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Privacy in the time of a pandemic: how is your data doing?

Tue, 10/20/2020 - 09:30

A three part series that dives into the concerns around privacy and data in Africa in the context of artificial intelligence and also covid-19 from a feminist data justice perspective.

Webcomic: The Internet’s Footprint | Part 2

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 23:07

Inhabiting internet causes a huge footprint on land, nature and bodies. An impact that can be violent and abusive. But we can learn how to create a more attentive and sensitive relationship with digital technologies.

Disappearing rights: Undertrials and prisoners during lockdown

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 11:04

All over the world, prisons are potentially ground for the spread of the COVID-19 contagion, but another factor at play is the role of repressive governments at this moment continuing to imprison activists. This article looks at what prisoners can still access from jail and the effectiveness of online "visits" for prisoners from their lawyer and families in India.

Internet access for women and girls in Zambia

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 12:50

Education going online has posed a series of challenges especially for those living in Africa, Asia and other parts of the world where widespread access to the internet is not a given. This article explores how the Zambian government must show a stronger commitment and take measures to address how girls can access online education.

Hello? How Can I Help You Today? : Mental Health concerns for LGBTQIA+ people during Covid-19

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 11:48

LGBTQIA+ people are often already isolated, invisibilised in their families and sometimes also facing abuse. In this article, mental health professionals speak about the vulnerability of these groups and people during the lockdown and how fragile links of community and support are still being built.

The digital rights movement needs to be deliberately inclusive

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 03:00

The digital rights movement needs to become deliberately and intentionally inclusive. We need to actively engage with how technologies and the internet are racist, as well as how they perpetuate other oppressions through silence.  

Who is your global South feminism serving?

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 13:38

In this article, the Zimbabwean feminist researcher and writer Fungai Machirori challenges the idea of "the global South" as a homogenous space.

Gender and the virtual workplace during COVID-19

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 13:08

How does working online change and challenge gender dynamics at the workplace? Here we learn more through the experience of a barrister about how some of the changes brought about by COVID-19 could potentially be liberating and eventually change the workplace to make it better for women.

My Sextortion Birthday: Digital Violence During COVID-19

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 09:49

The lockdown raises questions around digital security and safety. From online conferences being hacked to individual women tarteted for extortion, there is a lot happening. In this personal essay, one woman navigates sextortion through expression, art and fantasy.

Precarious future for returnees coming back to Manipur

Sat, 08/08/2020 - 13:07

More than 45,000 people have registered to return to their home-state Manipur, and a large number of them are women nurses who faced discrimination and harassment while they were doing their jobs in mainland India. Returnees now face a precarious future regarding where they live, their jobs and their future.

COVID-19 is Leaving Women and LGBTQIA+ People in the USA Vulnerable to Online Surveillance

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:41

Essential workers and service workers in the United States of America, especially those who belong to LGBTQIA+ community, are increasingly more vulnerable at the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are at risk of losing employment benefits, and are subject to discrimination and surveillance at their workplace.

COVID-19 or the necropolitics of lockdown: Who cares about trans bodies?

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 22:00

Kira Xonorika exposes the absence of public policies for trans people in Paraguay during the lockdown by COVID-19 and denounces the serious social consequences of corporeal colonialism that pathologises gender diversity.

Webcomic: The Internet's Footsprint

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 19:03

We often hear that the Internet is a cloud. But the Internet has a big footprint. With this first release we start a reflective webcomic series around Internet's infrastructure from a feminist technopolitical perspective.

Domestic abuse during COVID-19 includes financial and online abuse

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 14:37

There are increasing rates of domestic violence and abuse during the lockdown for COVID-19 imposed in different countries. This violence includes abuse that relies on online means and includes financial abuse and exploitation, that particularly harm the independence of those who are the targets.

Polish protests against abortion ban during covid-19

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 14:59

Even as the world reels under the impact of the global pandemic, women in Poland have to protest against draconian and restrictive amendments to the abortion law that would make getting an abortion far more difficult than it already is.

Questions for white liberals

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 15:26

How do we look at racism and bias embedded within research? In the light of recent events in South Africa around how racist biases are being reproduced in classrooms,  research and knowledge production, these are important questions that white liberals and researchers must address. 

Cummunity Standards

Mon, 05/25/2020 - 14:13

Across different countries, there has been a recorded surge of domestic violence against women especially, but has there been an increase in violence and harassment online? Here Morgan Barbour shares how she dealt with an uptick in violence and harassment she faced since the lockdown began, and how she made it part of her artistic practice.

Who Run The Instagram Live? Girls!

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 14:00

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Shakespeare wrote most of his plays during the bubonic plague, and now women and queer artists use the internet and social media to open up spaces for marginalised communities and bodies.

The online space making pandemic sex easier (sort of)

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 17:02

Much as there is the risk of the online space breeding great amounts of anxiety, this can also be a time to form different types of human connection, find out more about innovative ways to get off and take a look at your love lives. Here is how.

What you need to know about censorship in China around COVID-19

Sat, 05/02/2020 - 13:18

The pandemic has amplified our need for a safe and secure internet, but can we have one now without surveillance and censorship. Read here to know what happened at the original epicentre of the COVID-19 virus and what measures of internet censorship were deemed necessary by the Chinese government to bring the pandemic under control.

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