Towards a Feminist Political Economy of Telecommunications

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This essay advances a feminist political economy to telecommunications approach by looking at how different agencies in the United Nations system and various UN conferences conceptualize the relationship between women/gender, telecommunications, and new ICTs. The central questions asked are: What does a privatized world mean to poor women? Why are the private sectors of telecommunications and new ICTs so rich and global women so poor? Where does the wealth that is made in the telecommunications and new ICTs industries go? By critiquing how the UN conceptualizes the relationship between women/gender, telecommunications, and new ICTs, this essay argues that a feminist political economy to telecommunications uncovers how the current understanding of the relationship may hinder UN's efforts in reducing global poverty. This approach shows that economic arrangement, national policies, technologies, and intellectual property laws are gendered. As long as the gendered nature of these macro structures is not acknowledged and altered, women's poverty will never be fully understood and hence will never be eradicated.


Keywords: Feminist Political Economy, Telecommunications, The United Nations, Women's Poverty
Stream: Knowledge and Technology
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Micky Lee

Assistant Professor in Media Studies, Department of Communication and Journalism, Suffolk University
Boston, MA, USA

Micky Lee is an assistant professor in media studies at Suffolk University, Boston. Her research interests are international communication, and the political economy of telecommunications, new ICTs and information. She has previously taught at Ithaca College and the University of Oregon, where she obtained her PhD in Communication and Society. Her works appear in International Communication Gazette and Feminist Media Studies

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