Gender and ICTs

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 sexual assault told me when she confided in me about her rape issue. Unfortunately, that was the se...

"Revenge porn": Five important reasons why we should not call it by that name
"Revenge porn": Five important reasons why we should not call it by that name 16 January 2019 Sophie Maddocks

Every day the term "revenge porn" appears in newspaper headlines around the world and its translations are entering people’s vocabularies everywhere from China to France. Despite its growing popularity, research published in 2018 identified a universal rejection of the term "revenge porn" among activists and researchers. They see it as a misleading term and they have set about developing more accurate alternatives. This article outlines five reasons why we – as feminists – must follow t...

Tech-related violence against women in peri-urban areas of Uganda
Tech-related violence against women in peri-urban areas of Uganda 09 January 2019 WOUGNET

The UN estimates that 95% of aggressive behaviour, harassment, abusive language and denigrating images in online spaces are aimed at women and come from current or former male partners. For such cases, it is then referred to as Technology-related Violence Against Women (Tech-related VAW). Tech-related VAW encompasses acts of gender-based violence that are committed, abetted or aggrava...

Observing community networks in the Philippines through a gendered lens: Interview with Claire, Thessa and Clarisse
Observing community networks in the Philippines through a gendered lens: Interview with Claire, Thessa and Clarisse 08 January 2019 Serene Lim

As corporations and country leaders are propelling the world towards a digital society and information age, a large percentage of the population in the Philippines still does not have access to basic voice and SMS communication, let alone internet connectivity. With just under 70% mobile phone penetration, populations that are isolated geographically and relatively poor are often considered “...

16 voices for 16 days: One World Platform takes back the tech!
16 voices for 16 days: One World Platform takes back the tech! 07 January 2019 Take Back the Tech!

During the 16 days of Take Back the Tech, APC members from around the world raise awareness and build understanding around online gender/based violence through various projects specific to their local contexts. We had a chance to catch up with one of these organisations, One World Platform (OWP), based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, whose campaign this year highlighted  the concerns, ideas and...

Five tips for a successful edit-a-thon on gender
Five tips for a successful edit-a-thon on gender 21 December 2018 Rohini Lakshan​​é for GenderIT.org

For those with access to the internet, Wikipedia is the benchmark of common knowledge. The processes of knowledge production are inevitably fraught with imbalances of power: Who gets to write and gets written about? Who gets to speak and who among them is heard? What gets illuminated as authoritative and credible knowledge; what gets dismissed as unverifiable or insignificant? Who gets erased f...

She Connects: Tech-enabled women entrepreneurship in Pakistan
She Connects: Tech-enabled women entrepreneurship in Pakistan 17 December 2018 Media Matters for Democracy for Digital Rights Monitor

This report by APC member Media Matters for Democracy can also be found on the Digital Rights Monitor website. The idea of growing women’s leadership is more radical than it should be. Women do constitute almost half of the world’s population after all – they contribute endlessly to the workforce, often in unpaid, unappreciated categories. Talking specifically of countries like Pakis...

Providing a gender lens in the digital age: APC submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Providing a gender lens in the digital age: APC submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Working Group on Business and Human Rights 01 December 2018 Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the work of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and values the focus of the OHCHR on the question of ways to unpack the gender dimensions of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The APC Women’s Rights Programme (APC WRP) works to challe...

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...

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...

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