Gender and ICTs

Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 41st session
Internet rights at the Human Rights Council 41st session 24 June 2019 Deborah Brown

The 41st session of the Human Rights Council is taking place over three weeks (24 June to 12 July 2019) in Geneva. During this session dozens of reports will be presented on thematic and country-specific human rights situations from UN Special Procedures, the Secretary General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Council is expected to adopt on around 25 resolutions. It will also feature the annual full day discussion on the human rights of women, which includes panel discussions o...

“It made me despise the world of technology”: Interview with Iranian queer feminist Shadi Amin
“It made me despise the world of technology”: Interview with Iranian queer feminist Shadi Amin 20 June 2019 Shreya Ila Anasuya for GenderIT.org

In June 2015, an organised online defamation campaign began against Iranian queer feminist and writer Shadi Amin. A website claimed that Amin had perpetrated rape, abuse, bullying and money laundering. The website was accompanied by a Facebook page, a Twitter account and an Instagram account, all of which replicated its claims that Amin was guilty of “documented cases of verbal, physical and sexual violation”, that she was corrupt, that she was a homophobe, “anti-male”, and had engage...

“Our Constitution is strong”: Straight digital discourse and disremembered queer accounts
“Our Constitution is strong”: Straight digital discourse and disremembered queer accounts 20 June 2019 Mumbi Kanyogo for GenderIT.org

A brief observation of the analytical frameworks used by a great number of Kenyan social media users around the controversy surrounding the release of the Kenyan film Rafiki may make you more familiar with the rubrics of “artistic freedom” and “freedom of speech” than those of “queerness” and “precariousness”  (here “queerness” accounts for those Kenyans who live outsid...

Feminist Internet Research Domains of Change: Planning and assessment
Feminist Internet Research Domains of Change: Planning and assessment 20 June 2019 This document was compiled and created by Jac sm Kee, with inputs from Tigist S. Hussen, Namita Aavriti, and Katerina Fialova

The Feminist Internet Research Domains of Change diagram created and explored through the FIRN inception meeting is designed to: Provide a framework for research project planning that can identify and prioritise specific fields where impact can be made;  Identify strategies towards that impact by specifying which domain of change the strategy aims to engage with;  Plot pathways ...

Feminist internet ethical research practices
Feminist internet ethical research practices 20 June 2019

As part of the research hackathon, the WRP team and the peer-advisory committee worked on the first version of the practices document that reflects feminist research practices, politics and values that would be relevant to those in the network, and more broadly in the field of research on internet, feminism and gender. This was then discussed in detail with the research partners in the network....

Why is it good that Ethiopians are debating homosexuality?
Why is it good that Ethiopians are debating homosexuality? 19 June 2019 GenderIT.org

It is awfully painful to read online trolling, threats, hateful and dehumanising comments, and insults on Twitter against the queer Ethiopian community. Yet, I can’t help feeling that there are opportunities that arise from the explosion of support in spite of the extreme hatred on social media platforms. It started when religious groups, particularly the Ethiopian Orthodox church, protested ...

Propping up patriarchy: Threats of the growing anti-gender movement
Propping up patriarchy: Threats of the growing anti-gender movement 19 June 2019 Sahar Moazami for GenderIT.org

In the past year we have seen a number of countries implement laws that recognise diverse gender identities and expand the rights of transgender people. Uruguay is one such example. In October 2018, Congress passed a law setting out legal gender recognition through self-determination, defining gender-affirming surgery and hormone therapy as a right paid for by the national government, reserving...

Making a feminist internet with the APC community in 2018: Raising awareness, strengthening networks and building capacity through workshops, research and advocacy
Making a feminist internet with the APC community in 2018: Raising awareness, strengthening networks and building capacity through workshops, research and advocacy 13 June 2019 Gabrielle Willms

Fighting for a free and open internet for all involves recognising the many ways that online access and experience are affected by identity and social position. This understanding has not only informed but motivated the work of APC and its community throughout our existence. Our projects always seek, in one way or another, to level the digital playing field. One of the most significant factors ...

APC at the SIF: Tackling the many forms of “denial of service” to keep the internet free, open and secure
APC at the SIF: Tackling the many forms of “denial of service” to keep the internet free, open and secure 03 June 2019 APCNews

The Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF) is conceived as “a platform for advancing a free, open and secure internet as a driver of development.” Organised by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) every two years, it gathers together hundreds of participants from around the world and a wide range of stakeholder groups for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and collaboration. At this ye...

Bodies of Evidence: Big data, gender and sexuality
Bodies of Evidence: Big data, gender and sexuality 29 May 2019 APCNews

Award-winning digital imprint Deep Dives is back with a new season of essays. The recently launched new collection, called “Bodies of Evidence”, will feature writings that explore the intersection of big data, bodies, gender and sexuality. An initiative of Mumbai-based non-profit and APC member Point of View, Deep Dives specialises in long-form journalism, personal narrative, art, poetry an...

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