This edition focuses on research conducted as part of the Feminist Internet Research Network (FIRN) initiative that showcases the interconnections of online gender-based violence with different countries' local contexts and everyday realities.
When conducting feminist research, it is important to acknowledge various intersectionalities, as well as ethics of care, challenges and all the dynamic interconnections in the process. The Feminist Internet Research Network partners have explored these themes in their research through the years.
After the election of Jair Bolsonaro as president, Brazilian social media became an increasingly fertile ground for the exercise of public violence. This article focuses on two episodes that illustrate social media engagement with homophobic hate speech uttered by or attributed to Bolsonaro.
Feminist internet research is messy and conducting meta-research on feminist internet research is even messier. This critically reflective article argues that the messiness of research is not something to shy away from but rather to embrace.
"Feminist by Design", an edition of the APRIA journal, is ambitious in its title and aims. It showcases research journeys, findings and feminist intentions, bringing together a diverse group of researchers from around the world who were part of the Feminist Internet Research Network.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Feminist Internet Research Network (FIRN) website. The site's goal is to gather in one place the results of FIRN research projects, which aim to provide evidence to drive change in internet policy and law, and a feminist approach to internet rights.
The aim of the project is to support state institutions and civil society organisations involved in overcoming gender-based violence on the internet, in identifying the right communication tone and methods to improve its effectiveness.
The Feminist Internet Research Network intentionally seeks to go beyond research to impact on policy and advocacy. But what should a feminist approach to policy shifts encompass, specifically coming from the global South?
We are excited to announce that from 15 to 23 June, the network will gather for the second annual workshop online to exchange experiences and research findings with the eight research projects that are led by FIRN partners based in different regions of the global South.
Digital technologies are becoming ever more a part of our world, and we need to (re)claim an internet that integrates and respects our different realities, contexts, ages, disabilities, sexualities, expressions, and socioeconomic, political, ethnic, religious and gender identities.