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How Platform Design Shapes Working Conditions in India: A Case Study Of Urban Company

Mar, 11/15/2022 - 10:56

Conversations about service delivery apps are usually centred around how customers experience these apps, but rarely do these discussions explore and examine the conditions service providers work in. The study by The Centre for Internet & Society analyses one platform, Urban Company, in India for its treatment of domestic workers who register on the app to provide services on the company's behalf.

A Commitment to Creativity: The Online Aesthetics of Feminist Labor [Part 2]

Lun, 11/14/2022 - 11:33

This two-part series sheds light on how art and creativity play a key role in activism in Pakistan, and provides the country's feminist movement and struggles a prominent visual aesthetics on the internet.

A Commitment to Creativity: The Online Aesthetics of Feminist Labor [Part 1]

Lun, 11/14/2022 - 11:21

This two-part series sheds light on how art and creativity play a key role in activism in Pakistan, and provides the country's feminist movement and struggles a prominent visual aesthetics on the internet.

[Opinion] Rich White Boys’ Takeover of Spaces of Organising: Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Jue, 11/10/2022 - 11:26

As rich white men like Elon Musk own and control online platforms, these spaces are becoming more and more unwelcoming for queer and marginalised people. As individuals who have made and found communities in these spaces, should we leave our place on platforms like Twitter? Dr. Nyx McLean discusses.

Navigating Identities: Experiencing Online Violence As A Shia Woman in Pakistan

Sáb, 10/29/2022 - 17:35

Shia Muslims are constantly at risk of being targeted with violence on and offline for their religious belief. And with online gender based violence routinely a problem, when Shia women and queer folks go online, they find themselves at risk of being targeted with abuse from multiple fronts as their two identities combine.

Connecting reflections through a community network's experience in Brazil

Jue, 10/20/2022 - 09:47

Community networks in quilombolas from Terra Seca/Ribeirão Grande in Brazil have been helping households to connect to the internet while serving individual needs of residents. In the backdrop of the FIRN research exploring the same, the authors discuss how these community-led networks connect communities with technology.

Sentient Bots and the Mystique of Personhood

Mié, 10/19/2022 - 11:44

A Google engineer claimed that an AI bot has become sentient. Is that a possibility? Can a program designed and trained by a human develop the ability to feel human-like feelings? Priyadarshini John explores. 

Lack Of A Data Protection Law Puts Indian Abortion Seekers At Risk

Lun, 10/10/2022 - 13:47

India recently withdrew its data protection bill, putting the data of over a billion people at risk. The already vulnerable individuals became more susceptible to data misuse, especially those already under threat of being targeted for personal choices or identities. This article explores how lack of data protection puts abortion seekers at risk in a society that rejects abortions.

Iranian Women’s Fight For Right To Life And Freedom Faces Surveillance, Internet Shutdowns, Violence And Murders

Lun, 10/03/2022 - 08:25

In Iran, women are protesting to demand bodily autonomy and their right to live, in the wake of the state-backed murder of a 22-year-old Mahsa Amini by the morality police. The government is responding by killing more women, attacking protestors and censoring the internet to contain the information.

Discussing Ethics of Care, Intersectionality and Power Dynamics in the Feminist Research Work

Vie, 09/30/2022 - 20:19

When conducting feminist research, it is important to acknowledge various intersectionalities, as well as ethics of care, challenges and all the dynamic interconnections in the process. The FIRN partners explore these themes in their research through the years.

Too Much Freaky Sex: Online Platforms As Ways To Talk About Sex Positivity

Jue, 09/22/2022 - 13:35

Sex positivity is being rejected by many now given how it is portrayed as something that requires hypersexualised expressions rather than understanding the nuances of what it actually entails. Tiffany Mugo discusses how podcasts are revisiting sex positivity through storytelling.

Mirror, Mirror on the Phone: How Social Media Beauty Filters Impact South Asian Women

Jue, 09/15/2022 - 11:24

Young women in South Asia struggle with the society's obsession of fair skin and eurocentric features all their lives, so beauty filters on social media apps have been providing them what many home remedies have failed to offer. But how are these tech solutions impacting their self-esteem? Areej Akhtar discusses.

For Queer People in Pakistan, Pride Flags On Social Media May Be Doing More Harm Than Good

Mar, 08/23/2022 - 07:40

As the world celebrates Pride month every June, in Pakistan, this celebration brings hate and violence to the community. The writer explores how seemingly innocuous expression of queerness and support for the community has opened doors of violence on individuals on the intern

Digital Technologies in the Abortion Rights Movement

Mié, 08/17/2022 - 22:04

In light of the illegal status of safe abortion, abortion seekers turn to the internet to access credible related information. Shruti Arora discusses how women in India and Poland challenge the abortion ban, and how online resources help them seek authentic information for safe abortion.

The Case of Selective Morality, Sexist Laws and Online Censorship in Pakistan

Mar, 07/19/2022 - 08:53

Internet censorship in the name of morality in Pakistan is rampant, and the trend continues to grow as new laws and regulations are introduced. But just a cursory look at this trend reveals that the censorship is not just vague, but also sexist, targeting women's expression and experiences online.

Can Black African Women Finally Hack The System Through Their Digital Feminism?

Jue, 07/14/2022 - 09:13

Young Black women are moving away from the "Stong Black Woman" narrative, and using online platforms to redefine digital feminism for them. Fungai Machirori explores how one young Black woman is attempting to hack the system. But is it working?

Understanding Hate and Hate Speech: What does it mean for women and other oppressed groups?

Mié, 04/27/2022 - 12:57

Living under constant fear of being targeted with religious hate and hate speech is a shared experience of Sri Lanka’s Muslim community. In this podcast, journalist and researcher Sara Pathirana talks to Sheikh Arkam Nooramith – a Sri Lankan Islamic scholar, and Ms. Hafsah Muheed – an experienced professional working on gender-based violence and women’s health, about how the community deals with threats by focusing on the message of peace and love.

Hate Speech in the Philippines

Mié, 04/27/2022 - 12:23

Gender-based violence is prevalent in Philippines, and it is targeted towards young girls, women and LGBTQI+ communities not just in public spaces by state leaders and known individuals, but also in more private online settings. Impunity in many cases have only enabled perpetrators to continue the violence. This set of comic strips highlights different kinds of gender-based hate speech in the Philippines, and emphasises on collective efforts to fight back.

404 Love Error

Mié, 04/27/2022 - 11:53

Despite a boom in dating apps geared towards Muslim community, expectations of “morality” from Muslim women makes dating, and particularly online dating, a daunting experience. This comic strip explores how women are blamed for the intimate partner violence while they also face a barrage of abuse, and adds a layer of religiosity to the discussion that sets strict moral grounds only for women.

We Rise, We Heal, We Resist

Mar, 03/22/2022 - 17:20

Indonesia has celebrated gender diversity even before the country's independence. This is indicated by the existence of five genders in the Bugis (South Sulawesi) tradition, namely: Makunrai (female), Oroane (Male), Calabai (Male with women soul), Calalai (Female with man soul) and Bissu. During the Old Order in Indonesia, some of these groups were targeted, and in the contemporary, there are still remnants of how people are denied freedom of expression around sexuality, and face hate and repression.

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