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EROTICS Regional Survey learnings (2): understanding access and expression, and negotiating differences

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 15:57

Srinidhi Raghavan, coordinator of the EROTICS Regional Survey 2020, shares her learnings from cross-country feminist research on internet and sexuality through the lens of the Feminist Principles of the Internet.

EROTICS Regional Survey learnings (1): reflections on feminist internet research design

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 15:32

Srinidhi Raghavan, coordinator of the EROTICS Regional Survey 2020, shares her learnings from cross-country feminist research on internet and sexuality in South Asia. In this first part, the researcher reflects around identity, community agency and language.

Learning digital security as a “non-techie”

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 23:53

This article expresses personal experience of navigating the digital space and learning about digital security in a world filled with neurotypical upper caste people in authority.

A mine-ridden internet and six rules for understanding anti-rights narratives

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 15:00

Florencia Goldsman reviews the study "Engendering Hate: The contours of state-aligned gendered disinformation online", adding pieces to the puzzle of targeted digital violence that undermines women and LGBTIQ+ people online presences.


These are just some of the ways women and LGBTQ+ people make the internet healthier

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 14:17

What can be done to make the internet healthier? Some of the most compelling answers arise in the very communities that experience the worst online violence plaguing the internet.

Can social media platforms tackle online violence without structural change?

Tue, 08/17/2021 - 14:53

We welcome Facebook, Google, TikTok and Twitter commitments to tackle online abuse on their platforms, however without ensuring that the systems they create do not reproduce, and amplify existing inequalities. Built-in safety tools will only mitigate harms from the surface.

Transgender Act in India: A law that replicates existing challenges with digitisation?

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 22:14

In India, the digitisation drive of services interlinked with offline violence, marginalisation and stigma make it almost impossible for transgender persons to be considered as people who deserve equal rights. Through the provisions mentioned in the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2019, this article gives us a glimpse of human rights violations and denial of a life with dignity.

The identity predicament: a story about statelessness and the fight for denied rights

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 21:27

The system of integrated biometric database in Kenya, Huduma Namba, exposes multilayered challenges of statelessness, loss of basic human rights and availing government services. Through conversations with Mariam, a Nubian woman, we learn about the tedious and extremely long waiting period to obtain an ID card, without which people from ethnic minorities are not counted as citizens, and are pushed to the margins.

When our work doesn't fit metrics: for another way to count women on Wikipedia

Fri, 06/04/2021 - 20:59

The Wikipedia gender gap has been well documented for a decade. But are women in the Wikimedia movement in the same situation as a few years ago? What has changed and what still needs to be done?

Queer on the Internet: The Politics of Visibility

Thu, 05/27/2021 - 21:00

In this article, three queer-identifying internet users from Pakistan, talk about queer (in)visibility and the precarity of private online spaces for expression.

Approaching the fight against autocracy with feminist principles of freedom

Thu, 05/27/2021 - 19:00

This article examines the #FreeSenegal protests from a feminist perspective, depicting women's erasure from movements and revolutions in the African continent, and the prevalence of rape culture and sexual violence – even amidst anti-oppression protests.

South Korea: Censorship of telemedical services as a form of denying abortion access

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 20:04

When countries invoke peripheral laws such as pharmaceutical violations or conscientious objection clauses as justification for blocking, restricting, or limiting abortion access, they are invariably creating additional barriers, not upholding legal integrity.

Gender, diversity and inclusion in open source communities

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 18:55

The code, although open, is not neutral with respect to who contributes and for what. What happens to our contributions when we reveal our gender or sexuality? How can a project in which a significant portion of the work is invisible and not counted really be “free” and open source?

The contribution of bell hooks and Paulo Freire to the construction of community networks

Tue, 03/30/2021 - 15:16

In this article, Daiane Araujo discuss the link between popular education and community networks, and argues that class, race and gender should be part of the analysis in the implementation of autonomous infrastructure and technical training dedicated to digitally excluded communities.

Predation or innovation?

Mon, 03/08/2021 - 21:09

This piece is part of a series where Julia Keseru explores the connection between our online systems and bodily integrity, and the long term effects of digital innovation on our collective well-being.

Using the internet during a pandemic: Is it a choice?

Mon, 02/15/2021 - 14:53

During the lockdown in India, the circumstances of marginalised population groups, including gender and sexual minorities (GSM), has worsened. Community and peer support has been critical, but in many cases it depends on phone and/or internet connectivity. The author wonders if informed choices regarding internet usage is possible in this context.

Networks Woven with Care

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 18:02

Once upon a time, not long ago, in a village in southeast Brazil, women came together to exchange information and learn collectively about the influence of technology on their lives and on the spirit of the community. In the process, they learned something of great value.

Online protests against Poland's abortion law become stronger

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 10:12

New changes to Poland's abortion law could effectively ban abortion. Online protests have been building momentum to counter the force of the government, even as the pandemic rages on in Europe.

Women in community networks in Latin America: the story of Belem

Wed, 12/16/2020 - 14:39

GenderIT and Locnet invited women who work in CNs to share their experiences in the times of COVID-19 and their reflections on what these times have revealed around centering meaningful communication in their physical and digital communities. This is the second part of the stories that got to be told about the acts of care in communication technlogies under the pandemic.

Hardworking and resilient women engage with a health information chatbot in Pamoja Net

Wed, 12/16/2020 - 11:39

Through awareness-raising work groups organised by Pamoja Net in DRC, women and girls learned how to participate in the network and to access and verify health information through a telephone helpline and a chatbot.

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