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Making a Dent in the 21st Century: Women and Technology

October 22, 2012 by Monique Jeanne Morrow, Cisco, Distinguished Consulting Engineer
"WISENET (Women in ICTs Shared Excellence Network) is the International Bureau’s convening platform that aims to leverage the experience, resources and connections of the international ICT community to better the situation of women, their communities and their countries. As part of this work,
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Coding is not just for Guys and Geeks

October 4, 2012 by Ann Mei Chang, U.S. Department of State Senior Advisor for Women and Technology
As a twelve year old girl, I came across the Space Invaders video arcade game and was mesmerized by the relentless thump-thump of the advancing aliens, the satisfying sound effects, and the addictive simplicity of the game play.  Soon thereafter, I convinced my parents to buy my first
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Innovation and Social Change for Girls and Women: Bridging the Gender and Technology Divide

October 2, 2012 by Renee Kuriyan, Director of Social Impact, Corporate Responsibility Office, Intel Corporation
3 hours. That’s how long it used to take me to drive the local women’s group I worked with in rural Kenya from their village to the nearest bank -- 15 years ago.  When I visited these women a few months back, I watched as they electronically transferred money via their smart
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Developing New ICT Role Models for Girls

September 5, 2012 by Vicki MacLeod
Vicki MacLeod is an international consultant in communications policy and regulatory issues.  She is a representative on the OECD’s Business and Industry Advisory Committee.Careers in communications and technology are for everyone, including women. But we need to show girls the benefits
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Some Things Never Change

August 14, 2012 by Siobhan Green, Guest Blogger, CEO and co-founder of Sonjara
Even when the Internet was new – and expensive and slow – it gave us essential access to the rest of the world. In 1994, when I lived in Senegal, the only Internet access available to me was a hold and forward account through a science research group, meaning I would dial into their servers
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Women Entrepreneurs from Afghanistan and Rwanda Graduate from the Peace Through Business Program

August 8, 2012 by Adrienne Divertie, Legal Intern and Roberta Braga, Undergraduate Intern, International Bureau
The Peace Through Business program is an initiative of The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW), a non-profit group inspiring women in the United States and abroad to pursue greater entrepreneurial roles, to grow their businesses and start new ventures, and become more active
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From Developing the World to Developing the Web, and Back Around Again

August 6, 2012 by Carla Briceno, Co-Founder of Bixal
My career in international development began almost by accident when I heard my undergrad sociology professor talk about the Peace Corps. I had just returned from my first visit to Latin America and was strongly impacted by the poverty and difficult living conditions. I was hell bent on joining
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Women's Access to ICT: Strengthening Policy Frameworks to Address the Mobile Phone Gender Gap

July 30, 2012 by Christopher Burns, Economic Growth and Agricultural Development Advisor the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
When we think about mobile technology access to services, opportunities and products – particularly in remote, rural corners of the developing world – we occasionally miss the chance to emphasize the importance of tackling macro-level regulatory frameworks and policy-making functions. 
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The Gender Gap in Mobile and Internet Access in the Developing World

July 23, 2012 by Ann Mei Chang, Department of State Senior Advisor for Women and Technology
We have seen evidence over and over again that investing in women and girls is one of the most direct and effective ways to produce economic and social progress.  We have also seen how information and communication technologies (or ICT) have accelerated the pace of change by introducing
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Hosting a New Generation of Leaders at the FCC

July 18, 2012 by Mindel DeLaTorre, Chief, International Bureau
On July 12, 2012, the FCC hosted a program for TechGirls, a U.S. Department of State initiative sponsoring an international exchange program designed to empower young girls to pursue careers in the science and technology sectors. The FCC hosted an impressive group of 25 young women between
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