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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. These proposals often emerge after high-profile revelations related to the role of online intermediaries in facilitating access to illegal or undefined harmful content. In order to suggest a principles-based approach to regulation, this issue paper highlights positive and negative aspects of some recent initiatives to regulate online content, ...

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 such as sexually explicit images, child pornography, terrorism-related content – but it is not a foolproof system. Here human intervention and oversight are needed, especially when it comes to the meaning of what is being said in comments or c...

A response to "The age of the feminist influencer"
A response to "The age of the feminist influencer" 16 August 2019 Sheena Magenya for GenderIT.org

Social media feminist influencers play an important role in reminding us offline and institutionalised feminists that the "who" in feminist movement building matters less than the "how". If there is something that we all have to admit, it is the fact that we have always had influencers. Less than 10 years ago we had political, ideological and yes, feminist influencers who too had followers; on ...

“It made me despise the world of technology”: Interview with Iranian queer feminist Shadi Amin
“It made me despise the world of technology”: Interview with Iranian queer feminist Shadi Amin 20 June 2019 Shreya Ila Anasuya for GenderIT.org

In June 2015, an organised online defamation campaign began against Iranian queer feminist and writer Shadi Amin. A website claimed that Amin had perpetrated rape, abuse, bullying and money laundering. The website was accompanied by a Facebook page, a Twitter account and an Instagram account, all of which replicated its claims that Amin was guilty of “documented cases of verbal, physical and ...

How TikTok is a platform for performance and play for women in Sri Lanka
How TikTok is a platform for performance and play for women in Sri Lanka 13 May 2019 Sachini Perera for GenderIT.org

TikTok is a mobile platform for creating and sharing 15-second videos. Or as described by Wired, “a short-form monitised musical meme machine”. TikTok users lip sync, dance and perform to popular songs, dialogue or voiceovers from films and television shows and other audio clips from popular culture and edit the videos creatively using the templates and effects provided on the platform. It ...

Responding to the Christchurch Call
Responding to the Christchurch Call 07 May 2019 Joy Liddicoat

On 15 March 2019 an anti-Muslim terrorist attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 51 people and injuring 49. Christchurch is my hometown and I was quickly on the phone to family members, checking their locations, texting those in lockdown and watching with horror as the reality of what was happening unfolded before me. I thought of my APC colleagues in South Africa, India, Pa...

Chad must end its year-long blackout of social media
Chad must end its year-long blackout of social media 15 March 2019 Various

Commissioner Lawrence Mute Office of the AU Special Rapporteur Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A version of this letter was also addressed to David Kaye, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Opinion and Expression. Dear Sir, We, the undersigned organisations that work to promote freedom of expression offline and online across the globe, write to exp...

New index on racism against Palestinians on social media
New index on racism against Palestinians on social media 11 March 2019

Every 66 seconds a post inciting hatred against Palestinians was shared on social media platforms in 2018. Almost half a million calls for violent actions and racist slurs were registered. From all the posts mentioning the term “Arabs”, 1 out of 10 contain an insult or an invitation to violence against Palestinians. These are some of the revelations included in the Index of Racism...

Use of social media in Manipur: Women lag behind in technological advancement
Use of social media in Manipur: Women lag behind in technological advancement 28 February 2019 Ninglun Hanghal for GenderIT.org

The headline in a media report of 23 March 2017 says “BJP’s social media campaign in Manipur was a hit”. According to the report, the Bharatya Janata Party (BJP) kicked off a high-pitched social media campaign in Manipur on more than 100 WhatsApp groups, a number of Facebook pages, Twitter handles and Twitter channels. This proves to be true considering the result. Comparatively, in the 2...

Sexual assault in Ghana: How technology can help build visibility
Sexual assault in Ghana: How technology can help build visibility 11 February 2019 Doreen Raheena Sulleyman for GenderIT.org

“So many years past being raped, I tell myself what happened is 'in the past.' This is only partly true. In too many ways, the past is still with me. The past is written on my body. I carry it every single day. The past sometimes feels like it might kill me. It is a very heavy burden.” These words from Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxanne Gay are more or less the exact words a victim of...

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