Gender & ICTs

Violence silences: Document. Challenge. Reclaim our right to expression

12 November 2014 (Take Back the Tech! for APCNews)

How do you challenge existing inequalities by speaking up? When you voice your thoughts, do you face threats and abuse? How is violence used to disrupt solidarity and collective action where you are? How do you fight back? This year’s Take Back the Tech! campaign invites you to help us reframe the conversation about violence against women as a violation of our fundamental human right to freedom of expression. Get involved!

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TBTT Internet intermediaries campaign media report

On 21 July 2014, Take Back the Tech! began a campaign demanding to know what Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are doing about violence against women on their sites. Our primary goal is to get them to take a clear stand on violence against women in their terms of service and engage with diverse civil society to find solutions for safer platforms.

APC commissioned research that reveals that these companies fail women users, especially those outside of North America and Europe, and that they need to be more transparent: we don’t know who responds to reports and how they are trained, and we haven’t seen data on reporting demographics and success.

Take Back the Tech! used this research to create a report card that grades Facebook, Twitter and YouTube on issues such as transparency around reporting and redress, engagement with stakeholder groups and public commitment to human rights standards. The report card ignited media interest, with the Washington Post, Time, Fortune, O Globo, Yahoo France, the New Indian Express and more covering the campaign.

This is the media report of this campaign featuring social media activity, media hits, and content produced for this event.

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Pergamino
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October 2014

On 21 July 2014, Take Back the Tech! began a campaign demanding to know what Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are doing about violence against women on their sites.

Take Back the Tech! campaign wins ITU award for gender equality in tech

PERGAMINO 28 October 2014 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

APC’s Take Back the Tech! campaign was globally acclaimed for its “efforts to reduce threats online and building women’s confidence and security in the use of ICTs,” winning first place on this first edition of the prize from over 360 nominations and 37 finalists from more than 70 countries.

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How technology informs my activism: A conversation with gender and technology activists in Barcelona

BARCELONA 27 October 2014 (Flavia Fascendini for GenderIT.org)

Interviewed during the APC Member Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, gender and technology activists Anne Roth, Hilary Goldstein, Marie Githini, and Sarah Marland, talked about how technology informs their activism and what turns them on about technology.

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What's the point of the revolution if we can't tweet? Women Human Rights Defenders speak out

San Francisco

From the recent arrest of a Bahraini women’s rights activist over the content of her tweets to the threats made against Emma Watson after her speech to the United Nations, women who speak out for equality and justice too often face backlash and threats.

Syrian activist and blogger Razan Ghazzawi and Lebanese activist, blogger and APC’s EROTICS project coordinator Nadine Moawad were joined by Ka

Violence against women and ICT in Bosnia and Herzegovina: A tricky place between raising awareness and lobbying for laws

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Our ambitious journey with our first Take Back the Tech! this year started on a really good note – media response.

For years now, the topic of violence against women that is happening through ICTs has not been “attractive” enough for our local media.

Participants in Costa Rican Women's Hackathon develop software applications to solve social problems

PERGAMINO 15 October 2014 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

On 30 and 31 August 2014, 39 women engineers and technologists created nine prototypes of software applications aimed at solving social problems in the north of Costa Rica, at the First Women’s Hackathon, organised by APC member organisation Sulá Batsú through its TIC-AS project, with the support of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality.

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Facebook: The king laid bare and the drag queens

The social network created by Mark Zuckerberg recently suspended the profiles of drag queens whose pages were under their stage names.

Applications open for the Gender and Technology Pop-up Institute

3 October 2014 (Tactical Tech for APCNews)

Tactical Tech, in collaboration with the Association for Progressive Communications, are organising a 7-day event for up to 50 women and trans people to learn tools and techniques for increasing their understanding and practice in digital security and privacy and to become digital security trainers and privacy advocates. When? December 1-8, 2014. Where? Berlin, Germany.

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Pioneering research launched on tech driven violence against women in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD 3 October 2014 (Bytes for All for APCNews)

Technology based violence is exposing women to the entire spectrum of conceivable harms in Pakistan. Victims of technology based violence have suffered physical violence ranging from rape to attempted assassination, psycho-social harms and loss of development opportunities. This was revealed in a research report launched by Bytes for All, Pakistan in Islamabad on September, followed by a panel discussion that aimed to engage various key stakeholders in the discussion.

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