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Cummunity standards
Cummunity standards 27 May 2020 Morgan Barbour for GenderIT

Globally there has been a recorded surge of domestic violence against women especially, but has there been an increase in violence online? Morgan Barbour shares how she has dealt with increased violence and harassment online since the lockdown began, and how it is now part of her art.  

Who run the Instagram Live? Girls!
Who run the Instagram Live? Girls! 27 May 2020 Joshua Muyiwa for GenderIT

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Shakespeare wrote most of his plays during the bubonic plague, and now women and queer artists are using the internet and social media to open up spaces for marginalised communities and bodies.  

The online space making pandemic sex easier (sort of)
The online space making pandemic sex easier (sort of) 26 May 2020 Tiffany Kagure Mugo for GenderIT

Much as there is the risk of the online space breeding great amounts of anxiety, this can also be a time to form different types of human connection, find out more about innovative ways to get off and take a look at your love lives. Here's how.

Body and Data: Common myths and misinformation about COVID-19 in Nepal
Body and Data: Common myths and misinformation about COVID-19 in Nepal 19 May 2020 Neha Gauchan for Body & Data

Body & Data asked their followers on social media to answer some questions about misinformation circulating in Nepal during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WOUGNET: Flattening the COVID-19 pandemic curve calls for a fight against misinformation and disinformation
WOUGNET: Flattening the COVID-19 pandemic curve calls for a fight against misinformation and disinformation 28 April 2020 Peace Oliver Amuge for WOUGNET

The Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) warns of the proliferation of COVID-19-related fake news on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp, as well as other ways in which misinformation is spread in rural areas.

Open letter on COVID-19 content moderation research
Open letter on COVID-19 content moderation research 22 April 2020 Various

APC joined dozens of other organisations and researchers to call on social media companies to enable future research and analysis about the “infodemic” side of COVID-19 by preserving information about what their systems are automatically blocking and taking down.

Social media’s response to COVID-19 misinformation
Social media’s response to COVID-19 misinformation 21 April 2020 Carmen Ferri

While social media sites tend to respond slowly or not at all to misinformation on their platforms, during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have taken steps to address and stop the spread of misinformation, as well as to steer users towards reliable sources of information and support.

Online content: To regulate or not to regulate – is that the question?
Online content: To regulate or not to regulate – is that the question? 01 November 2019 Dr. Mathias Vermeulen

Recently there have been a flurry of proposals to “regulate the internet”, which in practice boils down to more narrowly regulating online content. In order to suggest a principles-based approach to regulation, this issue paper highlights positive and negative aspects of some recent initiatives.

Silenced Net: The Chilling Effect among Palestinian Youth in Social Media
Silenced Net: The Chilling Effect among Palestinian Youth in Social Media 30 October 2019 7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media

The legal, political and social environment is having a significant impact on the political activity of Palestinian youth on the internet. Many have had their content removed from online platforms, experienced harassment, or were interrogated in relation to what they posted on social networks.

Are we any better at judging right from wrong? Automation in content moderation
Are we any better at judging right from wrong? Automation in content moderation 01 October 2019 Namita

Content moderation online is currently done by most social media companies through a mix of automation (or what is sometimes referred to as artificial intelligence or AI) and human moderators. Automation deals effectively with certain kinds of content – but it is not a foolproof system.

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