Take Back the Tech!

From the 1990s to today: The power of a movement
From the 1990s to today: The power of a movement 28 November 2017 Take Back the Tech!

25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and marks the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV). As Take Back the Tech! has launched a 16 Days campaign exploring the movement against GBV, it's important to consider how this movement began.

Revisit to resist: Histories of the movement to end gender-based violence
Revisit to resist: Histories of the movement to end gender-based violence 08 November 2017

Memory is resistance. When your story is silenced or challenged, remembering the truth is critical.  And when we document our experiences, we pass on the lessons we learned. For the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November-10 December), Take Back the Tech! wants to look back (and forward) at the movement to end gender-based violence – to digitise and preserve our memories and examine them for lessons we can use now and in the future.

All Women Count: Take Back the Tech!
All Women Count: Take Back the Tech! 04 September 2017

All Women Count: Take Back the Tech! is a four-year project from 2017 to 2020 being coordinated by APC’s Women's Rights Programme (WRP) under the All Women Count consortium. The consortium’s concern is violence against women, in particular violence experienced by women, girls and trans* people at risk. As such, the consortium will strengthen the ability of global South-based human righ...

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...

Did Facebook finally figure out that consent is more important than nipples?
Did Facebook finally figure out that consent is more important than nipples? 04 May 2017 Erika Smith in collaboration with Fungai Machirori

When you receive calls at all hours from women desperate to get intimate photos shared without consent taken offline, it's a relief to hear about Facebook's latest move to address the distribution of non-consensual intimate images. Finally! 

Women Human Rights Defenders condemn online threats against Bondita Acharya
Women Human Rights Defenders condemn online threats against Bondita Acharya 02 May 2017

As the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, we express our outrage at the vicious attacks directed against Bondita Acharya, the northeast India regional coordinator of Human Rights Defenders Alert and a member of the Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression network.

Deploying design thinking techniques to develop solutions for any given problem
Deploying design thinking techniques to develop solutions for any given problem 13 March 2017 Asad Baig, Media Matters for Democracy

Muavin is a concept developed by Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD); a digital tool to help push back on cyberbullying, harassment and online violence, especially targeted at vulnerable groups.

Women in tech: We want to share your stories!
Women in tech: We want to share your stories! 13 February 2017 TBTT

On 23 February tech companies and organisations will face a Distributed Denial of Women, a general strike to show how important women are to the tech industry. In support of this action, Take Back the Tech! wants to make sure the industry understands how to change the toxic culture that affects women and other marginalised people.

“Take Back the Tech! has always been a celebration of women and tech”
“Take Back the Tech! has always been a celebration of women and tech” 04 July 2016 Flavia Fascendini

The Take Back the Tech! campaign, along with Luchadoras and La Sandía Digital from Mexico, recently won the Womanity Award for the Prevention of Violence Against Women. Lulú Barrera and Erika Smith, from Luchadoras and APC respectively, shared with APCNews what is next, and what this recognition means in the context of TBTT’s 10th anniversary.