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Technology Citizenship

Women today must fight for technology 'citizenship' the way the suffragettes fought for the right to vote. Democracy in technology is important, and we donít have it now. The participation in and influence on technology today is by white, affluent males, not women, minorities, or the poor. Yes, the numbers of women and minorities using the Web are increasing, but Web use is not power. In a knowledge economy, people with technical knowledge will impact the future of the world, and people without it will simply be impacted. A positive future depends on what technology is developed, who designs it, who builds it, who controls it, who uses it, and how ití s used. How can women help ensure a positive future? By learning, knowing, having opinions, and communicating about technology.

- Anita Borg, Gründerin des Institute for Women and Technology (www.iwt.org)