Joining the dots: Gender, ICTs and...

We are facing a climate emergency. In this column series, GenderIT is joining millions of other groups and individuals in building hope in the face of this fear. First we examine why climate change and the contributions of the ICT industry to climate change have a gender dimension, and why gender and ICT policy needs to build in climate awareness. In other words, just like gender, climate change is a cross-cutting issue that should be taken into account in all policy initiatives.
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Sonia Randhawa

Sonia Randhawa is the member of GenderIT.org's pool of writers. She produces a community radio...

Feminist Tech Tools

A feminist internet can mean many things, it means that everyone has affordable, unconditional, open, meaningful and equal access to the internet; it means acknowledging that attacks, threats, intimidation, and policing experienced by women and queers is real, harmful, and alarming; it means that the right to free expression for women and queers; and it includes principles on access, movements, public participation, resistance, free and open source software, anonymity, agency and so on.
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Zara Rahman

Zara is a researcher, writer and linguist who is interested in the intersection of power, culture...

Curfew on Solidarities: Interviews with...

Social media is both the space for building a new language to speak about Kashmir in terms of occupation, resistance, settler colonialism or separatist movements, and it also is a technology of control for the Indian government. Banning certain websites and people and blocking the internet for periods extending to weeks is seen as completely acceptable ways of dealing with the "Kashmir crisis".
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Namita

Namita is a writer and legal researcher. She divides her time between Bengaluru in India and the...

I delete myself: anonymity and...

The fact that the Internet allows women to be anonymous has greatly aided in increased freedom of expression as well as in combating sexual discrimination, violence as well as domestic abuse. Even with the points in favour of right to anonymity being far and wide, it is not seen as a priority in many countries. Human rights activists and the civil society are only beginning to acknowledge that the lack of anonymity directly infringes on freedom of speech and expression.
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Smita

Smita is a queer feminist, currently working at Point of View, India, on gender, sexuality and...

Beyond the Numbers: Gender and Access...

Access is a right. In June this year, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution that condemns "measures to intentionally prevent or disrupt access to or dissemination of information online" and affirmed that "the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online." But what does access really mean? How important is it to women, especially to marginalized women?

5 reasons why surveillance is a...

Contemporary surveillance practices are to a large extent big data driven, underpinned by a collect-it-all logic, and ever expanding due to fear-mongering, yet pervasive national security discourse. Surveillance technologies and practices have not only multiplied in scale and quantity. Too often, feminist issues on the one hand, and discussions around privacy and surveillance on the other still feel like separate domains. What follows is an attempt at emphasising that thinking them together makes a lot of sense.
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Dr. Nicole Shephard

Dr Nicole Shephard, member of the Engenderings editorial collective, completed her PhD at LSE,...