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

Kéfir, 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. In this interview, they talked with APC about trust, fear and the need to create digital neighbourhoods. APCNews: You often mention the words “trust” and “fear” as key to your work. Can you...

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 is the focus of an event taking place between 3 and 6 October in Port Dickson, Malaysia.  APC is collaborating with Mama Cash, CREA, FRIDA, Urgent Action Fund, Astraea and EMPOWER Malaysia to organise this four-day event, which will bring together more than 80 participants, mainly feminist activists from different regions and backgrounds, to reflect, question, imagine and create by asking ourselves and each other: H...

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, an issue particularly pressing in countries like Pakistan. Among the latest resources to respond to online attacks, a new platform has been launched by APC member Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD). Muavin's beta version was presented in Islamabad on 13 September. This tool...

"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. The title of this edition – "We cannot be what we cannot see" is taken from Ker...

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

On 24 April 2016, more than 70,000 tweets through multiple hashtags coalesced into the largest street protest across multiple cities in Mexico against gender-based violence. In India, Dalit women are foregrounding their realities on the agenda for change, forging political kinship between movements and distances by deftly employing social media and art in their strategies. In South Africa, univ...

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. Many of us have long called for more transparency around Facebook's content moderation so we can better understand gender-based violence that happens on the platform and provide feedback. Although Facebook has made some improvements1, these documents confirm that it's oft...

EMPOWER Malaysia
EMPOWER Malaysia 03 August 2017

EMPOWER (also known as Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor) is a Malaysian human rights group working towards a society where there is equality and a thriving democracy that respects diversity. They focus on promoting and supporting actions that advance justice and democracy, based on feminist and human rights principles, to enable women and youth to realise their own potential. Featured...

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

What began as a small fundraising drive in July 2017 or Kéfir, a feminist libre tech co-op, has transformed into exploring the importance of feminist infrastructure in Latin America. Tune into this ongoing conversation we will be nurturing here in the near future. You can also check out the “From steel to skin" manifesto that Vedeta member Fernanda Monteiro and Nadége co-founder Kéfir jamm...

What do women’s rights have to do with the SDGs and the internet?
What do women’s rights have to do with the SDGs and the internet? 02 August 2017

Women are not a homogenous group and our access to technology is also affected by a number of other factors such as age, class, caste, race, ethnicity, income, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, abilities, urban or rural locality, etc. Therefore, we have to overcome multiple discriminations in order to gain access. These include, but are not limited to, the high cost of dev...

Due diligence and accountability for online violence against women
Due diligence and accountability for online violence against women 31 July 2017 Zarizana Abdul Aziz

This paper explores what online violence against women is; what can be done to stem and ultimately eliminate it; and whose responsibility it is to do so. It does this by building upon the issues identified in two research projects, namely the research on state accountability to eliminate violence against women by the Due Diligence Project (DDP) and the research on corporate and state remedies f...

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