QUESTION: Zapatista women and IT

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I am doing a project about the Zapatista's use of IT (mostly the internet). I am interested in finding information on how women in the Zapatistas have used IT or how they have been involved in its use in the Zapatista movement.

Technology, class, and resistance


Is there any chance you can use a college or university library that can help you find dissertations? (I don't have access to such a database myself.)

I am thinking of one in particular, "The Redesign of Design: Multinational Corporations, Computers and Design Logic, 1945-1976," completed by John Harwood at Columbia Univ in 2006. I'm not sure how much Harwood considers class (or resistance, for that matter), but you might find works of interest in his bibliography.

For work on contemporary issues, have you tried Richard Florida's works on his so-called "creative class"? Again, perhaps does not interrogate class, but you could make use of his research.

Also consider checking out the bibliography for Cory Doctorow's young adult novel Little Brother, which you can download for free here.

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QUESTION: Technology, class, and resistance

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I'm looking for literature that might answer the following questions:
What are the dimensions of the scientist class/engineering/inventing class? What are the dynamics between this class and other social/economic classes? What have these dimensions and dynamics looked like in different stages of history (i.e. different modes of production)? How have people resisted the imposition of new forms of technology on their way of life? Some topics/sources that have helped me frame my questions are: Technics and Civilization by Lewis Mumford, Machine Dreams by Philip Mirowsi, Thorstein Veblen, Luddites.

Information Poverty


You are right that the term seems to reside more heavily in academia than popular writing, but I did find an article from The Ghanaian Times, providing a more concise definition:

One major cause of poverty is attributed to ‘information poverty’ —the lack of access to information and knowledge that could improve earnings potential.

The article goes on to discuss information & communications technologies and more on the digital divide.

Here is the proper citation for that source:
Darkwa, Dr Osei K. (2008, June 2). Providing ICTs In Rural Communities In Africa. The Ghanaian Times. Retrieved from

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