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In Conversation: Online Violence Bars Women and LGBTQI+ Folks' Access to the Internet in Myanmar

Lun, 12/12/2022 - 08:28

Sexism, misogyny and homophobia bars women and gender-diverse folks' access to the internet in Myanmar, leading to violence to continue to perpetuate without any repercussions for perpertrators. In this podcast, Nandar talks to a digital security expert about experiences of vulnerable people on the internet.

Commodifying Yourself For Digital Access in Malaysia

Lun, 12/12/2022 - 08:06

A short comic on the anxieties of sharing yourself and your work online, and how one has to commodify all aspects of themselves online, which can open doors to unwanted risks and online hate.

The Afghan Queer Community’s Access to The Internet Is A Double Edged Sword Under Taliban Rule

Lun, 12/12/2022 - 07:26

As the Taliban government took over Afghanistan in 2021, the already limited space for women and LGBTQI+ folks started to shrink even more. The effects were visible not only in public offline spaces, but very clearly on the internet as well, as members of the Taliban surveilled on people through their social media activities, and subjected them to physical violence. Artemis Akbary speaks to Afghan queer people about their experience of living under a conservative regime.

The Theology of Transmutation

Jue, 12/01/2022 - 12:10

Ventura Profana, a Brazilian artist and writer, narrates an Afrofuturist manifesto engagingtrans epistemology and theological studies to examine the colonial legacies and historical choreographies of the white supremacist matrix; Ventura explores the historical instrumentalisation of Christianity as a device for the maintenance of whiteness. In her artistic practice, involving digital collage, she poetically rehearses the vibrancy and technological prosperity of Afro-Travesti worlds.

Maricón-temporary strategies for socio-political impact in Latin America: technology and subversion

Jue, 12/01/2022 - 11:43

Sol Ámbar Sánchez Latorre, sociologist, writer and activist, writes about the progress of juridicial processes in Colombia, expanding on the scope of communications and digital media facilitating political mobilisation for trans, travesti and non-binary people; in her writing, she interrogates the realm of representation and exposes the ways in which violence is replicated.

There Not There ~ Metalma

Jue, 12/01/2022 - 10:44

Vita Evangelista, a non-binary new media artist, essays a poetic reflection on geolocation, the city of São Paulo, and their experience as a migrant. This autoethnographic essay, deployed between art and queer theory, explores the micro-scenarios of late capitalism in São Paulo as symptoms of cross-cutting regional politics.

Gender Diversity In STEAM: Challenges And Possibilities In Leadership For Trans Workers In Latin America

Jue, 12/01/2022 - 07:02

Tatiana Buelvas Valdiris, an expert consultant in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, writes an article from the perspective of cis-trans alliances, and how civil society organisations, the private sector, and academia can establish connections to enable labor inclusion and leadership.

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.

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