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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.

How feminist research shapes AI, privacy, and data protection discourse

Fri, 12/11/2020 - 10:46

In this second post in a series on artificial intelligence, research in the African context, Chenai shares why she believes that a feminist approach to research around AI is the only way.

Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need

Tue, 12/08/2020 - 16:49

Design justice advocates for processes of design that do not extract or appropriate the knowledge of users but build systems and software that are of use to them, rather than to companies and designers themselves. In this review of the book on design justice by Sasha Constanza-Chock, there is a call to subvert and upend the process of designing and to make it about justice rather than efficiency or efficacy. 

Set me up, knock me down: Legal Obligations of Dating Apps to address Sexual Violence

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 09:44

Recent reports reveal that hundreds of people experience sexual harassment and abuse on Tinder and damningly, that Tinder largely ignored survivors. What is the legal and ethical obligation that dating platforms have when their platform is repeatedly used by sexual assaulters to prey on women and others? 

Include LGBTIAQ+ voices in internet governance conversations

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 11:24

In this article, Nyx McLean calls for a diverse representation of LGBTIAQ+ people and issues in the conversations around the internet, and for the adoption of an intersectional approach to organising the IGF.

Connected to care: Coronavirus and women's challenges in community networks

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 16:53

GenderIT and Locnet invited women who work in community networks to share their experiences in the times of COVID-19.. This is one of the stories that got to be told about the acts of care in communication technlogies under the pandemic.

Rambles of Everyday Resistance

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 11:46

A beautiful essay that explores how to navigate the complexities of sexuality and personhood for Ethiopians, and how the traditional form known as qene or wax-and-gold is the perfect metaphor for negotiating and living dual realities.

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