Strategic use of the internet

"We cannot be what we cannot see": GenderIT.org maps gaps in research in gender and information society
"We cannot be what we cannot see": GenderIT.org maps gaps in research in gender and information society 11 September 2017

The articles in this bilingual edition point to how visibility, a complicated phenomenon in itself, is the starting point of a different way of being, and how the stories we tell – entangled in the fine wires of technology – are necessary and essential, and could be the foundations for the movement for change. The title of this edition – "We cannot be what we cannot see" is taken from Kerieva McCormick's moving exploration of how young Roma women and girls deal with, understand, and tal...

Kano Digital Summer Institute trainees urged to utilize acquired skills, receive certificates
Kano Digital Summer Institute trainees urged to utilize acquired skills, receive certificates 25 July 2017

The week long Kano Digital Summer Institute (KDSI) for young women has successfully come to an end with a closing ceremony where the instructors, organizers, associates, trainees, their relations, other stakeholders and the media were present. The summer training has introduced the young women trainees into various important ICT skills aimed at serving as empowerment mechanism to the young ladies. Skills acquired by the trainees during the summer included mobile apps, photography, film and vi...

Fundraising campaign: Feminist Infrastructure in Latin America
Fundraising campaign: Feminist Infrastructure in Latin America 10 July 2017

Update: We are extending the fundraiser until 6 August 2017!. We are under chronic and severe surveillance, activism is criminalised, our digital commons are privatised and violence online is normalised. To build autonomous and resilient networks is, more than ever, vital and necessary. In Latin America, abortion access is both elemental and high risk. Online and offline, abortion collectives...

Access and beyond: Motivations for internet use
Access and beyond: Motivations for internet use 12 May 2017 Chenai Chair

Do you remember why you went online for the first time in your life? This is my favourite question that you may not have yet thought about – but it reflects the starting point in becoming a netizen. This is the second in the series of columns on Access and Beyond that chronicles the research conducted by Research ICT Africa in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and Nigeria. In this column ...

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...

APC at the Internet Freedom Festival 2017
APC at the Internet Freedom Festival 2017 04 March 2017

The Internet Freedom Festival (IFF), 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&nb...

Happening soon! Global South Mixer Party in Valencia
Happening soon! Global South Mixer Party in Valencia 03 March 2017

The Association for Progressive Communications and Derechos Digitales are delighted to invite organisations from the global South to participate in the Global South Mixer Party, to take place at the Internet Freedom Festival 2017 in Valencia, Spain, on Thursday 9 March at 19:30 in Patio Naranjos. We want to offer a space for exchange and interaction between actors from the global South. Ar...

SMEX: Advancing self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa
SMEX: Advancing self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa 31 January 2017 APC

Social Media Exchange (SMEX) is a registered Lebanese NGO that works to advance self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). While they engage globally, Lebanon is their home, making Arab society and culture their primary context for action. APCNews interviewed Jessica Dheere and Mohamad Najem, the co-directors of SMEX, which just joined the APC network. &nb...

Harnessing the internet to realise labour rights in Cambodia: Interview with Alexandra Demetrianova
Harnessing the internet to realise labour rights in Cambodia: Interview with Alexandra Demetrianova 13 January 2017 Radhika Radhakrishnan

Do internet campaigns work? This is what Alexandra Demetrianova reflects upon in her research for GISWatch about labour rights violations in garment factories of Cambodia. In this interview, she discusses how the internet has played a key role in the struggles of garment factory workers (mostly female) and trade unionists to demand for an increase in their minimum wage. She also speaks about th...

Overcoming gender-based digital exclusion in northern Nigeria: A strategy document
Overcoming gender-based digital exclusion in northern Nigeria: A strategy document 06 December 2016 Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD)

Although in a number of countries the gender dimension of the digital divide has been bridged, this is not so in Nigeria, where there is huge differential between men and women in terms of access to and use of the internet. Within the country, it is worse in the states in the northern parts of the country. This is due to a number of factors including culture, religion, education and attitudes. ...

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