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Why Haben is a must read/listen

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 13:17

Technology when used well can change lives, especially those of people with disabilities. In this review of the remarkable book by Haben, titled "Haben: the deafblind woman who conquered Harvard law", the question raised is whether feminists working with technology are doing enough about accessibility.

We are Sisters in Islam

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 09:12

In 2019 the High Court of Malaya (Malaysia) upheld a fatwa ruling that bans the organisation Sisters in Islam for going against Islamic teachings. In particular, this ruling limits their use of social media. Read more to hear about the complexities of activism and speech in Malaysia for feminist groups and individuals.


Fri, 09/27/2019 - 11:44

Sorry, we need to see a letter from an institution: Struggling as an independent researcher

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 12:05

The hallowed halls of academia, meaningless standards of rigour determine who can be a researcher. Would it be possible to truly undertake independent research outside of the aegis and agendas of institutions.

Digging up Trauma, Survivor Porn and other Ethical Concerns about Research

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 16:33

Research is often meant for lofty objectives of ensuring policy change, and at at the very least, it should do no harm. But what if your research is about violence - and what risks do we run when asking participants to revisit their trauma and hurt that they experienced because of online violence.

Participatory Design of Smart Home Technology: self-reflections of my work as a black African migrant HCI researcher.

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 14:30

What are the complications that identity can produce in research? And when can it be fruitful - can we design solutions and technology keeping in mind the diversity of people, and seeking particularly to include those voices often less heard in technology design.

Letter to my younger self – a budding feminist researcher.

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 10:23

What is the difference between doing research that takes into consideration gender as a factor and being a feminist researcher. In this touching and funny letter, a researcher speaks to her younger self about naivete, idealism and ofcourse, funding. 

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?

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