There is a common conception that new information and communication technologies
have the potential to achieve greater social equity; to empower migrants, particularly
in the construction of diasporic spaces and agency. However, this achievement is not
uniform: media are enmeshed in pre-existent power structures. Gender, class, and
'race' mark the lines of the technological divide.
To explore these issues, we look at the case of migrant women in Ireland who are
active in migrant organisations. Despite uneven access to mediated information flows,
adaptive innovation in communication technology use is evident in these
organisations. Mediatised communication and information are integral to their day-today
management, in such a way as to both consolidate and expand existing 'offline'
networks. While problematising notions of migrant belongings and affiliations, our
research entails a critical rethinking of several commonplace preconceptions in
popular discourse: the 'migrant', the 'individual' technology user, and the idea of
technology access as a 'pure good'.