Gender and ICTs

Gender and privacy: Interview with Eva Blum-Dumontet, Privacy International
Gender and privacy: Interview with Eva Blum-Dumontet, Privacy International 10 April 2019 Bianca Baldo

In the recent report from Privacy International, From Oppression to Liberation: Reclaiming the Right to Privacy, author Eva Blum-Dumontet frames privacy legislation as a “protector of human dignity and an enabler of autonomy”. Privacy allows women and members of marginalised communities to create safe spaces of expression and makes available tools that challenge norms that restrict equality, access and control. On the other hand, the report provides insight on the ways that privacy has be...

African women face widening technology gap
African women face widening technology gap 01 April 2019

Africa this year commemorated “Women’s Month”, as March is known in a number of countries, faced with the reality of a highly gendered digital divide. That such a situation seems set to persist serves as a reminder of the need for a coordinated strategy in ensuring the inclusion of women and girls in the continent’s digital transformation. Despite having the highest growth in internet penetration across the globe,  Africa remains the only continent whose digital gender gap h...

Turning from Tumblr: Where is sex positivity on the internet going?
Turning from Tumblr: Where is sex positivity on the internet going? 12 March 2019 Tiffany Kagure Mugo for GenderIT.org

There are so many places to get porn. The online space is awash with naked bodies, a good majority of them on there consensually and a small but disturbing proportion not.  The watching of naked bodies is big business, with one porn-based hub stating that in 2018 alone, 111 years (or one million hours) were uploaded onto their platform. This would mean that even if you dedicated your entir...

Free To Be Mobile: Ensuring that women, girls, queer and trans persons can inhabit digital spaces freely and fearlessly
Free To Be Mobile: Ensuring that women, girls, queer and trans persons can inhabit digital spaces freely and fearlessly 11 March 2019

What do we talk about when we talk about technology-enabled violence? We mostly talk about online violence, or violence on the internet. But that's only part of the story. Another part of the story - one we talk or think about much less - goes beyond the online to the digital. APC member Point of View launches Free To Be Mobile, a publication that features ten stories of teenagers, women, trans...

Free To Be Mobile: New publication from Point of View
Free To Be Mobile: New publication from Point of View 08 March 2019 Point of View

Point of View, an APC member organisation in India, celebrated International Women's Day on 8 March with the launch of its newest publication, Free To Be Mobile, as part of its mission to ensure that women, girls, queer and trans persons can inhabit digital spaces freely – and fearlessly. The introduction begins with the question, "What do we talk about when we talk about technology-enab...

Helping women and non-binary communities gain access: Reflections from the Best Practice Forum on Gender and Access on the potential of alternative models of connectivity
Helping women and non-binary communities gain access: Reflections from the Best Practice Forum on Gender and Access on the potential of alternative models of connectivity 07 March 2019 Gabrielle Willms

The transformative power of the internet has offered unprecedented access to information, possibilities for socioeconomic growth and the opportunity for increased exercise of a range of human rights, including cultural, social and economic rights and freedom of expression. Global growth in connectivity, however, has begun to slow and, for many, meaningful access to the internet remains elusive....

HRC40: Joint oral statement on the gendered dimensions of privacy
HRC40: Joint oral statement on the gendered dimensions of privacy 01 March 2019 Association for Progressive Communications and Association for Women's Rights in Development

Oral statement delivered under Item 3: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy and the Special Rapporteur on cultural rights   UN Human Rights Council 40th session 1 March 2019   Speaker: Daniela Marin Platero Thank you, Mr. President. The Association for Progressive Communications and the Association for Women's Rights in Development commend...

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...

What is a feminist approach to research and documentation of online gender-based violence?
What is a feminist approach to research and documentation of online gender-based violence? 19 February 2019 Seyi Akiwowo, executive director of Glitch, for Take Back the Tech!

As we embark on a new year of #metoo and other forms of powerful testimonial movements such as #survivingRKelly, the wisdom shared in January’s Take Back the Tech! webinar was an important learning opportunity and reminder of how we can contribute to collective wellbeing and care in our movement. Take Back the Tech! kicked off the New Year with a Reboot Webinar on documentation and reporting ...

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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