Technologies “Disrupting” Gender Relations?
“Disruptive technologies” have the potential to disrupt the status quo. Some feminists also reflect optimism about how these technologies provide a tool for challenging traditional notions of gender identity, transforming the relationship between women and technology.
Renewable energy technologies and systems have the potential to transform how energy is produced, distributed and consumed. Smart and agile power systems based on distributed energy sources, such as mini-grids, can result in solutions for inclusive energy access. Disruptive technologies can enable developing countries to “leapfrog” stages of development, by using less capital-intensive centralized technology.
However, technological change that has the possibility of enhancing equity and inclusion can also enhance pre-existing hierarchies and inequalities if controlled by those with vested interests, who deploy it to further entrench their position.
KeywordsDisruptive technologies Gender relations Renewable energy Mini-grids Solar PV Wind India Surveillance Decentralization Patriarchal
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