Dr. Paula Gardner Co-Author and Co-Editor of Ada Special Issue (No. 16): Emerging Gender, Media and Technology Scholarship in Africa

Internet café in Accra, Ghana. Cafés are populated almost entirely by men and boys, and some do not allow females to enter. For context, see ‘Give a Laptop, Change the World: The Story of the OLPC in Ghana’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfVrTSq_iKc. Photo by H. Leslie Steeves.

The Ada: Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology has released its publication of Ada Special Issue (No. 16): Emerging Gender, Media and Technology Scholarship in Africa, co-edited by Paula Gardner, Audrey Gadzekpo and Leslie Steeves. Ada is an open access journal.

Dr. Paula Gardner has a co-authored article in this special issue titled, Emerging Gender, Media and Technology Scholarship in Africa: Opportunities and Conundrums in African Women’s Navigating Digital Media. The article is co-authored with Audrey Gadzekpo and H. Leslie Steeves.

Over the past decade and earlier, much of the academic and grey literature has painted an optimistic picture of rapidly increasing access and growth of digital technologies in Africa. Industry statistics put internet penetration in Africa close to 40 percent and growing, even though the continent still lags behind the world average of Internet users (Internet World Statistics, June 2019). Some estimates predict that by 2025 the sub-continent will add 167 million mobile subscribers to its existing 456 million (GSMA Report, 2019). Mobile devices, especially, have assumed centrality in the lives of ordinary people and provide prospects for Africa to leapfrog into the modern digital world. Smart phones are enabling millions of Africans to share news and information more easily and to tap into all kinds of essential services, much like elsewhere in the world.

Emerging Gender, Media and Technology Scholarship in Africa: Opportunities and Conundrums in African Women’s Navigating Digital Media by Audrey Gadzekpo, Paula Gardner, H. Leslie Steeves, 2020.

This article is written in association with the Fembot Collective.

The Collective that brings you the Ada journal and the Fembot Collective podcasts. The Fembot Collective was founded in 2009 at the University of Oregon. The Collective’s intent was to create an open access, open source publishing platform for feminist research on gender, new media, and technology. It launched its journal, Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology in November 2012.

Fembot Collective, 2020