Gender and ICTs

The (mobile) games women play
The (mobile) games women play 13 January 2017 Neha Mathews

This piece was originally published by Deep Dives as part of the series Sexing the Interwebs While I was growing up in the sleepy town of Pune, many teenage girls made the most of their first cell phones by sending coy, flirty texts to their boyfriends and making plans about which Café Coffee Day to hang out at after school. Those blessed with early smartphones also had the privilege of uploading a new Facebook profile picture every week; the sort that racked up ‘likes’ in the hundreds. ...

It's 2016 and Facebook is still terrified of women's nipples
It's 2016 and Facebook is still terrified of women's nipples 13 January 2017 Japleen

Time and again, Facebook proves to be that Uncle who keeps telling you your skirt is too short, but keeps a stack of highly sexualized and objectifying images of women in his folder. Facebook and I have had a difficult relationship when it came to women’s bodies, especially their breasts and nipples. The first time I was banned from Facebook for 24 hours was for posting this (below) beautiful picture of an African woman on a motorcycle. Till date, this is my most favourite picture on the In...

[READING LIST] Gender, Race, Sexuality and Surveillance
[READING LIST] Gender, Race, Sexuality and Surveillance 13 January 2017 Dr. Nicole Shephard

This reading list provides an overview of recent books, articles and sources across the internet for those interested in learning more about how race, gender, and sexuality relate to surveillance. Far from comprehensive, it offers a starting point to explore how an intersectional lens and feminist attention to state, corporate, and peer surveillance practices and their differential effects on m...

Finding solutions: Using ICTs to face the climate emergency
Finding solutions: Using ICTs to face the climate emergency 13 January 2017 Sonia Randhawa

Daily reports keep coming out about the myriad ways in which our planet is changing. We are rapidly approaching the cap of 1.5 degrees Celsius agreed as the upper acceptable limit of global warming at the Paris talks in 2015. And the talks in Marrakesh that ended in November 2016 show that these trends are likely to worsen, even if all pledges are met. However, with the governments of the world...

Reshaping the internet for women
Reshaping the internet for women 09 January 2017 Flavia Fascendini

A conversation with Wikimujeres on how to [edit] the internet to make it truly for, and from, us all During the AWID International Forum in September, the Feminist Exchange Hub hosted the Wikimujeres delegation who provided several spaces around the Whose Knowledge? global campaign, aimed at making the internet truly for, and from, us all. Flavia Fascendini, from APCNews, had the chance to part...

Internet for Men?: The Digital Marginalisation of Women in Northern Nigeria
Internet for Men?: The Digital Marginalisation of Women in Northern Nigeria 08 January 2017 Y.Z. Ya'u and M.A. Aliyu

In recognition of the gender digital divide, the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) requested a member subgrant from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) to implement a project whose main goal was to raise awareness about the factors that inhibit women from using the internet, develop strategies to overcome them, and pursue the implementation of these stra...

Economic, social and cultural rights and the internet: The feminist take
Economic, social and cultural rights and the internet: The feminist take 14 December 2016

Does the internet make the realisation of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRS) a stronger possibility, especially for women and gender nonconforming people? This is the question that our edition on ESCRs and the internet seeks to answer. The Global Information Society Watch report on ESCRs looks at various contexts around the world to explore how the internet has acted largely as an ena...

ESC rights, gender and internet: Learnings from the GISWatch report
ESC rights, gender and internet: Learnings from the GISWatch report 09 December 2016

Image depicts China’s popular vlogger Papi Jiang The Global Information Society Watch report last year (GISWatch) dealt explicitly with internet and sexual rights, and this year the report examines the link between economic, social, cultural (ESC) rights and the internet. ESC rights are fundamental to movements that deal with gender – it is women, trans and gender n...

Algorithmic discrimination and the feminist politics of being in the data
Algorithmic discrimination and the feminist politics of being in the data 09 December 2016 Dr. Nicole Shephard

Image source: Gisela Giardino, Flickr Concern with the role Facebook may or may not have played in swaying the outcome of the U.S. election have given the politics of algorithms a renewed platform in public and media discourse. Critical engagements with algorithmic decision making, a lack of algorithmic accountability, and instances of algorithmic discrimination, however, did not emerge with th...

Beyond the offline-online binary – why women need a new global social contract
Beyond the offline-online binary – why women need a new global social contract 09 December 2016 Anita Gurumurthy

Original artwork by Flavia Fascendini The non-territorial, transborder Internet has overlaid layers of complexity to the human rights debate. The idea of substantive equality – a compass for human rights and the key to gender justice – must be interpreted anew as the force of digital technologies complicates the temporal-spatial nature of social relations and institutions. “The truths...

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