In many parts of the world, technological innovations such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and machine learning are already having an impact on many aspects of society. They allow us to communicate faster, to share information, to feel closer to one another. They have become an essential part of our everyday lives, providing us with unprecedented opportunities for advancement in areas ranging from education to political participation.
Their mundaneness and expanded use makes us believe that they are genderless. But nothing is further from the truth, at least not when it comes to their impact. Just as technological innovations can help us advance, they can also further deepen existing inequalities and biases towards women.
For this reason, the UNI Equal Opportunities has begun to address the issue of the impact of digitalization on women by drafting concept papers that will help further discussions around this issue.
A first paper "Digitalization from a gender perspective", was drafted with the purpose of explaining what digitalization means, how it will affect the world of work, and in particular, how it will affect women workers.
A second discussion paper "The path to genderless digitalization" was drafted as part of a collaboration with the European think tank "Friends of Europe" for their report "Policy choices for a digital age" . This second document further explores the impact of technology and artificial intelligence on existing biases towards women as well as the growing gender digital divide, and promotes a series of possible solutions to address the issue.
Digitalization from a gender perspective: (digitalization_-_en.pdf)
Policy changes for a digital age: (4ir_report_web_final.pdf)
The path to genderless digitalization: (66-70.pdf)