You are welcome to our ICT4D Open Seminar on "Progression or Regression? ICT4D and the issue of Gender". The seminar will take place at Department of Computer & Systems Science (DSV), Stockholm University. The Guest speaker is Dr Kutoma Wakunuma, Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR) at De Montfort University in the UK.
About the Seminar: Abstract
Despite progress having been made in terms of women’s access to and use of ICTs, gender disparities between men and women are still very much evident within the very realms of accessibility and use. The situation is even more evident when developing countries are taken into consideration. This talk will therefore focus on progress made but also dissect why when there is progress being made, there is also regression. On progression, one only needs to look at how women are taking advantage of the use of digital technologies offered for example by social media to improve their entrepreneurial skills but yet still evidently absent in the IT sector which involves development, management and implementation of the technologies in society.
Guest Speaker's Bio
Dr Kutoma Wakunuma is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at De Montfort University in the UK where she works within the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR). She has a PhD in Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Development and Gender. She has worked and continues to work on a wide range of research projects where she has taken on roles such as Principal Investigator, Lead Evaluator as well as being part of the coordination team of projects. Her work has been diverse, ranging from research ICTs for Development; Emerging Technologies and Ethics, Civil Society Organisations research, conducting stakeholder evaluation as well as looking into Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). Her main interest is in understanding the social and ethical aspects of modern technologies on both developed and developing countries. In addition, she is also interested in the impact of ICTs on gender. Dr Wakunuma is also a Programme Leader for MSc Computing. She also teaches on Masters and undergraduate courses which include modules on ICT for Development, Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT, Computing Ethics as well as Research, Ethics and Professionalism in computing.