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What does it mean to rise to attention briefly because of violence, harassment, dispossession and precarity, only to be replaced the next day by the next trending hashtag? This article explores the limits of straight discourse online and the convenient elision of queer accounts and issues.
In this last week there has been an uproar in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people in Ethiopia, and also a backlash of online threats, harassment and violence.
In numerous countries and at the international level, there is a vicious and concerted attempt to dilute the language around gender in policy and UN mechanisms, which targets any gains in gender equality and advocates exclusion of LGBTIQ people and restrictions on sexual and reproductive rights.
The rollout of the Huduma number is taking place all over Kenya. This piece traces the experience of one young woman, Nyangi, as she tries to get a card, and more broadly the problems and hurdles posed by the system of digital identity.
As an internet rights activist based in the global South, I often find myself musing over whether access to a safe, free and open internet is possible. This is why, for me, the highlight of the Stockholm Internet Forum this year was the focus on the status of democracy in a digital era.
TikTok is a wildly popular short video platform and has led to myriad forms of creative and playful expressions. This piece explores videos from Sri Lanka in relation to heteronormativity, gender, and how the boundaries between the personal and public are blurred.
Over 200 delegates from across Africa and the world attended the 2019 edition of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum hosted by Paradigm Initiative in Lagos, Nigeria, where sessions focused on securing human rights in the digital age and expanding digital access to marginalised populations.
The Call is a collaboration with the French government and a global call to a meeting in Paris on 15 May, which seeks to "bring together countries and tech companies in an attempt to bring to an end the ability to use social media to organise and promote terrorism and violent extremism."