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No Photos Please: Dating & Hooking Up Via Grindr And Notions of Self-Worth

ven, 01/18/2019 - 11:11

The second in a series on queerness and privacy, this article explores the relevance of what is legally understood as privacy in the lives of queer people and communities living in the "global South". In this article, the contradictions between online dating for queer and gay people and the precarity of their daily lives is explored.

Five tips for a successful edit-a-thon on gender

jeu, 12/20/2018 - 09:50

Do you want to organise an edit-a-thon around gender, women in STEM, movements and feminist histories of organising or anything else? Here are a list of (5 and more) things to watch out for - including the safety of your participants and how to navigate the tricky but sometimes essential rules of editing content on Wikipedia. 

Queerness and Privacy[1]: Baby I Love It When You Never Hold Back From Me

sam, 12/15/2018 - 07:24

What is the social and cultural understanding of privacy? In the wake of the judgments on decriminalising homosexuality and assuring people of their right to privacy, one writer ponders on the value of privacy in relation to the lived realities of queer and gay people.

TBTT Global Meet, Nepal: An illustrated journey with questionable accuracy/a love letter to the gathering

ven, 12/07/2018 - 08:08

An illustrated journal and love letter to the feminists, hackers, women, gender-diverse, astrology-believers, radical nay-sayers, hikers, sleepers, vegans, beef-eaters, and everyone else who gathered in Nepal for the Take back the Tech and Feminist Tech Exchange camps in August 2018.

healing shamelessly

ven, 12/07/2018 - 07:56

Beyond saying that we as activists and feminists need self-care, how do we reach this space within ourselves? Here is one person's journey.

5 thoughts on online content moderation from an insider

mer, 11/21/2018 - 08:23

What does content moderation on social media actually entail - how much artificial intelligence and human labour is being used, who is responsible for decisions around the removal of content or about what complaints to ignore? An insider from social media companies shares 5 concise insights on how social media giants actually work. 

More To Do: Technology-Facilitated Gender-Based Violence in the Philippines

mar, 11/20/2018 - 13:27

This article maps the legal mechanisms to deal with online and technology-facilitated gender-based violence in the Philippines. While a number of laws have evolved to deal with forms of online abuse and violence, such as cyberbullying of students, there are still gaps in relation to what women are facing online. 

Melt down of protections for data and privacy in Tanzania for LGBTQIA and others

jeu, 11/15/2018 - 16:32

The clampdown on gays and non-heteronormative people in Tanzania has been in the news and while it seems like it is the agenda of certain groups and people in the government, it is essential to examine what are the privacy, data and censorship implications of targeting LGBTQIA+ people online.


jeu, 11/15/2018 - 10:06

Online abuse and harassment prevents women from realising their full rights online. In this article we look at specific instances of harassment of women online in Ghana, and what needs to be done to ensure full and meaningful internet access for women.

What can Ghana do about the harassment faced by women online

mar, 11/06/2018 - 15:53

Women in Ghana, ordinary women and celebrities, have dealt with harassment and violence online, but there is minimal effort by the government currently to effectively address this problem. The suggestion seems to be that self-censorship should solve such problems faced by women.

Feminism 101 by Sister Anita [Comic]

jeu, 11/01/2018 - 11:24

In the first of a three-part comic series, Sister Anita schools a man about the basics of feminism!

Shaping the internet we want: Gender perspectives on FIFAfrica 2018

mer, 10/24/2018 - 11:21

The annual Forum on Internet Freedom, Africa brings together people from across the African continent to to deliberate on gaps, concerns and opportunities for advancing privacy, access to information, free expression, non-discrimination and the free flow of information online on the continent. But what about gender perspectives? 

The Politics of Self Care and Feminism

jeu, 10/18/2018 - 11:41

What is self-care in a time of hyper-connected people and devices and of image-saturated capitalism and what does it mean to speak about self-care in relation to feminist politics and the women's movement. Sharanya examines the politics of self-care arising from many discussions with activists, writers and campaigners.

Social Media: The New Frontier for ICT – facilitated Violence against Women

jeu, 10/18/2018 - 10:50

Non consensual circulation or sharing of intimate intimages or non consensual pornography is becoming increasingly prevalent. Here Bonface Witaba shares few studies on this viral social phenomenon, what steps have been taken and are likely to be taken in the context of Kenya, on a global scale and by social media companies to address the problem.

Getting woke about getting laid: A HOLAAfrica sex positive experience

mer, 10/17/2018 - 11:51

How to start a sex-positive conversation around queerness, sensuality and sexuality, gender expression, and even violence? HOLAAfrica is one platform that shows us how to do it. From pleasure manuals to podcasts to articles, the platform raises and discusses several sensitive issues and concerns relevant to African women, gender non-conforming persons and sexual minorities.

Sanitary Panels on sexual harassment

mar, 10/16/2018 - 08:57

In the wake of recent accusations of rampant sexual harassment at the workplace in various industries in India - including journalism, advertising, academia, development and many others - Sanitary Panels explores what patriarchy has huge tolerance for. [comic]

Keywords of the internet: The fraying edges of algorithmic production

mar, 10/09/2018 - 11:06

In this column series we unpack keywords relevant to the internet and the digital age. Here we look at algorithms, their origin in the work of Ada Lovelace. At how they are a series of steps in a process, how they enfold consequences. And lastly we ask - can we talk about feminist algorithms?

Mentoring women in technology: Laying out the landscape

lun, 10/08/2018 - 13:03

Equity in digital access in Africa is far from being a reality. There is also paucity of women in technology related careers and more broadly in STEM. In this column, Nodumo Dhlamini will explore the necessity for mentoring of women to make them confident users and implementers of ICT tools and solutions.

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