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Sharing human and internet bandwidth of a community network in the middle of a pandemic

Mon, 12/13/2021 - 13:36

In Vale do Ribeira, São Paulo, Brazil, a group of ecological, quilombola farmer women, in partnership with two feminist organisations: APC and Sempreviva Organização Feminista (SOF), managed to deploy and operate their Wi-Fi mesh network. Bruna Zanolli highlights the importance of building trust, empathy and feminist guidelines in the community so that their internet infrastructure could contribute to creating resilience and not only access to communications and information to the quilombola families.

The Tower

Sun, 12/12/2021 - 18:47

Marcela Guerra shakes us through her tarot card “The Tower”, raising awareness of the urgent need for a fresh start, for human-centred societies and infrastructures, or perish as Mother Nature agonises, and inequalities are exacerbated.

Community networks: states, solutions and communities

Sun, 12/12/2021 - 17:48

Upasana Bhattacharjee further builds on this notion of community network not only as a local connectivity infrastructure serving the unserved people and rural areas left out by markets or states, but mainly as a social actor that builds knowledge, autonomy and agency at the local level, through a community-owned infrastructure and organized operation.

Cyber law in Zambia: should it be repelled? Thoughts from a female human rights defender

Fri, 12/10/2021 - 14:09

This article provides insights into the recently passed Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act, 2021 in Zambia, from the perspective of Laura Miti, an award-winning human rights defender. Mitri alerts on how this act gives sweeping powers to the government to hush criticism of any kind and curtail freedom of expression and privacy.

What can digital surveillance teach us about online gender-based violence?

Mon, 11/01/2021 - 15:15

The article argues that digital surveillance is part of gendered and racist disciplinary structures, that manifest in specific forms of online gender-based violence experienced by black Muslim women influencers.

EROTICS Regional Survey learnings (2): understanding access and expression, and negotiating differences

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 15:57

Srinidhi Raghavan, coordinator of the EROTICS Regional Survey 2020, shares her learnings from cross-country feminist research on internet and sexuality through the lens of the Feminist Principles of the Internet.

EROTICS Regional Survey learnings (1): reflections on feminist internet research design

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 15:32

Srinidhi Raghavan, coordinator of the EROTICS Regional Survey 2020, shares her learnings from cross-country feminist research on internet and sexuality in South Asia. In this first part, the researcher reflects around identity, community agency and language.

Learning digital security as a “non-techie”

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 23:53

This article expresses personal experience of navigating the digital space and learning about digital security in a world filled with neurotypical upper caste people in authority.

A mine-ridden internet and six rules for understanding anti-rights narratives

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 15:00

Florencia Goldsman reviews the study "Engendering Hate: The contours of state-aligned gendered disinformation online", adding pieces to the puzzle of targeted digital violence that undermines women and LGBTIQ+ people online presences.


These are just some of the ways women and LGBTQ+ people make the internet healthier

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 14:17

What can be done to make the internet healthier? Some of the most compelling answers arise in the very communities that experience the worst online violence plaguing the internet.

Can social media platforms tackle online violence without structural change?

Tue, 08/17/2021 - 14:53

We welcome Facebook, Google, TikTok and Twitter commitments 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 from the surface.

Transgender Act in India: A law that replicates existing challenges with digitisation?

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 22:14

In India, the digitisation drive of services interlinked with offline violence, marginalisation and stigma make it almost impossible for transgender persons to be considered as people who deserve equal rights. Through the provisions mentioned in the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2019, this article gives us a glimpse of human rights violations and denial of a life with dignity.

The identity predicament: a story about statelessness and the fight for denied rights

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 21:27

The system of integrated biometric database in Kenya, Huduma Namba, exposes multilayered challenges of statelessness, loss of basic human rights and availing government services. Through conversations with Mariam, a Nubian woman, we learn about the tedious and extremely long waiting period to obtain an ID card, without which people from ethnic minorities are not counted as citizens, and are pushed to the margins.

When our work doesn't fit metrics: for another way to count women on Wikipedia

Fri, 06/04/2021 - 20:59

The Wikipedia gender gap has been well documented for a decade. But are women in the Wikimedia movement in the same situation as a few years ago? What has changed and what still needs to be done?

Queer on the Internet: The Politics of Visibility

Thu, 05/27/2021 - 21:00

In this article, three queer-identifying internet users from Pakistan, talk about queer (in)visibility and the precarity of private online spaces for expression.

Approaching the fight against autocracy with feminist principles of freedom

Thu, 05/27/2021 - 19:00

This article examines the #FreeSenegal protests from a feminist perspective, depicting women's erasure from movements and revolutions in the African continent, and the prevalence of rape culture and sexual violence – even amidst anti-oppression protests.

South Korea: Censorship of telemedical services as a form of denying abortion access

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 20:04

When countries invoke peripheral laws such as pharmaceutical violations or conscientious objection clauses as justification for blocking, restricting, or limiting abortion access, they are invariably creating additional barriers, not upholding legal integrity.

Gender, diversity and inclusion in open source communities

Thu, 04/29/2021 - 18:55

The code, although open, is not neutral with respect to who contributes and for what. What happens to our contributions when we reveal our gender or sexuality? How can a project in which a significant portion of the work is invisible and not counted really be “free” and open source?

The contribution of bell hooks and Paulo Freire to the construction of community networks

Tue, 03/30/2021 - 15:16

In this article, Daiane Araujo discuss the link between popular education and community networks, and argues that class, race and gender should be part of the analysis in the implementation of autonomous infrastructure and technical training dedicated to digitally excluded communities.

Predation or innovation?

Mon, 03/08/2021 - 21:09

This piece is part of a series where Julia Keseru explores the connection between our online systems and bodily integrity, and the long term effects of digital innovation on our collective well-being.

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