[email protected] Synthesis Report – Literature Review and Policy Analysis

This report constitutes a review of the existing literature on transnational digital networks, migration and gender in eight national contexts and a policy analysis at the EU and national levels. Although the examined countries do not share similar migration histories and profiles, although research on gender and particularly on digital networks mark different starting points and different trajectories in each country, we can discern some converging tendencies among them and – more importantly – potential research questions that can be tackled within [email protected] project.

Coming to the specific set of questions that concern this report, and looking through the existing literature on Transnational digital networks, migration and gender, and particularly on the intersection, interconnection or even combination of these three variables, what can be deduced at first glance is the lack or the unevenness of interconnection among them. Here, we will give a brief outline of research and literature relative to each one of the three variables concerned, and we will try to explore existing examples of at least partial interconnection.

As far as policies are concerned, the report argues that the diversity of national policies has undermined the development of this field and as a result Europe is behind the US and many Asian countries in the development of digital technologies and networks. The European information society is considered as a “key economic, political and social process” that will enable the European societies to overcome the crisis by 2020. The report identifies seven problem areas and proposes specific measures to overcome them: (1) Fragmented digital markets, (2) Lack of interoperability, (3) Rising cybercrime and risk of low trust in networks, (4) Lack of investment in networks, (5) Insufficient research and innovation methods, (6) Lack of digital literacy and skills, (7) Missed opportunities in addressing societal challenges.

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WP2 Outline – Literature Review and Policy Analysis

Work package 2 aims to:

- review state-of-the-art literature on digital and migration networks in the different partner countries paying attention to national specificity as well as to potential Europe-wide implications.

- review and analyse policies on digital and migrant networks at the EU and national levels, with emphasis on policies encouraging civil society participation in digital networks, promoting democratic participation and deliberation by digital means and dealing with unequal access and marginalisation caused by factors such as gender, nation, race and class.


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Literature review and policy analysis – Overview

The aim of our research will be to:

- To review state-of-the-art literature on digital and migration networks in the different partner countries paying attention to national specificity as well as to potential Europe-wide implications. Firstly, all partners should critically examine the literature on new media and assess the extent to which it addresses issues of transnationalism, focusing in particular on migrant mobility and gender inequality. Secondly, all partners should review the literature on migration, and assess the extent to which it addresses transnationalism focusing in particular on their impact for the development of digital networks.

- To review and analyse policies on digital and migrant networks at the EU and national levels and examine the extent to which they address policy issues linked to transnationalism, with emphasis on policies encouraging civil society participation in digital networks, promoting democratic participation and deliberation by digital means and dealing with unequal access and marginalisation caused by factors such as gender, nation, race and class.