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EROTICS Global Survey 2017: Sexuality, rights and internet regulations
EROTICS Global Survey 2017: Sexuality, rights and internet regulations 19 December 2017 Mariana Palumbo and Del na Schenone Sienra

To assess the scope of this impact on sexual rights advocacy, the EROTICS team designed and applied a global survey with two primary objectives. One was to map how sexual rights activists (on a variety of issues and from different countries) use the internet to advance their work. The other objective was to document and provide insights on the types of risks, harassment, content regulation or censorship they deal with, and how they respond to them. That is, what gender and sexuality-related o...

EROTICS South Asia exploratory research: Sex, rights and the internet
EROTICS South Asia exploratory research: Sex, rights and the internet 19 December 2017 Bishakha Datta, Smita Vanniyar, Jasmine Lovely George, Neha Mathews, Rachel Bali, Zahra Adamjee Indu Nepal, Jyotsna Maskay, Shiwa Karmacharya, Shaun Kirven, P.M. Deshapriya, J.M. Mendis Shermal Wijewardene, Subha Wijesiriwardena, and hvale vale

EROTICS is an exploration of the internet and its multi-layered relationship with sexuality, rights and sexual expression, and is a space/place of practices and a network of people which started in 2008. Its purpose was and is to look into the obscure, the unexpected and the obvious. EROTICS in its second iteration, first of all, included two new countries: Nepal and Sri Lanka, and these form an important baseline from South Asia that looks at internet-related challenges and opportunities exp...

"We cannot be what we cannot see": GenderIT.org maps gaps in research in gender and information society
"We cannot be what we cannot see": GenderIT.org maps gaps in research in gender and information society 11 September 2017

The articles in this bilingual edition point to how visibility, a complicated phenomenon in itself, is the starting point of a different way of being, and how the stories we tell – entangled in the fine wires of technology – are necessary and essential, and could be the foundations for the movement for change.

Statement on Facebook's internal guidelines for content moderation
Statement on Facebook's internal guidelines for content moderation 11 August 2017 APC and others

In late May the Guardian released the Facebook Files, leaked internal documents revealing how the company moderates content. Although Facebook has made some improvements, these documents confirm that it's often one step forward, one step back, as the platform continues to censor women's agency, especially women of colour and especially in relation to activism, while letting harassment flou...

Access and beyond: Gendered barriers to internet use
Access and beyond: Gendered barriers to internet use 17 July 2017 Chenai Chair

Connecting the next billion, is rightly so, an important issue in ensuring everyone has the choice to access the internet. Women, and in particular those with low levels of income and education, are more likely to be the unconnected. However, gaining access is one thing, but what are the challenges that limit men and women’s experience of the internet and present a barrier to access? In this ...

How women in the global South are reclaiming social media to promote body positivity
How women in the global South are reclaiming social media to promote body positivity 11 July 2017 Samukelisiwe Mabaso

In this column I am going to explore how women in the global South are reclaiming social media to promote body-positivity. For the purpose of this discussion, I have chosen to focus on social media accounts that show positive, realistic images of varied black and brown women.

Framing access and power at Stockholm Internet Forum 2017
Framing access and power at Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 22 June 2017 Rafia Shaikh

The focus on this year’s SIF was around the critical issues of access and power. When talking about access and power, the discussion naturally comes to why there aren’t as many women in online spaces even after years of civil society’s hard work.

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?

How women in the global South are reclaiming social media to combat femicide
How women in the global South are reclaiming social media to combat femicide 08 June 2017 Samukelisiwe Mabaso

In May 2017, countless South African women took to Twitter and Facebook to share their experiences of abuse under the hashtag #MenAreTrash. The outpour of tweets and Facebook posts was sparked by the murder of Karabo Mokoena, a 22-year-old woman who was allegedly killed and burned by her boyfriend.

Tackling the gender digital divide in Africa
Tackling the gender digital divide in Africa 01 June 2017 Koliwe Majama

The emergence of the internet is touted as an opportunity for women in Africa to "play catch up" after years of being "left out". But what are African women’s realities and to what extent can the internet be made accessible to them and have meaningful impact in their lives?