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Five tips for a successful edit-a-thon on gender
Five tips for a successful edit-a-thon on gender 21 December 2018 Rohini Lakshan​​é for GenderIT.org

For those with access to the internet, Wikipedia is the benchmark of common knowledge. The processes of knowledge production are inevitably fraught with imbalances of power: Who gets to write and gets written about? Who gets to speak and who among them is heard? What gets illuminated as authoritative and credible knowledge; what gets dismissed as unverifiable or insignificant? Who gets erased from collective human memory or is represented only through one-sided versions? Take, for example, a ...

Queerness and privacy [1]: Baby I love It when you never hold back from me
Queerness and privacy [1]: Baby I love It when you never hold back from me 18 December 2018 Joshua Muyiwa

It isn’t the legal definition of privacy that has ever bothered me as a black queer femme man, it has always just been the public practice of it with regards to me and my community. From a time that I can remember, very little of anything has remained exclusively mine. I’m that little kid that went around showing everyone the green mucus on their handkerchief. I knew that it wasn't something fun, I’ve grasped the seriousness of the (t)issue at hand but showing even this muck from out of...

5 thoughts on online content moderation from an insider
5 thoughts on online content moderation from an insider 21 November 2018 Nada for GenderIT.org

For the last few years, I’ve worked in different corners of what can be generally be dubbed as the content moderation industry. First as a contractor, then as an employee for well-known social media platforms, where day-to-day work is intimately linked to crucial social outcomes in different parts of the world. The decisions made in that industry can decide what counts as a real identity, the...

Online abuse: A monster that silences and curtails women's rights online
Online abuse: A monster that silences and curtails women's rights online 20 November 2018 Doreen Raheena Sulleyman for GenderIT.org

The new freedom of expression brought by the internet goes far beyond politics. People relate to each other in new ways on a medium that offers the cover of anonymity but also deception. However, information technology and the internet are rapidly transforming almost every aspect of our lives - some for better, while others for worse. Ghana has in recent years been celebrated for achieving a nu...

Meltdown of protections for data and privacy in Tanzania for LGBTQIA and others
Meltdown of protections for data and privacy in Tanzania for LGBTQIA and others 15 November 2018 Rebecca Ryakitimbo for GenderIT.org

Data and privacy are especially important in the context of the anti-gay clampdown in Tanzania. Currently, the digital world and the governments of most countries are setting up measures to ensure data is protected while most African countries are still at the stage that views the internet as a revolutionary weapon. In relation to gender as well, there are policies yet to be implemented, polici...

13 manifestations of gender-based violence using technology
13 manifestations of gender-based violence using technology 15 November 2018 Take Back the Tech!, Luchadoras and SocialTIC

APC's Take Back the Tech! project worked closely with Luchadoras and SocialTIC, campaigners in Mexico, to develop an illustrated list of manifestations of online gender-based violence based on case documentation. You can access it at the GenderIT.org website here. Use it in your work and activism, and please share it widely!

Does urban youth know what to do about cyberharassment?: Research in Bangladesh
Does urban youth know what to do about cyberharassment?: Research in Bangladesh 15 November 2018 Anushka Zafar for GenderIT.org

Growing up in Bangladesh, I experienced my first “wrong-number” phone call when I was 10 years old, during the time of landlines, before we had mobiles or smartphones. Wrong-number calls would usually be initiated by young men who would dial a random number until they heard a young woman answer. Then they would try to strike up a conversation by asking the recipient a barrage of questions a...

FIRN: Feminist Internet Research Network
FIRN: Feminist Internet Research Network 15 November 2018

  The Feminist Internet Research Network is a three-and-a-half-year collaborative and multidisciplinary research project led by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).   The project draws on the study “Mapping research in gender and digital technology” carried out by APC and commissioned by IDRC, an...

What can Ghana do about the harassment faced by women online?
What can Ghana do about the harassment faced by women online? 08 November 2018 Theorose Dzineku for GenderIT.org

Since its introduction in Ghana in 1993, the internet has provided numerous opportunities to Ghanaians, including the ability to create networks, share information, as well as communicate. Today, Ghana boasts about 10 million internet users and ranks 28th out of 55 countries on the continent in terms of internet penetration. Despite the many advantages the internet has brought to the citizenry,...

The battle for sex worker's rights online: Proposed SESTA-FOSTA law in USA
The battle for sex worker's rights online: Proposed SESTA-FOSTA law in USA 01 November 2018 Azia Keever for GenderIT.org

An unexpected duo, tech bros and sex workers, banded together in February in opposition to two bills meant to curb online sex trafficking. Despite their efforts, the bills, Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), were incorporated into a conglomeration of the two, called the FOSTA-SESTA package. With a bipartisan approv...

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