Gender and ICTs

Immaculate Laker from BOSCO Uganda: "I enjoy seeing the lives of the women in rural communities change after connecting to the internet"
Immaculate Laker from BOSCO Uganda: "I enjoy seeing the lives of the women in rural communities change after connecting to the internet" 08 October 2019

This is the third in a series of interviews we will be publishing until the end of the year that highlight the journey, struggles and achievements of women doing work in community networks. We will document their experiences with the intention to inspire more women to get involved in this field. This month we are featuring Immaculate Laker. Immaculate is a representative of BOSCO Uganda for the community networks learning grant initiative implemented through the "Connecting the Unco...

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...

Civil society organisations present joint end-of-session statement at 42nd Human Rights Council
Civil society organisations present joint end-of-session statement at 42nd Human Rights Council 30 September 2019 Various

The Council reaffirmed that reprisals can never be justified. Council members rejected attempts to weaken the text including deleting the references to the roles of the Assistant Secretary-General and the Human Rights Council Presidents. The resolution listed key trends such as the patterns of reprisals, increasing self-censorship, the use of national security arguments and counter-terrorism st...

"All that you walk on to get there": New GenderIT.org edition shares feminist reflections on methodology, ethics and access in research
"All that you walk on to get there": New GenderIT.org edition shares feminist reflections on methodology, ethics and access in research 02 September 2019

Research and knowledge has long been based on a hierarchical and fraught dynamic between the researcher and researched, the objective academic and the "subject". Feminist ways of knowing, standpoint theory and participatory methodology are some of the tools that seek to destabilise and upset this equation and produce in its place the possibility of co-creating knowledge and technology together....

Memory Jere from CYD Malawi: Motivating girls and getting them to push further
Memory Jere from CYD Malawi: Motivating girls and getting them to push further 28 August 2019

This is the first in a series of interviews we will be publishing until the end of the year that highlight the journey, struggles and achievements of women doing work in community networks. We will document their experiences with the intention to inspire more women to get involved in this field. This month we are featuring Memory Jere. Memory is a representative of the Centre for Youth and Deve...

Kondoa Community Network: Breaking gender digital divides
Kondoa Community Network: Breaking gender digital divides 21 August 2019 Rebecca Ryakitimbo for GenderIT.org

With growing populations, decentralisation of opportunities is important, and the internet is a crucial way to achieve it for both urban and rural communities. In order to bridge the digital divide(s), gender should be at the core of the development circle to ensure equal access to services and opportunities. In Tanzania, slightly over 23 million people are internet users, which is an internet ...

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 ...

Making a feminist internet: Movement building in a digital age in Africa
Making a feminist internet: Movement building in a digital age in Africa 12 August 2019

Online spaces and digital technologies have emerged as a critical and influential site for feminist activism and organising in Africa. From trending hashtags such as #BringBackOurGirls in Nigeria and #TotalShutdown in South Africa, to WhatsApp and Signal groups in countries across the region where feminists, activists and LGBTIQ people gather to share, plan and commune, digital technologies hav...

The internet as we see it: Gendered perceptions from Pakistan
The internet as we see it: Gendered perceptions from Pakistan 09 August 2019 Amel Ghani and Sadaf Khan

The general understanding in Pakistan is that there are differences between the ways men and women access and use the internet. These ideas come from the patriarchal nature of our society and the perceptions that exist in relation to men and women. This study aims to understand the internet perceptions of Pakistani users specifically from the lens of gender. The idea is to explore how men and w...

How do gender and technology intersect in Pakistan?
How do gender and technology intersect in Pakistan? 09 August 2019 APCNews

The intersection of gender and technology in Pakistan is the focus of the latest instalment of the SheConnects series by Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD), an APC member organisation in Pakistan. The series, which is a the result of an APC small grant, is part of MMfD’s Digital Rights Monitor. It includes 12 feature articles that cover issues from threats to female journalists online, love a...

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