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Keywords of the internet: The fraying edges of algorithmic production

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 11:06

In this column series we unpack keywords relevant to the internet and the digital age. Here we look at algorithms, their origin in the work of Ada Lovelace. At how they are a series of steps in a process, how they enfold consequences. And lastly we ask - can we talk about feminist algorithms?

Mentoring women in technology: Laying out the landscape

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 13:03

Equity in digital access in Africa is far from being a reality. There is also paucity of women in technology related careers and more broadly in STEM. In this column, Nodumo Dhlamini will explore the necessity for mentoring of women to make them confident users and implementers of ICT tools and solutions.

Gendered Reality Traps: How "Objective" Machine Learning Contributes to Intersectional Exploitation

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 17:20

Is technology neutral or is coding political? In this article Smarika Kumar explores how algorithms work in the real world, and how they are a reflection of existing biases and forms of exclusion and discrimination in society.

Netwoman: Policy and safer internet spaces for women

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 10:58

In Tanzania, even as access to internet has brought changes to the lives of people, there is still a lot to be done to get everyone connected and at the same time ensuring good policies to lay the ground for a safer internet. Rebecca explores legal options to the non consensual sharing of intimate images of women in the country. The big question is – how can we make online spaces safer and accessible to women? And what is the image that the internet portrays of women?

Online Dating in Pakistan

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 08:06

The rise of dating apps allows women to take control of their social life and their choices. In this article Hija Kamran speaks to many women in Pakistan about their experience of online dating, both good and bad, whether it allows for challenging of conservative social norms or it leaves women vulnerable to abuse and other risks.

Gender and community networks: Researching social and gender impact

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:41

In this fourth column on gender and community networks, Nic Bidwell looks closely at the processes and difficulties of research on the social and gender impact of Community Networks in rural places, and focuses on some issues encountered in the nitty-gritty of such research.

[COLUMN] Gender and community networks: Researching social and gender impact

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:41
In this fourth column on gender and community networks, Nic Bidwell looks closely at the processes and difficulties of research on the social and gender impact of Community Networks in rural places, and focuses on some issues encountered in the nitty-gritty of such research.

Image source: author. Near a community network installed in refugee camp, northern Uganda

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How to use social media for activism [VIDEO]

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 09:19
Here are tips and insights on how to use social media for activism and movement-building, on how to use internet and social media to amplify your cause. In this video Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah touches on several instances of how social media can and has been used by African feminists, and especially describing popular campaigns and hashtags on Twitter

How to use social media for activism

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 09:19
Here are some tips and insights on how to use social media for activism and movement-building. These are learnings from the vocal and active African feminists that have used internet and social media to amplify their causes. In this video Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah touches on several instances of how social media can and has been used, especially through popular campaigns and hashtags on Twitter

Note: this is not an exact transcript of this video - but the text I wrote before recording the video

Hi everyone, my name is Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, I am a Ghanaian feminist and social media enthusiast. I’m here to share my observations of how activists are using social media to build movements in West Africa. I will focus primarily on how feminist activists use the power of social media to build relationships, to network and to amplify causes. I will speak based on my own personal experiences, and my general observations.

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Cyber violence makes internet use a gendered issue

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 07:02

Politicians, journalists and other women with public profiles face a substantial share of online harassment, bullying and violence. In this article, Koliwe Majama shows how in the context of the Zimbabwean elections, even as the internet brings the public closer to politicians, it opens up new avenues for discrediting them and their work, and reveals the patriarchal misogyny that underlies democratic processes.

Cyber violence makes internet use a gendered issue

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 07:02
Politicians, journalists and other women with public profiles face a substantial share of online harassment, bullying and violence. In this article, Koliwe Majama shows how in the context of the Zimbabwean elections, even as the internet brings the public closer to politicians, it opens up new avenues for discrediting them and their work, and reveals the patriarchal misogyny that underlies democratic processes.

The women’s movement in Africa should up the ante in its fight against the male-dominated, hyper-masculine policy and legislative development framework that has tended to exclude women in cybercrime and cyber-security debate leaving them victims of abuse.

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Gender and community networks: Building a movement around community networks and gender equality

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 10:57

In this third column on gender and community networks, GenderIT interviews Carlos Rey Moreno on what movement building around community networks is all about. How do we get policy makers, organisers, community based organisations and others invested and interested in community networks? And in this constellation of actors and organisations, how do we start talking about gender equality and parity.

[COLUMN] Gender and community networks: Building a movement around community networks and gender equality

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 10:57
In this third column on gender and community networks, GenderIT interviews Carlos Rey Moreno on what movement building around community networks is all about. How do we get policy makers, organisers, community based organisations and others invested and interested in community networks? And in this constellation of actors and organisations, how do we start talking about gender equality and parity.

Image credit: Steve Song

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[COLUMN] Gender and community networks: Busking in policy spaces

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 11:58

n this column on community networks and gender, the writers will explore how communities can provide and run their own internet infrastructure, the existing forms of community networks, the legal and policy environment in which they have to exist and what are the gender dynamics around these networks. Here we interview Steve Song about the policy and regulatory environment for community networks - whether this hinders or fosters their growth, and further the presence of women in these policy spaces.

[COLUMN] Sanitary Panels: SPOT THE DIFFERENCES! (comic)

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 09:55
Sanitary Panels is an ironic yet hard hitting series where social commentary masquerades as humour and makes us rethink many of our assumptions. In this comic Sanitary Panels looks at the difference that women and men achievers face and what assumptions are imposed by social and cultural ideas around gender.

[COLUMN] Sanitary Panels: SPOT THE DIFFERENCES! (comic)

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 09:55
Sanitary Panels is an ironic yet hard hitting series where social commentary masquerades as humour and makes us rethink many of our assumptions. In this comic Sanitary Panels looks at the difference that women and men achievers face and what assumptions are imposed by social and cultural ideas around gender.

Sanitary Panels is an ironic yet hard hitting series where social commentary masquerades as humour and makes us rethink many of our assumptions. This comic explores aspects of gender and technology including discrimination faced by women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and careers.

In this comic Sanitary Panels looks at the difference that women and men achievers face and what assumptions are imposed by social and cultural ideas around gender.

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[Review] Measuring the digital divide: Why we should be using a women-centered analysis

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 11:32

How do we measure the difference between access to the internet for men and women? It is without a doubt that such gender internet access gap indicators contribute to defining goals for international and country-level policies. But it is important for us to interrogate the role of indicators and measures in access related work and research. Nic Bidwell analyses the use of tools proposed to measure the gender digital gap.

[Review] Measuring the digital divide: Why we should be using a women-centered analysis

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 11:32
How do we measure the difference between access to the internet for men and women? It is without a doubt that such gender internet access gap indicators contribute to defining goals for international and country-level policies. But it is important for us to interrogate the role of indicators and measures in access related work and research. Nic Bidwell analyses the use of tools proposed to measure the gender digital gap.

Atlas showing internet penetration based on standard ping measurements. Original at Ripe Atlas

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[COLUMN] Gender and community networks: Busking in policy spaces

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 07:08
n this column on community networks and gender, the writers will explore how communities can provide and run their own internet infrastructure, the existing forms of community networks, the legal and policy environment in which they have to exist and what are the gender dynamics around these networks. Here we interview Steve Song about the policy and regulatory environment for community networks - whether this hinders or fosters their growth, and further the presence of women in these policy spaces.

Artwork by Flavia Fascendini

This column series begins with looking at community networks through the prism of community and gender. The first column sets up what is a community network and what is its "value" or importance in the current media and technology landscape, and the shifting importance of gender within this discourse.

Feminist talk Co-author:  namita

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