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At the cutting edge: TBTT campaigner Francoise Mukuku in DRC
At the cutting edge: TBTT campaigner Francoise Mukuku in DRC 13 January 2017 Tarryn Booysen

Take Back The Tech! celebrates 10 years of working with grassroots movements around the world to take control of technology to end violence against women. Throughout the year Take Back the Tech! (TBTT) has mini campaigns, however the biggest is 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (November 25 – December 10 each year). Campaigners from all around the globe join in with creative and strategic actions to explore different aspects of violence against women (VAW) and information co...

V for Vale: 10 year journey of TBTT! campaign in Bosnia and Herzegovina
V for Vale: 10 year journey of TBTT! campaign in Bosnia and Herzegovina 13 January 2017 Lamia Kosovic

Initiated in 2006, the campaign Take Back the Tech! in Bosnia and Herzegovina has greatly contributed to raising awareness of how ICTs are connected to violence against women, and it has strengthened the ICT capacity of women’s rights advocates, while creating original and varied content. At the same time, BiH Take Back the Tech! and their campaigners have worked actively on building a community to strategize around eliminating violence against women through digital platforms. This year, al...

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...

Finding solutions: Using ICTs to face the climate emergency
Finding solutions: Using ICTs to face the climate emergency 13 January 2017 Sonia Randhawa

Daily reports keep coming out about the myriad ways in which our planet is changing. We are rapidly approaching the cap of 1.5 degrees Celsius agreed as the upper acceptable limit of global warming at the Paris talks in 2015. And the talks in Marrakesh that ended in November 2016 show that these trends are likely to worsen, even if all pledges are met. However, with the governments of the world...

It's 2016 and Facebook is still terrified of women's nipples
It's 2016 and Facebook is still terrified of women's nipples 13 January 2017 Japleen

Time and again, Facebook proves to be that Uncle who keeps telling you your skirt is too short, but keeps a stack of highly sexualized and objectifying images of women in his folder. Facebook and I have had a difficult relationship when it came to women’s bodies, especially their breasts and nipples. The first time I was banned from Facebook for 24 hours was for posting this (below) beautiful...

[READING LIST] Gender, Race, Sexuality and Surveillance
[READING LIST] Gender, Race, Sexuality and Surveillance 13 January 2017 Dr. Nicole Shephard

This reading list provides an overview of recent books, articles and sources across the internet for those interested in learning more about how race, gender, and sexuality relate to surveillance. Far from comprehensive, it offers a starting point to explore how an intersectional lens and feminist attention to state, corporate, and peer surveillance practices and their differential effects on m...

Economic, social and cultural rights and the internet: The feminist take
Economic, social and cultural rights and the internet: The feminist take 14 December 2016

Does the internet make the realisation of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRS) a stronger possibility, especially for women and gender nonconforming people? This is the question that our edition on ESCRs and the internet seeks to answer. The Global Information Society Watch report on ESCRs looks at various contexts around the world to explore how the internet has acted largely as an ena...

Big data and sexual surveillance
Big data and sexual surveillance 09 December 2016 Nicole Shephard

Surveillance has historically functioned as an oppressive tool to control women’s bodies and is closely related to colonial modes of managing populations. Big data, metadata and the technologies used to collect, store and analyse them are by no means neutral, but come with their own exclusions and biases. This paper highlights the gendered and racialised effects of data practices; outlines 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. ...

EROTICS Global Survey 2013-2014: Sexual rights and the impact of regulatory frameworks and control mechanisms
EROTICS Global Survey 2013-2014: Sexual rights and the impact of regulatory frameworks and control mechanisms 24 October 2014 Horacio Sívori and Bruno Zilli

The EROTICS project looks at the impact of regulatory frameworks and control mechanisms on the actual lived practices, experiences and concerns of internet users in the exercise of their sexual rights. The EROTICS case studies showed that while increasing online activity exposes users to certain risks and threats, individuals and collectives are successful in developing means of self-protection...

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