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Talking community networks at AfChix TechWomen Summit 2018
Talking community networks at AfChix TechWomen Summit 2018 12 June 2018 Kazanka Comfort for GenderIT.org

For a one-day event, AfChix 2018 was well attended and really packed full of exciting activities. Among the notable participants were undergraduates from the University of Technology, Dakar. The presence of these young women at this high-profile ICT event for women was a reassuring sign that the future of AfChix is secured. The importance of the event was also underscored by the fact this was the first time the Africa Internet Summit (AIS) was dedicating a day to African women in ICTs. Khoudi...

Executive summary: Mapping research in gender and digital technology
Executive summary: Mapping research in gender and digital technology 08 June 2018 Namita Aavriti

Technology, by the wider internet rights and research community, is assumed to be a neutral tool, especially of development. The emerging sub-field of research around gender and digital technology is united in its understanding that gender biases and stereotypes are embedded in technology, and that this reproduces the existing problems around gender parity, gender-based violence, discrimination and exclusion on the internet. It is largely because of this that the notion of a feminist internet...

Decolonising the internet: Second International Cyberfeminist Meeting
Decolonising the internet: Second International Cyberfeminist Meeting 15 May 2018 Second Cyberfeminist International

The Second Cyberfeminist International: Decolonising the Internet took place on 15 March 2018, during the 13th edition of the World Social Forum held in Salvador, Brazil on 13-17 March. The aim of the event was to bring together feminist and women's movement leaders who use the internet as a political and communications tool in their activism, in order for them to share their experien...

Swipe me left, I'm Dalit
Swipe me left, I'm Dalit 16 April 2018 Christina Thomas Dhanaraj

Everything from knowledge to housing to career is determined by one’s social location. And so are relationships. We are familiar with the stats from 2014 on OkCupid, which showed that black women were the least desirable group (Asian men were rated lowest by single women). Closer to home, there is no survey to justify a similar situation for Dalit women, for the simple reason that no one has ...

Making privacy a constitutional right: Interview with Y. K. Chang
Making privacy a constitutional right: Interview with Y. K. Chang 02 April 2018 Namita Aavriti

Interview with Y. K. Chang, who has recently been appointed as a Personal Information Protection Commissioner in South Korea – one of the first few women from civil society to reach this position within government in the country and possibly the region. GenderIT.org interviewed her on her journey, her ambitions for her new position and what she sees as the grave problems regarding privacy and...

How young womxn in the global South are reclaiming social media to foster change in educational spaces
How young womxn in the global South are reclaiming social media to foster change in educational spaces 19 March 2018 Samukelisiwe Mabaso

In my previous columns I’ve discussed how women in the Global South are reclaiming social media to shine the spotlight on disability, celebrate being queer, promote body positivity, and combat femicide. In my final column for this series I’m going to look at how young womxn are using social media to foster change in educational spaces. There are several ways that feminists can make social m...

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

The EROTICS project looks at the impact of regulatory frameworks and control mechanisms on the actual lived practices, experiences and concerns of internet users in the exercise of their sexual rights. At its seminal stage, five case studies showed that while increasing online activity exposes users to certain risks and threats, individuals and collectives are successful in developing means of ...

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. The internet is a fast-paced world, known for accelerations but also broken links, unfinished architectures, tru...

Online gender-based violence: A submission from the Association for Progressive Communications to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
Online gender-based violence: A submission from the Association for Progressive Communications to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences 20 November 2017 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications’ Women’s Rights Programme (APC WRP) has worked to render visible the impact of online gender-based violence (GBV) on women’s rights for more than a decade. We have worked with women's organisations and advocates to identify, monitor, analyse and combat uses of the internet and digital technologies that are harmful to women and marginalised co...

"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. The title of this edition – "We cannot be what we cannot see" is taken from Ker...

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