Gender & ICTs
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UN encourages community responses to online hatred in new report
APC and Bytes for All, leaders in promoting access and safe online spaces
A new UN report discussed in Geneva on 25 June 2014, cites the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and By
The APC “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project is changing women’s lives. We wanted to offer a closer, more personal look at individual women whose lives have been significantly impacted by the initiative. This week, we share the story of Britney Fae Corpuz, a transwoman activist and member of Gender and Development Advocates Filipinas.
That’s what we’re asking Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Promote transparency and safe spaces. Demand that social media take a stand. Join our campaign beginning 21 July to demand answers and action! Take back the tech!
On 21 June 2014, eight women human rights defenders were arrested for protesting peacefully against the Protest and Public Assembly Law in Heliopolis, Cairo, after being dispersed by the police using tear gas and bird shots. One detainee, Yara Sallam, is a long time APC partner.
APC’s Take Back the Tech! campaign was recognised with an honorary mention in the 2014 Prix Ars Electronica under the “Digital Communities” category. This category focuses on the wide-ranging social and artistic impact of internet technology and sheds light on the political and artistic potential of digital and networked systems.
Discourses on issues of safety are not new to feminists. Strategies to resist sexual harassment in the office, verbal abuse on the streets, physical violence in the home, shaming in social spaces and sexualised threats to women human rights defenders are continually being revisited and reworked.
During APC’s Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality and the Internet, where we explored our collective understanding of what a feminist internet looks like, we asked participants to tell us their vision of a feminist internet. Watch the video!
Can you imagine life without your mobile phone? Is hanging out online as important to you as going out with your friends? Then you’ve probably experienced, witnessed or heard about tech-related violence, from receiving annoying messages from strangers to being stalked or bullied on the internet.
Take Back the Tech!
City-level Take Back the Tech! exchanges on strategic, creative use of tech for community-based solutions will bring together unusual suspects to share experiences and expertise in order to develop creative tech solutions to complicated issues of safety, spaces and gender. Support us by applauding this idea and help it make it to the challenge shortlist!
In this article, Minna Salami argues that while the digital wave is marked by more diversity than previous feminist waves, it is nevertheless predominantly the ways that white/western feminists challenge patriarchal structures using the internet that has garnered attention. Salami challenges this general trend by sharing a few examples of how African feminists are using the internet to change society.