Gender and ICTs

New APC member Kéfir: "We need to create together digital neighbourhoods where we can operate without fear"
New APC member Kéfir: "We need to create together digital neighbourhoods where we can operate without fear" 26 September 2017

Kefir, based in Mexico, is a free/libre tech feminist cooperative for activists, human right defenders, journalists, civil society organisations, collectives and artists that aims to build safe and free (as in freedom) spaces on the internet. In August 2017, they joined the APC network. 

Making a Feminist Internet: Movement Building in a Digital Age in Port Dickson, Malaysia
Making a Feminist Internet: Movement Building in a Digital Age in Port Dickson, Malaysia 22 September 2017

Making a Feminist Internet: Movement Building in a Digital Age will be taking place between 3 and 6 October in Port Dickson, Malaysia.

Intersection between women’s rights and internet governance in Uganda
Intersection between women’s rights and internet governance in Uganda 19 September 2017 Godfrey Kayobyo, Peter Fuuna, Moses Owiny and Zavuga Amuriat

The internet is recognized as a potentially transformative space. However, lack of integration of women’s rights and sexual rights perspectives in internet governance conversations and processes was identified as a key factor limiting the internet to fulfill its potential as transformative space for all. This policy brief provides recommendations for policy processes to ensure equal part...

Muavin, a community-based solution for fighting online harassment in Pakistan
Muavin, a community-based solution for fighting online harassment in Pakistan 14 September 2017

Women journalists and human rights defenders face increasing abuse and harassment while using the internet. Among the latest resources to respond to online attacks, a new platform called Muavin has been launched by APC member in Pakistan Media Matters for Democracy with support of an APC grant.

Uganda's ICT Laws and Policies from a Gender Perspective
Uganda's ICT Laws and Policies from a Gender Perspective 11 September 2017 Moses Owiny and Zavuga G. Amuriat (editors)

WOUGNET in partnership with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) conducted a desk review to ascertain the gender responsiveness of ICT policies and laws and create advocacy and awareness surrounding the need for more participation of women in ICT discussions, policies and decision making processes.

"We cannot be what we cannot see": GenderIT.org maps gaps in research in gender and information society
"We cannot be what we cannot see": GenderIT.org maps gaps in research in gender and information society 11 September 2017

The articles in this bilingual edition point to how visibility, a complicated phenomenon in itself, is the starting point of a different way of being, and how the stories we tell – entangled in the fine wires of technology – are necessary and essential, and could be the foundations for the movement for change.

Making a feminist internet: Movement building in a digital age
Making a feminist internet: Movement building in a digital age 29 August 2017

APC in collaboration with Mamacash, CREA, FRIDA, Urgent Action Fund, Astraea and AWID is organising a 4-day convening to discuss and reflect on how movement building in a digital age is expressed in different locations in the social justice landscape. Apply!

Statement on Facebook's internal guidelines for content moderation
Statement on Facebook's internal guidelines for content moderation 11 August 2017 APC and others

In late May the Guardian released the Facebook Files, leaked internal documents revealing how the company moderates content. Although Facebook has made some improvements, these documents confirm that it's often one step forward, one step back, as the platform continues to censor women's agency, especially women of colour and especially in relation to activism, while letting harassment flou...

EMPOWER Malaysia
EMPOWER Malaysia 03 August 2017

EMPOWER is a Malaysian human rights group working towards a society where there is equality and a thriving democracy that respects diversity. They focus on women's leadership, participation and human rights.

An ongoing conversation on feminist autonomous infrastructure: Erika Smith and Kéfir
An ongoing conversation on feminist autonomous infrastructure: Erika Smith and Kéfir 02 August 2017

Autonomous infrastructure addresses many levels: resilience, shifting this framework of understanding security and protection towards caring communities but really, at the end of the day, we easily fall into the dynamics of people expecting things from others perceived as experts