There is nothing worse than showing up to a party uninvited.
The awkward conversations, the constant justification of why you’re there, and often facing up to the downright hostility of the hosts. It’s enough to make any of us want to quietly make our way towards the closest exit sign we find and never look back.
And that’s exactly what’s happening to many women around the world for simply taking the time to log on.
For those of us that work with the online world, there isn’t any doubt. Online harassment and cyber bullying are real. In theory, these things can happen to anyone— but...
Date published 08 March 2017
Last weekend, millions joined the Women’s March in the US and across the world. They stood up for their rights, and the rights of everyone. We need to do the same on the Internet.The Internet gives everyone a voice, but we need people to protect those voices. Online harassment and cyber bullying are real. And, some groups are targeted more than others.Last year, the Guardian exposed the stark reality in the field of journalism. An analysis of written comments posted in response to articles on the Guardian website revealed that of the ten journalists who received the most abusive comments...
Date published 27 January 2017
Today, on International Women’s Day, I want to acknowledge the many contributions made by women to the development and growth of the Internet. I am also asking others to join me in the Internet Society’s effort to “Shine the Light” on women who use the Internet to innovate and make a difference --in their families, in their communities and for themselves. Women around the world have made tremendous advances socially, economically and politically, but progress towards gender parity will be stunted if we do not increase the number of women who have access to the one technology that has...
Date published 08 March 2016
Our President & CEO, Kathy Brown, will again lead a group of us headed to GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the week of 22 February. As highlighted in our 2016 Action Plan, our focus this year is on connecting everyone who is unconnected, and promoting trust in the Internet. Both topics are highlighted in last year’s Internet Society Global Internet Report, as critical issues with respect to the mobile Internet. With its concentration of Ministers, CEOs, operators and vendors, from around the world, Barcelona is the place to be to build the visibility, reach, and influence of the...
Date published 18 February 2016
Access, Global, GSMA Mobile World Congress, Mobile, MWC2016, Networks & Trust, Privacy, Security, Supporting Women, Women in Tech, Other external events
Today it was my great honor to speak at the United Nations Headquarters in New York as part of the "International Day of Women & Girls In Science". I invite you to read the remarks I prepared below (or watch the video) and to join with me in shining the light on inspiring women around the world. Working together, we can bring the Internet of opportunity to all people.
Mr. Chairman, Honorable Ministers, Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, thank you so much for your kind invitation to participate in this most important dialogue.
Date published 11 February 2016
On Thursday, February 11, 2016, our President and CEO Kathy Brown was among the leaders participating in the celebration of the UN's International Day of Women & Girls in Science at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. You can watch live starting at 10:00am US Eastern (UTC-5) at a link available from:
DIRECT LINK: http://webtv.un.org/live-now/watch/transforming-the-world-parity-in-science-on-the-occasion-of-the-international-day-of-women-and-girls-in-science/4702237663001
As shown in the event program, Kathy spoke in the second block of speakers from 11:...
Date published 10 February 2016
A few weeks ago leaders from around the world gathered at the UN Sustainable Development Conference in New York to ratify one of the biggest promises the world has ever made to itself.
Over 17 Global Goals were put in place - set out to achieve extraordinary things in the next 15 years. Dedicated to fighting injustice and inequalities, ending climate change, beat discrimination, bring in sustainable energy, and make sure no one goes hungry.
The targets are ambitious - but we believe that in the digital age, we have the tools to succeed. These goals have the best chance in history to be met IF...
Date published 14 October 2015
Did you know the first computer program was developed by a woman? Or that a woman coined the term “debugging”?
Women have been creating amazing things in the world of computer science throughout history, but often their contributions have gone unnoticed. In light of this, we’re celebrating the amazing achievements of a few of them today.
Who do you admire? Add them in the comments!
ps: this list is in no particular order.
1 Women of ENIAC
In 1946 six brilliant young women programmed the first all-electronic, programmable computer, the ENIAC, a project run by the U.S. Army in Philadelphia as...
Date published 12 June 2015
Growing up, I wasn’t what you’d call a typical kid destined for a career in ICT (that stands for Information and Communications Technology. Yep, I had to Google it).
I was one of those kids that always knew what I wanted. I was captivated with radio and just wanted to spend my days working to gather up tidbits of people’s lives. Storytelling was in my blood.
I - being the stubborn person that I am - went ahead and did just that. I brought my love of storytelling to public and college radio, then over to the world I’m in today: as a defender of the open Internet and all the good it brings to...
Date published 23 April 2015
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This year, International Women’s Day will focus on the empowerment of women, highlighting the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which was signed 20 years ago by 189 governments to establish an agenda for realizing women’s rights. The celebration of this historic milestone gives us a good reason to reflect on advances in women’s rights around the world, and to examine the Internet’s role in this effort.
To this end, drawing from our Community Grants archives, our global membership and other organizations, the Internet Society has assembled below a list...
Date published 08 March 2015