Feminist Principles of the Internet

The internet of memory: Encouraging more women to find their “J” spot. The journey continues
The internet of memory: Encouraging more women to find their “J” spot. The journey continues 22 June 2017 Jennifer Radloff

The next step on the road from Huairou to New York (the first leg of the journey was described in our last installment) was via Seoul in September 1999 for a meeting of women’s media, communications and information groups, at Sookmyung University. The occasion, the Global Women’s Electronic Networking Training (GWENT). This convening launched WomenAction, a global network and campaign of women’s rights and media activists aiming to build the network through training, skills sharing, str...

Access and beyond: Navigating mobile costs in communication
Access and beyond: Navigating mobile costs in communication 16 June 2017 Chenai Chair

The African market is flooded with zero rating services such as Free Basics (Facebook’s zero rating scheme) and other subsidised data strategies. Do these schemes make internet more affordable and bring access to more people in Africa? The main plus for Free Basics has been that it provides free watered down internet access to those who don't usually have that kind of access, even to selected sites and to social media. In this column I will examine if this is seen as a major data saving str...

Point of View wins Laadli Media Award: “An encouragement to keep fighting for gender equality”
Point of View wins Laadli Media Award: “An encouragement to keep fighting for gender equality” 14 June 2017

The first sex-ed query I Googled is how many holes do women have,” says Noopur, who was in her seventh standard at the time.  APC member in India Point of View is this year’s winner of the South Asian Laadli Media Award for its Deep Dives project, a digital imprint specialising in in-depth storytelling. The award, launched in 2007, celebrates gender-sensitive journalism and the promot...

IGF Best Practice Forum on Gender and access (2016): Overcoming barriers to enable women's meaningful internet access
IGF Best Practice Forum on Gender and access (2016): Overcoming barriers to enable women's meaningful internet access 14 June 2017

"I had this idea that being techie was a guy’s thing, so now I'm not sure if not being interested enough on classes as physics or chemistry was an election or a cultural imposition."Francesca Arrocha (Panamá) This is the final output resource produced by a community of participants in IGF best practice forum (BPF) on gender and access in 2016. This is also the second resource produ...

The internet of memory: First we’ll take Huairou and then we’ll take New York. Hacking the UN to code technology and women’s rights into the system
The internet of memory: First we’ll take Huairou and then we’ll take New York. Hacking the UN to code technology and women’s rights into the system 06 June 2017 Jennifer Radloff

Despite many obstacles, the Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) team who wired the Beijing process was instrumental in transforming women’s activism and networking across the globe. Women’s global networking will never be the same! The road from Huairou to New York from 1995 to 2017 taken by the Association for Progressive Communicati...

A history of feminist engagement with development and digital technologies
A history of feminist engagement with development and digital technologies 29 May 2017 Anita Gurumurthy

As the warp and weft of all social systems change with the indelible mark of the internet and digital technologies, there is a destabilisation of norms and rules. This is true for national and global institutions – from trade, commerce, financial markets, work arrangements, etc. to social and cultural arenas of communication, media and knowledge. The flux we are witness to can be harnessed by...

Sexual expression: Breaking down the barriers
Sexual expression: Breaking down the barriers 01 March 2017 Ess

This piece was motivated by an amazing session on Sex and Freedom of Expression Online (transcript and video) at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum. I wrote this immediately afterwards but as with most controversial subjects, I dilly-dallied on whether or not to publish. However, thanks to the insistence of the best friend and an amazing young woman in tech who I had review this for me, I becam...

Reshaping the internet for women
Reshaping the internet for women 09 January 2017 Flavia Fascendini

A conversation with Wikimujeres on how to [edit] the internet to make it truly for, and from, us all During the AWID International Forum in September, the Feminist Exchange Hub hosted the Wikimujeres delegation who provided several spaces around the Whose Knowledge? global campaign, aimed at making the internet truly for, and from, us all. Flavia Fascendini, from APCNews, had the chance to part...

ARROW for Change: Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and the Internet
ARROW for Change: Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and the Internet 07 December 2016 The Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women in collaboration with Tactical Technology Collective

What are the relationships and interdependencies influencing the promises of being online: voice, visibility, and power? This ARROW for Change (AFC) issue on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and the internet documents some of these dynamics. Information technologies are now part of the chemistry of activism. The struggle for digital sovereignty and freedoms online are not necess...

APC's Jac sm Kee awarded the 2016 Stieg Larsson Prize
APC's Jac sm Kee awarded the 2016 Stieg Larsson Prize 19 October 2016 APC

The 2016 Stieg Larsson Prize is awarded to the Malaysian feminist activist, poet and writer Jac sm Kee, for her struggle for women’s right to a free online environment and for an open and equal information society based on the potential of the internet. In the words of the Stieg Larsson Prize jury, “Jac sm Kee is a pioneer in the fight for gender equality. Through her groundbreaking work fo...

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