Gender and ICTs

A violent network: Gender-based violence against Palestinian women in virtual space
A violent network: Gender-based violence against Palestinian women in virtual space 22 November 2018 Shahrazad Odeh for 7amleh

7amleh – The Arab Center for the Development of Social Media and the Swedish Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation published a comprehensive research report on the phenomenon of gender-based violence in social networks and the Internet. This research is the first of its kind in Palestine and regionally. The study included qualitative and quantitative aspects of the phenomenon of gender-based violence in social networks and the diversity of its manifestations throughout Palestinian communities in hi...

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...

Online abuse: A monster that silences and curtails women's rights online
Online abuse: A monster that silences and curtails women's rights online 20 November 2018 Doreen Raheena Sulleyman for GenderIT.org

The new freedom of expression brought by the internet goes far beyond politics. People relate to each other in new ways on a medium that offers the cover of anonymity but also deception. However, information technology and the internet are rapidly transforming almost every aspect of our lives - some for better, while others for worse. Ghana has in recent years been celebrated for achieving a nu...

Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance: Emerging issues on sexuality and diversity
Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance: Emerging issues on sexuality and diversity 16 November 2018 Maja Romano for APCNews

The Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance was a unique panel at the 2018 IGF, not only because it was one of the few to have full focus on gender rights, but also because it was a participatory session with presentations from panellists and also engagement by the majority of audience members present. With the intent “to look at some of the emerging issues at the intersection of ...

Holding out for internet rights, access and use: Karen Banks recognised with Lifetime Achievement Award
Holding out for internet rights, access and use: Karen Banks recognised with Lifetime Achievement Award 16 November 2018 APCNews

The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have made extraordinary contributions to the development, use or study of the internet for the public good. The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) congratulates Karen Banks for being recognised with the OII Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 for her extraordinary, unique and long-lasting contribut...

Meltdown of protections for data and privacy in Tanzania for LGBTQIA and others
Meltdown of protections for data and privacy in Tanzania for LGBTQIA and others 15 November 2018 Rebecca Ryakitimbo for GenderIT.org

Data and privacy are especially important in the context of the anti-gay clampdown in Tanzania. Currently, the digital world and the governments of most countries are setting up measures to ensure data is protected while most African countries are still at the stage that views the internet as a revolutionary weapon. In relation to gender as well, there are policies yet to be implemented, polici...

13 manifestations of gender-based violence using technology
13 manifestations of gender-based violence using technology 15 November 2018 Take Back the Tech!, Luchadoras and SocialTIC

APC's Take Back the Tech! project worked closely with Luchadoras and SocialTIC, campaigners in Mexico, to develop an illustrated list of manifestations of online gender-based violence based on case documentation. You can access it at the GenderIT.org website here. Use it in your work and activism, and please share it widely!

Does urban youth know what to do about cyberharassment?: Research in Bangladesh
Does urban youth know what to do about cyberharassment?: Research in Bangladesh 15 November 2018 Anushka Zafar for GenderIT.org

Growing up in Bangladesh, I experienced my first “wrong-number” phone call when I was 10 years old, during the time of landlines, before we had mobiles or smartphones. Wrong-number calls would usually be initiated by young men who would dial a random number until they heard a young woman answer. Then they would try to strike up a conversation by asking the recipient a barrage of questions a...

Focusing on the SDGs: “We have to really think about including all genders and marginalised genders in this conversation”
Focusing on the SDGs: “We have to really think about including all genders and marginalised genders in this conversation” 14 November 2018 Flavia Fascendini for APCNews

“Technologies have the potential to act as catalysts for the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and help advance all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and constituent targets. At the same time, rapid technological change poses new challenges and can have unintended consequences,” stated co-moderator Nadia Tjahja from the Youth Coalition on Internet Governance during the openin...

Global Information Society Watch 2018: Community Networks
Global Information Society Watch 2018: Community Networks 12 November 2018 Various

This year’s Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) focuses on community networks. Community networks are “communication networks built, owned, operated, and used by citizens in a participatory and open manner.” This is a starting point. As the 43 country reports gathered here show, in practice, “community networks” can be hybrid systems, with different political and practical obj...

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