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5 thoughts on online content moderation from an insider
5 thoughts on online content moderation from an insider 21 November 2018 Nada for GenderIT.org

For the last few years, I’ve worked in different corners of what can be generally be dubbed as the content moderation industry. First as a contractor, then as an employee for well-known social media platforms, where day-to-day work is intimately linked to crucial social outcomes in different parts of the world. The decisions made in that industry can decide what counts as a real identity, the level of nudity deemed socially acceptable, and even what war images will make it to society’s co...

Rejecting victimhood: The online speak-out campaign in Kerala against harassment
Rejecting victimhood: The online speak-out campaign in Kerala against harassment 13 October 2018 Praveena Thaali for GenderIT.org

This is an attempt to narrate the speak-out movement led by the Dalit-Bahujan women in Kerala. It is a social media-based (particularly through Facebook) campaign, that is still ongoing in Kerala, to narrativise the experiences of sexual harassment faced by Dalit-Bahujan women. These attacks had happened in their work place, within friends’ circles and political spaces. Surprisingly, the women faced attack and criticism from their Malayali upper caste and Dalit male friends, who are known f...

How to use social media for activism
How to use social media for activism 23 August 2018 Nana Darkoa for GenderIT.org

Here are some tips and insights on how to use social media for activism and movement building. These are learnings from the vocal and active African feminists who have used the internet and social media to amplify their causes. The fact that social media is nominally free to use – and we say nominally because we have to be aware that we provide our data to corporate bodies that own the social...

Joint statement on attacks on environmental activists in South Africa
Joint statement on attacks on environmental activists in South Africa 17 July 2018 Various

The undersigned organisations condemn the recent vicious attacks on environmental justice activists in South Africa. In one case, we are outraged at the reported murder on 11 July 2018 of Mr. D. Panza, an activist who had opposed a relocation of the community in KwaDube in KwaZulu Natal (KZN). KZN violence monitor Mary de Haas has reported that people living on this land have been informed by v...

Media Matters for Democracy: Letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan to curb the spread of election-related online misinformation
Media Matters for Democracy: Letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan to curb the spread of election-related online misinformation 05 July 2018 Media Matters for Democracy

  Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD), our member in Pakistan, has published a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan to curb the spread of election-related online misinformation and ensure implementation of  the Code of Conduct (CoC) for political parties in online spaces. We are republishing their letter here, in the context of political and religious violence i...

CIPESA: Uganda blocks access to social media, VPNs and dating sites as new tax takes effect
CIPESA: Uganda blocks access to social media, VPNs and dating sites as new tax takes effect 02 July 2018 Juliet Nanfuka

Article republished from CIPESA's website. As of midnight on July 1, 2018, telecom companies in Uganda blocked access to social media platforms for all users and required them to pay a newly introduced Over-The-Top (OTT) tax before regaining access. The tax resulted from a March 2018 presidential directive for social media to be taxed to raise resources “to cope with the consequences” ...

Restrictions to freedom of expression online: Joint oral statement at the Human Rights Council 38th session
Restrictions to freedom of expression online: Joint oral statement at the Human Rights Council 38th session 25 June 2018 APC, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa, Derechos Digitales and the Women of Uganda Network

Oral statement delivered under Item 3: General Debate UN Human Rights Council 38th Session 25 June 2018 Thank you, Mr. President. This statement is delivered on behalf of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), Derechos Digitales, and the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET). As organisations committ...

We can be heroes: Towards public and legal recognition of online gender-based violence
We can be heroes: Towards public and legal recognition of online gender-based violence 18 June 2018

Online violence, bullying, harassment, theft of identity, and non-consensual circulation of intimate images are now being recognised as offences in most countries, and acknowledged in public discourse as misogyny and attempts to silence women and gender-diverse people (gender non-conforming, gender queer, transgender, non-binary and intersex people, and others) from participation in public life...

Inside the Information Society: Whatever happened to competition online?
Inside the Information Society: Whatever happened to competition online? 15 April 2018 David Souter

The Internet, it used to be said, would let a thousand flowers bloom. The low cost of market entry would enable thousands of application and content developers to reach out to users. There’d be more diversity, more choice, more freedom for users to exercise that choice. It hasn’t quite worked out that way. Sure, it’s easier for individuals and small companies to bring something ...

#Palestine 2017 Report: Palestinian online content targeted through mass surveillance, digital occupation and biased content moderation
#Palestine 2017 Report: Palestinian online content targeted through mass surveillance, digital occupation and biased content moderation 07 April 2018

7amleh – The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media published its annual report on Palestinian digital activism under the title #Palestine 2017. This annual report is being published for the third consecutive year and monitors social media activities of all Palestinians throughout 2017. The research provides statistics and information about Palestinians' internet access and usage, ex...

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