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The nerdiest and most open of them all: Internet Freedom Festival 2017
The nerdiest and most open of them all: Internet Freedom Festival 2017 07 April 2017 Smita for GenderIT.org

When once I registered for the 2017 Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia, I was added to a mailing list which had a constant flow of information on the festival and the activities related to it. Even before the schedule came out, the festival sounded fascinating, and distinctly different from other conferences, both national and international, which I have attended as of now. The board was diverse, the language was not uber formal and there was a constant chatter about glitter, which intrigu...

Feminist autonomous infrastructure: Technomagical fires to warm your hearts
Feminist autonomous infrastructure: Technomagical fires to warm your hearts 02 April 2017 Jac sm Kee

At the Internet Freedom Festival, Jac sm Kee interviewed four amazing feminists from Latin America: Carla from Brazil, a volunteer at Marialab and Vedetas; Geisa Santos from Periféricas; Fernanda, also with Marialab and Vedetas; and Nadege, located between Spain and Mexico, and part of Kéfir. They had organised a session at the Internet Freedom Festival titled Gender Inclusive: From the ground to the cloud. In this podcast, Carla, Geisa, Fernanda, Nadege and Jac talk about feminist autonomo...

Chelsea Manning and other political prisoners: Report from Internet Freedom Festival
Chelsea Manning and other political prisoners: Report from Internet Freedom Festival 02 April 2017 Mallory Knodel

For International Women’s Day, some human rights and technology groups threw a benefit party for Chelsea Manning in Valencia, Spain as part of the annual Internet Freedom Festival. Chelsea Manning is an important activist in internet freedom for using the online platform Wikileaks to inform the world about classified US documents revealing corruption and civilian casualties. She was recently ...

Internet use barriers and user strategies: Perspectives from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Rwanda
Internet use barriers and user strategies: Perspectives from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Rwanda 02 April 2017 Chenai Chair

OTT services have become the main entry point to the internet for most users in the prepaid mobile environment that characterises most African markets. To entice price-sensitive users and to encourage new internet users, the availability of subsidised data – whether discounted or free – prompts questions of how internet access and use are affected. Does it enable access to the internet...

Giving my spirit voice: Interview with Helen Nyinakiiza
Giving my spirit voice: Interview with Helen Nyinakiiza 17 March 2017

After a series of missed messages and calls, two individuals - neither located in the "global North" - found their way around ticking time zones to finally speak to each other. We had to drop trying to coordinate via UTC (Universal Time Converter which is basically the time in UK) and I had to learn what is EAT - East Africa Time, and Helen Nyinakiiza had to learn about Indian Standar...

A woman coder's journey (Women-in-tech)
A woman coder's journey (Women-in-tech) 16 March 2017 GenderIT.org

Judith Owigar is a coder, a blogger and a tech enthusiast. She has worked with Akirachix, a revolution for African women and technology. She is a native of Kenya, a country off the coast of East Africa, one of its 40 million inhabitants. Read the full interview in GenderIT.org.

Cybersecurity policies and human rights perspectives at the Internet Freedom Festival
Cybersecurity policies and human rights perspectives at the Internet Freedom Festival 08 March 2017 Leila Nachawati Rego

The Internet Freedom Festival, which takes place in Valencia, Spain on a yearly basis, has become one of the main events for civil society to gather around issues of surveillance, censorship and circumvention worldwide. Hundreds of activists, journalists and members of the technical community get together to explore trends, challenges and strategies. At this 2017 edition, APC is fully supporti...

What is sexual surveillance and why does it matter
What is sexual surveillance and why does it matter 06 March 2017 Dr. Nicole Shephard for GenderIT.org

Sexual surveillance, you may have guessed, cannot simply be reduced to a distinct instance where x happens to y (e.g. where men surveil women). Instead, we can think of the expression “sexual surveillance” as a shorthand to talk about an assemblage of several interdependent gendered, sexualised, and racialised modes and effects of surveillance. And suddenly, the last question becomes the mo...

New GenderIT.org edition: Gender, Labour, Technology
New GenderIT.org edition: Gender, Labour, Technology 01 March 2017 GenderIT.org

This edition on gender, labour and technology examines how gendered labour is embedded in the making of digital devices in the hardware industries spread across Asia, how inequities of gender and other dynamics of caste, race and ethnicity continue to play a role in allegedly emancipated corporate spaces across the globe, and the disturbing strands of gendered labour of volunteering and managin...

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...

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