Jac sm Kee
Jac sm Kee is an internationally renowned feminist activist, writer and scholar from Malaysia. She led APC’s Women’s Rights Programme, which works to prevent online violence against women, encourages web-based gender research, and facilitates network and movement building on feminism and technology. Jac sm Kee also led the team that facilitated the development of the collectively drafted Feminist Principles of the Internet – a set of principles that outline the critical approach and issues that need to be considered in engaging and development of technology towards an ending of discrimination. Jac is one of the founders of the global and collaborative Take Back the Tech! campaign, which aims to combat digital gender violence by supporting and empowering women to take back control of technology at all levels – from use, development, design, imagination to decision-making.
In a world of escalating online gender-based violence, particularly directed towards women, Jac refreshes the conversation by arguing that the internet can be a feminist platform with great potential to mobilise movements for change – a potential that feminists should utilise and develop. Her areas of focus include internet governance, human rights and freedoms, sexuality, women’s rights, violence against women, and the creative and strategic use of communications technologies for movement building and inclusive political engagement. In addition to her work for APC, Jac sm Kee is the co-director of the Malaysian Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), a nonprofit organisation that defends freedom of speech and freedom of the media in Malaysia. She is also one of the founders of Knowledge & Rights with Young People through Safer Spaces (KRYSS), an organisation that supports the reproductive rights of young people in Malaysia. She is currently serving as a board member for the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and the New York chapter of Creating Resources for Empowerment and Action (CREA NY).
- Associate since September 2022