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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.

The story of protests in Bilal Bagh and how it is NOT shutdown by COVID-19

Sat, 05/02/2020 - 12:51

In India protests against the discriminatory and unilateral law to determine citizenship have been going on since December of 2019. The protests across India against the current authoritarian government were growing in power, in spite of the enormous pressure they came under, the attacks and arrests of leaders and now from the spread of COVID-19 and lockdowns.

Blackening Wikipedia

Wed, 04/15/2020 - 20:10

Ennegreciendo Wikipedia is a project founded by Ivonne González, who introduces this initiative to create more content in the free encyclopedia about oppressed and marginalized communities, especially African and Afro-descendents women.

How one can imagine embodiment in our “disembodied” online lives?

Sat, 03/14/2020 - 22:03

In this article, Shivani Lal shares her experience attending the Imagine a Feminist Internet workshop in Malaysia, on November 2019. Shivani inquieres how one can imagine embodiment in our “disembodied” online lives as a part of our very networked lives today.

Dare to Imagine

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 08:59

When is the last time that you daydreamed, spending hours in imagining some unrealistic ideas? Have you found yourself continuously get overwhelmed by different issues happening in this world as a feminist? Is it difficult for you to take a break, a break for fantasizing, and enjoying your daydreams?

"We would like to know how to use that ... smartphone"

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 11:53

Access to the internet and ICTs can often be about creating and finding surprising opportunities and uses. If women are familiar with smartphones and able to use them, then this is one way of ensuring that the next generation of girls are also able to access and adopt technology.

Making a Feminist Internet in Africa: The importance of including the most marginalised among us

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 14:52

The first "Making a Feminist Internet: Movement building in a digital age in Africa" convening, held in Johannesburg in October and brought together feminists from 18 African countries. This post gathers some of their shared ideas and conversations.

Where is feminism in the Hong Kong protests? Issues in the context of the anti-extradition movement

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 16:19

What can feminists expect from the revolution of our times? In this article about the recent uprising in Hong Kong against the control of the Beijing government, we take a look at the complexities that feminists and LGBTQI+ activists have to live with, in spite of working for freedom and democracy alongside and in movements.

Transforming structures of power through feminist internet research

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 17:29

The internet has not fulfilled many of the optimistic expectations of the role it would play in relation to development and has, in fact, become a ground for denial of rights and voice of marginalised groups and people. But the making of a feminist internet presents the possibility of giving shape to an internet that is built on diverstiy and recognition of rights, especially those of women, gender-divesrse and LGBTQIA+ people.

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