at Christ University, Bengaluru (India). The presentation focused on the theoretical framework examining media-related constructs and critiques of the 'new' public sphere through the lens of information society and gender.

Anita Gurumurthy was part of the panel on “Exploring the relationship between cultural rights and cultural diversity” at the February 2010 Seminar organised by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in partnership with the International Organization of La Francophonie and UNESCO.

Anita Gurumurthy delivered two lectures on the interface between Gender and the Information Society on 25-26 March 2010 in Malaysia. At the Women's Development Research Centre (Kanita) in the University Sains Malaysia (Penang), she talked about 'Reframing Southern feminism(s) – An information society perspective'.

The lecture, held on 27 July 2010, was hosted by the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS),The Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), and IT for Change (ITfC). Lisa McLaughlin, PhD, Associate Professor in Media Studies and Women’s Studies (Miami University-Ohio, USA), addressed the gendered ties that bind the “new global governance” to the “new information economy”, with a focus on women, work, and information and communication technology.