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Kondoa Community Network: Breaking gender Digital divides

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 11:48

Community networks provide alternatives to infrastructure to access internet that is controlled by either companies or the state. In the remote area where Kondoa Community Network works, even patchy services have been helpful to ensure access to better education and medical services. 

A response to ‘The age of the feminist influencer’

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 09:46

How we organise around shared causes and beliefs has changed with the internet. This piece looks at how the internet allows leadership to be decentralised, and a response to the idea that the age of influencers is necessarily a bad thing.

Advocating for better ICT laws at the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Forum

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 11:05

The Asia Pacific Internet Governance Forum just completed in July 2019 and it took place in Russia. There were very few sessions that dealt with either gender or human rights and none that addressed sexuality. At one session there were discussions on the ICT related-laws and particularly on the broad and unclear provisions that deal with online censorship.

How we reimagine and redefine freedoms

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 13:25

What is the extraordinary power of storytelling and art when it comes to the liberation of personhood and sexuality. Here we explore the domino effect of telling our stories and hearing others.

Discourse online and onground around LGBTI rights in Poland

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 14:41

In Eastern Europe there is a spread of anti-gender discourse and in this context the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex (LGBTI) people is precarious. This article explores the protection for free speech, religion and for LGBTI rights in Poland. 

Finding the Pleasure Point in Internet Policy Spaces

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 13:04

For some of us pleasure in our work is possible, even if it is to find the breaking and bending points in the institutions of policy and law. But even though political and particularly feminist frameworks make space for pleasure, where is the space for that in legal or policy language at the international or national level?

My Little Corner of The Internet: The Role of Finstas in The Lives of Queer, Black Africans

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 11:56

The internet is made up of many kinds of spaces knitted together - from the public to somewhat private to the many grey zones in between. Here is how queer black people find public corners for celebrating and self-care through Finstas.

Sliding into the DMs - is the internet helping/hurting our snaxing?

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 09:14

In this podcast by Tiff and Manda, they explore what is happening when the internet enters the worlds(s) of lesbian, bisexual, queer women and others. Does it open up possibilities of those sliding into our DMs or can it be risky and even dangerous to be openly LGBTQI online. 

Private Parts: Obscenity and Censorship in the Digital Age

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 11:28

Between right-wing governments and corporate capture of online spaces, there are interesting shifts in how sexuality is censored and governed online and offline. This article looks at the reach and over-reach of laws related to obscenity and censorship in South Asia and the impact that has had on free speech around sex, sex work and sexuality.

Why it is good that Ethiopians are debating homosexuality?

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 21:54

In this last week there has been an uproar in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer people in Ethiopia, and also a backlash of online threats, harassment and violence.

Why it is good that Ethiopians are debating homosexuality?

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 15:34

In this last week there has been an uproar in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer people in Ethiopia, and also a backlash of online threats, harassment and violence. Tigist Hussen examines what is hopeful in all the noise and furore. 

Propping up patriarchy: Threats of the growing anti-gender movement

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 07:55

Across Brazil, Bulgaria, Poland and at the international level there is a vicious and concerted attempt to dilute the language around gender in policy and UN mechanisms which targets any gains in gender equality, advocates exclusion of LGBTIQ people and restrictions on sexual and reproductive rights. The attack on gender is real and here, what are we going to do about it?

What lies behind the fears of digital identity? The experience of the Huduma number in Kenya

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 11:03

The rollout of the Huduma namba is taking place over Kenya. This article traces the experience of one young woman Nyangi as she tries to get a card, and more broadly the problems and hurdles posed by the system of digital identity.

Food for the social media soul: Why Indians viciously debate nutrition online

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 13:22

Food and in particular nutrition for children is a widely debated topic on social media, media and onground in India, and the reason for this is how caste plays a role. This article breaks down why the imposition of veganism or a savarna diet would harm children who are poor and do not have access to the same privileges as others.

Artificial intelligence for mental health

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 13:11

This article explores mental health facilities in Kenya and if artificial intelligence can provide solutions for the dire need for infrastructure. Even if the use of artificial intelligence poses a solution to this, there are risks for data and privacy, algorithmic bias and large scale misdiagnosis. AI can only work when alongside human and humane treatment.

Making our presence felt: women's involvement in online content creation in Ghana

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 12:23

In this exploration of the questions of access and economy for women in Ghana, the author takes a closer look at the digital gender-gap. When women don't have equal access to the internet then what are the economic implications?

Turning from Tumblr: Where is sex positivity on the internet going?

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 09:45

The Tumblr porn ban reveals how laws in one country against sex trafficking can be used to police content online, and especially has an impact on queer, trans and other sexuality related content. Here Tiffany Mugo talks about what that does to the discourse around sex positivity online.

Sexual Assault in Ghana: How technology can help build visibility

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:17

In Ghana sexual assault is vastly under-reported and there is a huge barrier in the police procedures for reporting of crimes. In this article based on multiple interviews, the author explores what role technology can play in addressing this, and can public discourse and visibility around sexual assault lead to change?

No Photos Please: Dating & Hooking Up Via Grindr And Notions of Self-Worth

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:11

The second in a series on queerness and privacy, this article explores the relevance of what is legally understood as privacy in the lives of queer people and communities living in the "global South". In this article, the contradictions between online dating for queer and gay people and the precarity of their daily lives is explored.

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