Take Back the Tech!

Making a feminist internet with the APC community in 2018: Raising awareness, strengthening networks and building capacity through workshops, research and advocacy
Making a feminist internet with the APC community in 2018: Raising awareness, strengthening networks and building capacity through workshops, research and advocacy 13 June 2019 Gabrielle Willms

Fighting for a free and open internet for all involves recognising the many ways that online access and experience are affected by identity and social position. This understanding has not only informed but motivated the work of APC and its community throughout our existence. Our projects always seek, in one way or another, to level the digital playing field. One of the most significant factors impacting digital access and use is gender: worldwide, women are significantly less likely than men ...

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: How can we effectively campaign for freedom of expression?
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: How can we effectively campaign for freedom of expression? 07 May 2019 APCNews

Freedom of expression and freedom of the press are key issues in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. However, media organisations do not always cover the Agenda and the numerous initiatives behind it, which leaves them unknown to the greater public. How can we bridge these gaps between key human rights initiatives and the wider public, with the help of the media? To address this, APC participated in a session at the Global Festival of Action in Bonn, Germany, an annual...

Conversations with campaigners: Looking back at 2018’s Take Back the Tech!
Conversations with campaigners: Looking back at 2018’s Take Back the Tech! 19 February 2019 APCNews

Each year, Take Back the Tech! brings together activists and organisations from around the world for 16 days to discuss, raise awareness and develop strategies to address the issue of online gender-based violence (GBV). The campaign aims to empower women and girls to take control of technology, advance the conversation around digital rights and risks, and connect and strengthen the global commu...

What is a feminist approach to research and documentation of online gender-based violence?
What is a feminist approach to research and documentation of online gender-based violence? 19 February 2019 Seyi Akiwowo, executive director of Glitch, for Take Back the Tech!

As we embark on a new year of #metoo and other forms of powerful testimonial movements such as #survivingRKelly, the wisdom shared in January’s Take Back the Tech! webinar was an important learning opportunity and reminder of how we can contribute to collective wellbeing and care in our movement. Take Back the Tech! kicked off the New Year with a Reboot Webinar on documentation and reporting ...

Localising the Feminist Principles of the Internet in the Philippines with the Foundation for Media Alternatives
Localising the Feminist Principles of the Internet in the Philippines with the Foundation for Media Alternatives 18 February 2019 Take Back the Tech!

For this year’s Take Back the Tech!, Philippines-based APC member Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) spotlighted the work of local activists on social media, ran workshops with university students and participated in a radio show, among other activities, to bring attention to the problem of online gender-based violence (GBV). FMA shared  some campaign highlights with ...

Raising youth awareness and seeking support for “policies that favour a feminist internet”: Taking back the tech with CITAD
Raising youth awareness and seeking support for “policies that favour a feminist internet”: Taking back the tech with CITAD 18 February 2019 Take Back the Tech!

Nigeria-based Take Back the Tech! campaigner Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) organised a number of activities, both online and offline, for the latest campaign, including workshops for young women in secondary schools and radio and television segments on digital rights and risks online. They even developed a lexicon for online gender-based violence. We caught up with C...

The ABC of taking back the tech: Colnodo's 16 days of activism
The ABC of taking back the tech: Colnodo's 16 days of activism 09 January 2019 Take Back the Tech

This year, Colnodo put together an action-packed 16-day campaign for Take Back the Tech! (TBTT), featuring everything from e-books to podcasts to human rights workshops. We spoke with Canadian intern Catherine Joubert, who was heavily involved in planning and executing Colnodo’s TBTT campaign, about the highlights of the initiative and how Colnodo aims to grow and develop in terms of educatin...

16 voices for 16 days: One World Platform takes back the tech!
16 voices for 16 days: One World Platform takes back the tech! 07 January 2019 Take Back the Tech!

During the 16 days of Take Back the Tech, APC members from around the world raise awareness and build understanding around online gender-based violence (GBV) through various projects specific to their local contexts. We had a chance to catch up with one of these organisations, One World Platform (OWP), based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, whose campaign this year highlighted the concerns, ideas and...

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!

Take Back the Tech! Magic formulas: Feminist strategies against online gender-based violence
Take Back the Tech! Magic formulas: Feminist strategies against online gender-based violence 01 November 2018 Take Back the Tech

Start with survivors and activists. Stir in technologists, digital security trainers, designers, artists, filmmakers and writers. Add a healthy dose of feminism. Go ahead and add an extra spoonful! Cook until you can’t wait any longer. Your anti-GBV movement is ready! Get it while it’s hot! Campaigners in the Take Back the Tech! network blend their skills, talents and knowledge into change-...

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