Gender barriers are real. One in five women in India and Egypt believes the Internet is not "appropriate" for them. On average across the developing world, nearly 25 percent fewer women than men have access to the Internet, and the gender gap soars to nearly 45 percent in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa.
There are also gaps regarding the way women participate in the core infrastructures of the web: According to the OECD, even though women hold more than 60 per cent of Information and Communication Technology-related jobs in OECD countries, only 10 to 20 per cent are computer programmers, engineers, systems analysts or designers.
In spite of the unbalanced female presence, a new generation of women thinkers are shaping, reinventing and reinterpreting our World and our interaction with new technologies, beyond the Internet. From North to South, from East to West, the female tech intellectuals are emerging and growing in numbers and influence.
Who are they? What are they doing? What can we learn from them?