Bringing Feminist Perspectives into Community Informatics

  • Katrina Peddle Concordia University, is a student researcher for the Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking (CRACIN), investigating information and communications technology (ICT) in rural Atlantic Canada. Her thesis focuses on how youth in Labrador use photovoice to discuss issues of racial identity.
  • Alison Powell Concordia University, is a student researcher for CRACIN, investigating the use of W iFi by community groups, with focus on the community wireless movement.
  • Leslie Regan Shade Concordia University, is co-investigator on the CRACIN project. Her research focuses on the social, policy and ethical aspects of ICTs.

Abstract

Through analysis of two Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking (CRACIN) case studies this paper argues that feminist perspectives strengthen community informatics (CI) theory. While feminist CI has addressed the dynamics of access and intricacies of technological design, labor, both gendered and invisible, is one area that needs further refinement in CI. Résumé À travers de deux études de cas de la Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking (CRACIN) cet article soutient que les perspectives fém inistes renforcent la théorie de l'informatique communautaire (IC). Pendant que l'IC a adressé la dynamique de l'accès et les subtilités et le travail, à la fois divisé par le sexe et invisible, ceci demeure un domaine qui a besoin d'advantage de raffinement dans l’IC.
Published
2008-09-09