Web discussion: The digital economy in Asia - Feminist perspectives

A web discussion on "The digital economy in Asia - Feminist perspectives" was hosted by FES Asia, WIDE+ and IT for Change with more than 100 participants from across the region.

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This talk sought to provide a much-needed feminist perspective on how the Fourth Industrial Revolution is impacting the present and future of women's work in Asian economies.

In specific, the talk focused on the gender digital divide and implications of platformisation and automation of value chains on women's work and livelihoods in Asia, as well as future priorities for feminist recommendations in the region.

The event was jointly organized by the FES Asia working group on the digital economy, which brings together feminist researchers from nine countries and hosted by FES in Asia, IT for Change and WIDE +.

Revisit the presentations from our three guest speakers:

Payal Arora, Professor and Chair in Technology, Values, and Global Media Cultures at Erasmus University Rotterdam and author of the book "The Next Billion Users. Digital Life Beyond the West." Her work focuses on internet usage in the Global South, specifically on digital cultures, inequality and data governance.

Anbita Nadine Siregar, founder of Yayasan Generasi Maju Berkarya (Generation Girl). It is an Indonesian-based non-profit organization that provides young girls with both technical and soft skills to become future leaders. Before Generation Girl, Nadine worked at Gojek as a Product Engineer before.

Anita Gurumurthy, IT for Change, India
Founding member and executive director of IT for Change, where she leads research collaborations and projects in relation to the network society, with a focus on governance, democracy and gender justice. Her work reflects a keen interest in southern frameworks and the political economy of Internet governance, data security.

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