Gender and ICTs

Can social media platforms tackle online violence without structural change?
Can social media platforms tackle online violence without structural change? 17 August 2021 Marwa Azelmat for GenderIT.org

We welcome the commitments made by Facebook, Google, TikTok and Twitter to tackle online abuse on their platforms. However, without ensuring that the systems they create do not reproduce and amplify existing inequalities, built-in safety tools will only mitigate harms on the surface.

After the Storm: How to restore policy dialogue and supportive discourse against gender-based violence online in Bulgaria
After the Storm: How to restore policy dialogue and supportive discourse against gender-based violence online in Bulgaria 11 August 2021 BlueLink Foundation

The aim of the project is to support state institutions and civil society organisations involved in overcoming gender-based violence on the internet, in identifying the right communication tone and methods to improve its effectiveness.

r/chickflixxx: Feminist (de)construction of online porn
r/chickflixxx: Feminist (de)construction of online porn 09 August 2021 Mariana Fossatti for GenderIT.org

How does porn take shape based on the audience's perspective and the practice of sharing and commenting on available online content? This article, based on a digital ethnographic analysis of a Reddit community, explores what feminist porn means on the internet.

Amplified Abuse: Report on Online Violence Against Women in the 2021 Uganda General Election
Amplified Abuse: Report on Online Violence Against Women in the 2021 Uganda General Election 06 August 2021 Arthur Kakande, Garnett Achieng, Neema Iyer, Bonnita Nyamwire, Sandra Nabulega and Irene Mwendwa

The main objective of this study was to assess the impact of online violence against women in politics in Uganda and determine how it might impact their use of digital solutions and social media platforms for expression and participation in the elections.

Fun and games and online safety: An innovative approach to digital security training for African women
Fun and games and online safety: An innovative approach to digital security training for African women 03 August 2021 APCNews

Digital security is obviously a serious concern, especially since people are spending more time than ever online. So you wouldn’t expect digital security training to be fun and games – but it can be, as Pollicy and Paradigm Initiative prove with their new joint initiative, Digital SafeTea.

Transgender Act in India: A law that replicates existing challenges with digitisation?
Transgender Act in India: A law that replicates existing challenges with digitisation? 22 July 2021 Brindaalakshmi. K for GenderIT.org

In India, the drive for the digitisation of services, combined with offline violence, marginalisation and stigma, make it almost impossible for transgender persons to be considered as people who deserve equal rights.

The identity predicament: A story about statelessness and the fight for denied rights
The identity predicament: A story about statelessness and the fight for denied rights 22 July 2021 Cecilia Maundu for GenderIT.org

The integrated biometric database system in Kenya exposes multilayered challenges of statelessness, loss of basic human rights and obstacles to availing government services. Through conversations with Mariam, a Nubian woman we learn about the tedious and lengthy process to obtain an ID card.

New APC member Pollicy: “We have so much to learn from this beautiful and loving network, and we want to contribute towards this larger movement”
New APC member Pollicy: “We have so much to learn from this beautiful and loving network, and we want to contribute towards this larger movement” 22 July 2021 APCNews

Meet Pollicy, a Uganda-based feminist collective of technologists, data scientists, creatives and academics working at the intersection of data, design and technology and one of the newest additions to the APC member network.

Seeding change: La Différence strengthens Pamoja Net, a community-owned network for people living on a remote island in DRC
Seeding change: La Différence strengthens Pamoja Net, a community-owned network for people living on a remote island in DRC 21 July 2021 APCNews

How are APC partners improving their communities' lives? By working side-by-side with the local community, La Différence builds Pamoja Net, a community-owned network providing internet access, while facilitating technological learning for youth on the island of Idjwi.

Seeding change: Point of View on rights and freedoms for all genders and sexualities
Seeding change: Point of View on rights and freedoms for all genders and sexualities 14 July 2021 APCNews

How are APC members improving their communities’ lives? Point of View's reports, research and campaigns have made meaningful contributions toward building and amplifying the voices of women and other marginalised genders and removing barriers to voice, speech and expression across India.

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