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Build knowledge - share what you know

Thursday, November 30, 2006
 

Everyone knows something related to technology that someone
else might not. It can be something as simple as use how
to set up a web-based email account to elaborate things
like how to fiddle with javascripts. One of the best ways
for knowledge to grow in a more horizontal and less hierarchical
way is to share what you know.

Some people can find it daunting to begin playing with
technology. This might be caused by a larger social definition
of technology that excludes them – such as older wo/men,
those who are differently-abled or young girls in some contexts.
In a 2004 survey
of 37 countries, it was found that 88% of college students
who intended to major in computer science were male, while
the percentage of women fell to the same level as it was
in the 1970s.

Many abusers who use information and communications technology
are adept with the latest tool, gadget or potential hacks.
Building knowledge is a powerful way to counter the continued
mis/use of technology to commit violence against women.

  • Think of someone who has told you s/he wished to know
    how to do something in relation to technology. It can
    be a friend, a colleague, a family member, or someone
    from a mailing list.
  • Contact them, and offer to do a step-by-step tutorial
    on how to do something that is technology related. Come
    up with a simple project together. For example, cleaning
    up a personal computer from spyware and malware.
  • If you can, write up your experiences and share them
    with others at Talk Tech &
    VAW
    .
  • From here, we can develop guides that can be used in
    the future by larger numbers of people.
  • Build knowledge & share what you know!