IRMA-International.org: Creator of Knowledge
Information Resources Management Association
Advancing the Concepts & Practices of Information Resources Management in Modern Organizations

The Case of the U.S. Mother / Cyberspy / Undercover Iraqi Militant: Or, how Global Women Have Been Incorporated in the Technological War on Terror

The Case of the U.S. Mother / Cyberspy / Undercover Iraqi Militant: Or, how Global Women Have Been Incorporated in the Technological War on Terror
View Sample PDF
Author(s): Winifred R. Poster (Washington University, USA)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 14
Source title: Globalization, Technology Diffusion and Gender Disparity: Social Impacts of ICTs
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Rekha Pande (University of Hyderabad, India) and Theo van der Weide (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0020-1.ch020

Purchase


Abstract

While literature on women in technology and women in the military are well-developed, the field of cybersecurity has yet to be addressed within either of them. Therefore, this analysis charts a typology of work in global ICTs, an “information hierarchy,” and explores the presence and contributions of women at multiple levels. It identifies selected jobs for women in cybersecurity as illustrations of these dynamics. This starts with “networkers” at the top: the infoczars who lead the nation’s agencies for military and information security, and engineers who design the military technology systems. In the middle “networked” level, this includes cyber spies (posing from their homes as Al Qaeda militants on the internet) and customer service workers (enforcing US homeland security on the phone with the public). At the bottom, it includes “switched off” workers: flight attendants and transit screeners, who use security information embedded in computers for the surveillance of people’s bodies. This chapter takes focus on the middle level of the hierarchy in particular. The discussion considers the transformations women make in this field, as well as their political tradeoffs in supporting US political campaigns in the Global South.

Related Content

Kaneez Masoom. © 2022. 20 pages.
Dragos Vieru, Simon Bourdeau, Mickaël Ringeval, Tobias Jung. © 2022. 26 pages.
Abiodun Alao, Roelien Brink. © 2022. 19 pages.
Julia Puaschunder. © 2022. 48 pages.
Reza Gharoie Ahangar. © 2022. 15 pages.
J. Zambujal-Oliveira, Carolina Rodrigues, Maria Pereira, Martinho Freitas, Daniela Freitas. © 2022. 19 pages.
Courage Matobobo, Felix Bankole. © 2022. 29 pages.
Body Bottom