CHAPTER 9. A GENDER PERSPECTIVE ON SECURITY AND PRIVACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE

This chapter explores the fundamental notions of digital security and privacy from a gender perspective. It details how the lack of knowledge of online security and privacy can have a deeply negative effect on technology users, especially women.

Technology unfortunately provides a wider platform for abuse targeted at women. The solution requires both individual digital skills to enhance personal security and privacy, and women’s participation in design and development of security and privacy technologies.


In the field of Information Security, women are largely underrepresented: globally, women account for just 11% of the cyber security workforce, mainly in non-managerial positions.


Security technology is gendered; cryptography incorporates gendered assumptions relating to sources of threat, potential “trusted” allies, and resource availability. More diverse design principles need to be developed.

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