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V for Vale: 10 year journey of TBTT! campaign in Bosnia and Herzegovina
V for Vale: 10 year journey of TBTT! campaign in Bosnia and Herzegovina 13 January 2017 Lamia Kosovic

Initiated in 2006, the campaign Take Back the Tech! in Bosnia and Herzegovina has greatly contributed to raising awareness of how ICTs are connected to violence against women, and it has strengthened the ICT capacity of women’s rights advocates, while creating original and varied content. At the same time, BiH Take Back the Tech! and their campaigners have worked actively on building a community to strategize around eliminating violence against women through digital platforms. This year, al...

Trafficking in women: Female objectification
Trafficking in women: Female objectification 13 January 2017 Vera Vieira

96% of people interviewed in an unprecedented national survey believe that women are being trafficked in Brazil, and 82% estimate that it takes place in their own town. These results dismiss the prevailing belief that human trafficking is an urban legend or a fictional subject from a famous Brazilian soap opera. Another significant result is the fact that 16% of people interviewed claim to know women who are victims of trafficking, and the same percentage applies to recruitment via social net...

[READING LIST] Gender, Race, Sexuality and Surveillance
[READING LIST] Gender, Race, Sexuality and Surveillance 13 January 2017 Dr. Nicole Shephard

This reading list provides an overview of recent books, articles and sources across the internet for those interested in learning more about how race, gender, and sexuality relate to surveillance. Far from comprehensive, it offers a starting point to explore how an intersectional lens and feminist attention to state, corporate, and peer surveillance practices and their differential effects on m...

Finding solutions: Using ICTs to face the climate emergency
Finding solutions: Using ICTs to face the climate emergency 13 January 2017 Sonia Randhawa

Daily reports keep coming out about the myriad ways in which our planet is changing. We are rapidly approaching the cap of 1.5 degrees Celsius agreed as the upper acceptable limit of global warming at the Paris talks in 2015. And the talks in Marrakesh that ended in November 2016 show that these trends are likely to worsen, even if all pledges are met. However, with the governments of the world...

The (mobile) games women play
The (mobile) games women play 13 January 2017 Neha Mathews

This piece was originally published by Deep Dives as part of the series Sexing the Interwebs While I was growing up in the sleepy town of Pune, many teenage girls made the most of their first cell phones by sending coy, flirty texts to their boyfriends and making plans about which Café Coffee Day to hang out at after school. Those blessed with early smartphones also had the privilege of upload...

It's 2016 and Facebook is still terrified of women's nipples
It's 2016 and Facebook is still terrified of women's nipples 13 January 2017 Japleen

Time and again, Facebook proves to be that Uncle who keeps telling you your skirt is too short, but keeps a stack of highly sexualized and objectifying images of women in his folder. Facebook and I have had a difficult relationship when it came to women’s bodies, especially their breasts and nipples. The first time I was banned from Facebook for 24 hours was for posting this (below) beautiful...

Economic, social and cultural rights and the internet: The feminist take
Economic, social and cultural rights and the internet: The feminist take 14 December 2016

Does the internet make the realisation of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRS) a stronger possibility, especially for women and gender nonconforming people? This is the question that our edition on ESCRs and the internet seeks to answer. The Global Information Society Watch report on ESCRs looks at various contexts around the world to explore how the internet has acted largely as an ena...

ESC rights, gender and internet: Learnings from the GISWatch report
ESC rights, gender and internet: Learnings from the GISWatch report 09 December 2016

Image depicts China’s popular vlogger Papi Jiang The Global Information Society Watch report last year (GISWatch) dealt explicitly with internet and sexual rights, and this year the report examines the link between economic, social, cultural (ESC) rights and the internet. ESC rights are fundamental to movements that deal with gender – it is women, trans and gender n...

Big data and sexual surveillance
Big data and sexual surveillance 09 December 2016 Nicole Shephard

Surveillance has historically functioned as an oppressive tool to control women’s bodies and is closely related to colonial modes of managing populations. Big data, metadata and the technologies used to collect, store and analyse them are by no means neutral, but come with their own exclusions and biases. This paper highlights the gendered and racialised effects of data practices; outlines th...

Digital Storytelling: All our stories are true and they are ours!
Digital Storytelling: All our stories are true and they are ours! 28 November 2016 APC

Take Back the Tech! campaigners share stories by drawing comics, penning poems, designing graphics, writing blog posts, recording audio, tweeting on hashtags and more. Videos, of course, are popular for storytelling, but how can we approach video-making in a way that ensures our narratives remain our own? At APC we use digital storytelling, where the storyteller has control over all aspects of ...

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