Gender and ICTs

Nodes that bond: Meet the women building community networks in rural Brazil
Nodes that bond: Meet the women building community networks in rural Brazil 27 January 2020 APCNews

To me it was an extremely interesting experience, something I had never seen anywhere before: the possibility of a truly safe environment to express what we think and feel, to clarify our doubts, start to grasp where women are placed within the world of technology, and actually learn things.” This is how one of the participants described the women’s circle presented in this video, “Nodes That Bond”. The gathering took place in the rural community of Souzas, located in the municipality...

Report on use of ICTs for enabling economic, social and cultural rights in Chile
Report on use of ICTs for enabling economic, social and cultural rights in Chile 23 January 2020 APC and Derechos Digitales

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Derechos Digitales welcome the opportunity to submit this Parallel Report ahead of the 66th session of the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR). This submission is centred on cross-cutting issues related to the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) affecting the exercise of economic, social and cultural rights in the International Covenant for Economic, Social an...

Take Back the Tech! Feminist Learning Circles: Playful, conspirational strategising and experimentation with tech
Take Back the Tech! Feminist Learning Circles: Playful, conspirational strategising and experimentation with tech 22 January 2020 Take Back the Tech!

For Take Back the Tech! (TBTT), the internet is a space for play, exploration, experimentation and learning, as well as a vital political space of free association and expression. That’s why the APC Women's Rights Programme created a series of online sharing sessions so that TBTT campaigners and other curious cyberfeminists from all over the world could participate, create and put their knowl...

APC submission to the ITU Council Working Group-Internet Open Consultation on “International Internet-related Public Policy Issues on Harnessing New and Emerging Telecommunications/ICTs for Sustainable Development”
APC submission to the ITU Council Working Group-Internet Open Consultation on “International Internet-related Public Policy Issues on Harnessing New and Emerging Telecommunications/ICTs for Sustainable Development” 22 January 2020 APC

In an increasingly interconnected world, it is easy to forget that many people, especially those living in the rural areas of low-income economies, lack basic internet connectivity. We encourage the ITU to continue to focus on its core mandate of “connecting all the world’s people”. Within this context, ITU’s expertise could help to explore new and emerging technologies to improve conne...

Shared values and visions: Body & Data joins the APC network of member organisations
Shared values and visions: Body & Data joins the APC network of member organisations 17 January 2020 APCNews

  Body & Data is an organisation based in Bhaktapur, Nepal, that is focused on creating a free, open and just internet that respects the autonomy of individuals and upholds their dignity. Its aim is to increase the participation and visibility of women and queer people online by supporting the adoption of suitable technologies in campaigns and other communication strategies, and to hel...

Good-mannered women never make any history, even online
Good-mannered women never make any history, even online 10 January 2020 Francis Monyango

They say good-mannered women never make any history. And I agree. The definition of “good” has from time immemorial been skewed against women. Their dignity has always been latched on them being good and conforming to society’s standards of good women. To give the term “bad-mannered” woman context, the late Wangari Maathai comes to mind. As per society’s standards, she was not a goo...

Nontsokolo Sigcau of Zenzeleni: "I want to take this community network to other communities, because internet is for everyone"
Nontsokolo Sigcau of Zenzeleni: "I want to take this community network to other communities, because internet is for everyone" 02 January 2020 APCNews

This is the fifth in a series of interviews that highlight the journey, struggles and achievements of women doing work in community networks. We are documenting their experiences with the intention to inspire more women to get involved in this field. For this interview we spoke with Nontsokolo Sigcau. Nontsokolo Sigcau, better known by those around her as Mama Sigcau, is a representative of Zen...

Marcela Guerra from Coolab, Brazil: "Now women feel safe to explain technology in a context where before they did not even feel safe to ask"
Marcela Guerra from Coolab, Brazil: "Now women feel safe to explain technology in a context where before they did not even feel safe to ask" 12 December 2019 APCNews

This is the fourth 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 Marcela Guerra. Marcela is a representative of Coolab in Brazil for the...

Internet freedom is not enough: Cyberfeminists are fighting for a new reality
Internet freedom is not enough: Cyberfeminists are fighting for a new reality 06 December 2019 Ani Phoebe Hao for GenderIT.org

I’m reminded of that then-radical phrase, “Women’s rights are human rights.” When women stood up in Beijing more than 20 years ago, they were daring to speak out about a multiplicity of identities that had until then been all but ignored in human rights language, laws and implementation. Today, feminist movements and organisations have gone far beyond “Women’s rights are human right...

Global Information Society Watch 2019 - Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development
Global Information Society Watch 2019 - Artificial intelligence: Human rights, social justice and development 28 November 2019 Various

Artificial intelligence (AI) is now receiving unprecedented global attention as it finds widespread practical application in multiple spheres of activity. But what are the human rights, social justice and development implications of AI when used in areas such as health, education and social services, or in building “smart cities”? How does algorithmic decision making impact on marginalised ...

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