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Towards digital authoritarianism in Nepal: Surveillance, data collection, and online repression
Towards digital authoritarianism in Nepal: Surveillance, data collection, and online repression 05 December 2022 Samik Kharel

The government’s COVID-19 response opened the door to various threats to human and digital rights. With the influence of its neighbours with poor rights records, Nepal must decide on its own path if it envisions a democratic digital ecosystem.

The Hidden Codes that Shape Our Expression: Understanding How Social Media Algorithms Obstruct Feminist Expression and How Malaysian Women Navigate the Challenges
The Hidden Codes that Shape Our Expression: Understanding How Social Media Algorithms Obstruct Feminist Expression and How Malaysian Women Navigate the Challenges 01 December 2022 Serene Lim

This research intends to better understand the barriers and biases resulting from algorithms in women’s access to freedom of opinion and expression, and to examine how they navigate these algorithms to create the much-needed space to speak out, to be heard, and to occupy digital spaces.

Rich white boys’ takeover of spaces of organising: Should you stay or should you go?
Rich white boys’ takeover of spaces of organising: Should you stay or should you go? 10 November 2022 Nyx McLean for GenderIT.org

As rich white men like Elon Musk own and control online platforms, these spaces are becoming more and more unwelcoming for queer and marginalised people. As individuals who have made and found communities in these spaces, should we leave our place on platforms like Twitter?

Brazilian web portal issued warning for spreading disinformation about the Amazon
Brazilian web portal issued warning for spreading disinformation about the Amazon 20 September 2022 Raquel Santos and Viviane Tavares

A campaign launched on Amazon Day seeks to prevent the financing of Brazilian news sites that are presented as journalistic, but which promote information disorder in the Legal Amazon region.

Mirror, mirror on the phone: How social media beauty filters impact South Asian women
Mirror, mirror on the phone: How social media beauty filters impact South Asian women 15 September 2022 Areej Akhtar for GenderIT.org

Young women in South Asia struggle with the society's obsession with fair skin and Eurocentric features all their lives, so beauty filters on social media apps have been providing them what many home remedies have failed to offer. But how are these tech solutions impacting their self-esteem?

Facebook and privacy in the post-Roe era
Facebook and privacy in the post-Roe era 13 September 2022 Verónica Ferrari

The security and privacy practices of technology companies such as Facebook have once again come under fire from organisations that denounce these companies’ failure to meet international standards for the protection of human rights.

For queer people in Pakistan, pride flags on social media may be doing more harm than good
For queer people in Pakistan, pride flags on social media may be doing more harm than good 09 September 2022 Anonymous

As the world celebrates Pride month every June, in Pakistan, this celebration brings hate and violence to the community. The writer explores how seemingly innocuous expression of queerness and support for the community opens doors of violence on individuals on the internet.

Can Black African women finally hack the system through their digital feminism?
Can Black African women finally hack the system through their digital feminism? 14 July 2022 Fungai Machirori for GenderIT.org

Young Black women are moving away from the "Stong Black Woman" narrative, and using online platforms to redefine digital feminism for them. Fungai Machirori explores how one young Black woman is attempting to hack the system. But is it working?

HRC 50: Online gendered attacks against women judges in Tunisia
HRC 50: Online gendered attacks against women judges in Tunisia 06 July 2022 APC

In its submission to the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, APC welcomed the concerns raised regarding defamation campaigns against legal professionals on social media, and highlighted the case of Tunisia, where women judges are the target of online gendered attacks.

Inside the Digital Society: Tweet tweet
Inside the Digital Society: Tweet tweet 17 May 2022 David Souter

Our columnist reflects on five issues for the wider internet environment raised by Elon Musk’s planned acquisition of Twitter, including for human rights, freedom of expression and corporate accountability.

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