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Are we any better at judging right from wrong? Automation in content moderation
Are we any better at judging right from wrong? Automation in content moderation 01 October 2019 Namita

Content moderation online is currently done by most social media companies through a mix of automation (or what is sometimes referred to as artificial intelligence or AI) and human moderators. Automation deals effectively with certain kinds of content such as sexually explicit images, child pornography, terrorism-related content – but it is not a foolproof system. Here human intervention and oversight are needed, especially when it comes to the meaning of what is being said in comments or c...

"All that you walk on to get there": New GenderIT.org edition shares feminist reflections on methodology, ethics and access in research
"All that you walk on to get there": New GenderIT.org edition shares feminist reflections on methodology, ethics and access in research 02 September 2019

Research and knowledge has long been based on a hierarchical and fraught dynamic between the researcher and researched, the objective academic and the "subject". Feminist ways of knowing, standpoint theory and participatory methodology are some of the tools that seek to destabilise and upset this equation and produce in its place the possibility of co-creating knowledge and technology together.  This edition of GenderIT.org is a collection of analytical essays and reflexive writings on f...

Kondoa Community Network: Breaking gender digital divides
Kondoa Community Network: Breaking gender digital divides 21 August 2019 Rebecca Ryakitimbo for GenderIT.org

With growing populations, decentralisation of opportunities is important, and the internet is a crucial way to achieve it for both urban and rural communities. In order to bridge the digital divide(s), gender should be at the core of the development circle to ensure equal access to services and opportunities. In Tanzania, slightly over 23 million people are internet users, which is an internet ...

A response to "The age of the feminist influencer"
A response to "The age of the feminist influencer" 16 August 2019 Sheena Magenya for GenderIT.org

Social media feminist influencers play an important role in reminding us offline and institutionalised feminists that the "who" in feminist movement building matters less than the "how". If there is something that we all have to admit, it is the fact that we have always had influencers. Less than 10 years ago we had political, ideological and yes, feminist influencers who too had followers; on ...

Non-consensual dissemination of intimate images and unfair laws: Ugandan women caught in between
Non-consensual dissemination of intimate images and unfair laws: Ugandan women caught in between 30 July 2019 Nyamishana Prudence

Non-consensual dissemination of intimate images is quickly becoming one of the major challenges that women in Uganda online have to overcome. The women that are targeted are women of influence  – musicians, models, journalists, bloggers and women with online influence. Women in Uganda find themselves in a position where they have nowhere to turn; they are caught between a rock and a hard...

Visibility and secrecy: Data protection, privacy and gender in Pakistan
Visibility and secrecy: Data protection, privacy and gender in Pakistan 18 July 2019 Bianca Baldo for GenderIT.org

Does technological progress support or hinder the human rights of women and gender diverse people? And what about their privacy rights? On the one hand, the right to privacy protects online spaces where people can securely navigate their sexual and gender identity. Yet, on the other hand, privacy has historically been considered a tool to control sexuality and gender identities by patriarc...

Let's go beyond ticking boxes: New GenderIT.org edition explores gender and sexuality in internet policy
Let's go beyond ticking boxes: New GenderIT.org edition explores gender and sexuality in internet policy 03 July 2019 GenderIT.org

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and others (LGBTIQ+) people across the world face varying levels of discrimination, exclusion, precarity, violence and phobia. Our difference seems to cancel out the possibility of empathy. But while there is the growing anti-gender backlash in Eastern Europe, Latin America and other parts of the world, there is also amazing strength of ne...

“It made me despise the world of technology”: Interview with Iranian queer feminist Shadi Amin
“It made me despise the world of technology”: Interview with Iranian queer feminist Shadi Amin 20 June 2019 Shreya Ila Anasuya for GenderIT.org

In June 2015, an organised online defamation campaign began against Iranian queer feminist and writer Shadi Amin. A website claimed that Amin had perpetrated rape, abuse, bullying and money laundering. The website was accompanied by a Facebook page, a Twitter account and an Instagram account, all of which replicated its claims that Amin was guilty of “documented cases of verbal, physical and ...

“Our Constitution is strong”: Straight digital discourse and disremembered queer accounts
“Our Constitution is strong”: Straight digital discourse and disremembered queer accounts 20 June 2019 Mumbi Kanyogo for GenderIT.org

A brief observation of the analytical frameworks used by a great number of Kenyan social media users around the controversy surrounding the release of the Kenyan film Rafiki may make you more familiar with the rubrics of “artistic freedom” and “freedom of speech” than those of “queerness” and “precariousness”  (here “queerness” accounts for those Kenyans who live outsid...

Why is it good that Ethiopians are debating homosexuality?
Why is it good that Ethiopians are debating homosexuality? 19 June 2019 GenderIT.org

It is awfully painful to read online trolling, threats, hateful and dehumanising comments, and insults on Twitter against the queer Ethiopian community. Yet, I can’t help feeling that there are opportunities that arise from the explosion of support in spite of the extreme hatred on social media platforms. It started when religious groups, particularly the Ethiopian Orthodox church, protested ...

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