imagine a feminist internet

Giving my spirit voice: Interview with Helen Nyinakiiza

Namita on 17 Mar 2017
An interview with Helen Nyinakiiza, who has recently joined Association for Progressive Communication as an individual member. Helen is a passionate digital security trainer, and in this interview she talks about the use of technology and internet rights in Uganda, the digital divide around gender and region, and how she does her trainings.

Feminist autonomous infrastructure in the internet battlefield: From Zombies to Ninjas

Ganesh on 22 Feb 2017
The Distributed Denial of Women strike borrows the metaphor of the DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack as a radical and subversive tool by activists, but currently DDOS attacks powered by zombie-bots are part of the anarcho-capitalist economies of the internet. Ganesh in their article unpacks the many levels at which gendered labour is extracted, and while positing feminist autonomous infrastructures as an alternative, points to the flaws and the contradictions in the movement and civil society as well.

A painting of an African feminist internet

Irene Kagoya on 9 Feb 2017
Addressing the internet gender divide in Africa can only be achieved through the deliberate creation of a feminist internet, and this was affirmed by the Gender and Internet Governance eXchange (gigX) workshop that was held on 10 October 2016 in Durban. We need a feminist internet that works to empower all of us in our diversities, creates equal power relations, and dismantles patriarchy in all of its forms.

Defining their place: Gender at the Internet Governance Forum 2016

Smita on 18 Jan 2017
The Internet Governance Forum has been valuable as a multistakeholder space that facilitates the discussion and dialogue of public policy issues pertaining to the Internet. Over the years several feminists, activists and others interested in diverse representation have been participating in IGF and observing how concerns related to gender, sexuality, and the internet are raised and addressed. Smita Vanniyar writes a short report on IGF 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and how gender and sexuality are still largely a concern for the women activists and queer people present, rather than for all.

Technology as lingua franca: Interview with Caroline Tagny

Bianca Baldo on 15 Nov 2016
A detailed conversation with activist and writer Caroline Tagny on the various campaigns that she has been part of with Take Back the Tech. The interviewer, Bianca Baldo, focuses on the politics of language in these various campaigns and the importance of content in local language to connect to and bring together people and movements. The role of French as both a language of the colonial oppressor and a common language in countries in West and Central Africa and parts of Canada has particularly played out in these campaigns.

[COLUMN] The Gender Binary: Thank you!

Nadika on 22 Sep 2016
The word Impostor keeps coming up every time a trans woman writes about herself. It is there, just below the surface, despite all the estrogen and progesterone, under all the skin-colour foundation and pink lipstick and shiny earrings. It is behind the pads on our breast, cushioning the tender nipples. The feeling, and the word - impostor. We are impostors when we try to be us, and when we try to be what you think we are.

Feminism online in West and Central Africa: Identities and digital colonisation

Caroline Tagny on 31 May 2016
This article examines the challenges that women's rights and sexual rights activists face in online feminist organising and participation in internet governance decision-making processes in West and Central Africa. It focuses particularly on linguistic barriers, and the expression of sexual or gender non-conforming identities in a context of digital colonisation in the sub-region.

Data: The new four-letter word for feminism

Anita Gurumurthy on 31 May 2016
The discourse of data in network capitalism has unleashed an ethical crisis of self and society. As the all-pervasive grids of surveillance and big data ideology take over control of social behaviour and democratic politics, women seem to be increasingly disciplined by state authority and neoliberal capital alike. Can feminism offer a way out?

[EDITORIAL] Feminist Principles of the Internet: Two years later

Dhyta Caturani on 31 May 2016
Two years after the initial birth of the Feminist Principles of the Internet, Dhyta helps us frame this edition where we see how feminists put the principles into practice in their own contexts. “As an evolving document, we need to constantly revisit it to make sure that it stays relevant, or else we should clarify, revise or even change it in accordance with the new circumstances and our needs,” she emphasises.

Three key issues for a feminist internet: Access, agency and movements

GenderIT.org on 23 May 2016
The Feminist Principles of the Internet arose from the first Imagine a Feminist Internet meeting in 2014 in Malaysia. The meeting brought together 52 women's rights, sexual rights and internet rights activists from six continents to discuss one question: "As feminists, what kind of internet do we want, and what will it take for us to achieve it?" The principles cover the topics of access, agency, expression, economy, movements and public participation. In this edition, we have inv ted partners from our #ImagineaFeministInternet network to dive into the topics of *access, agency and movements* and weave in some of the conversations that took place at the second Imagine a Feminist Internet meeting in July 2015.

The Do-It-Yourself Feminist Internet: Cyber feminist actions from Latin America

Florencia Goldsman on 19 May 2016
Informed by resistance, dissident identities, intersectional approaches, issues of sexuality and universal access to the internet, we seek a collective answer to the question: Is a feminist internet possible? This reflection is a joint undertaking with Latin American women activists advocating freer and more equitable technologies and working to saturate the net with feminist content and decolonise the media.

JOIN OUR AWID FORUM PRE-EVENT: IMAGINE A FEMINIST INTERNET

GenderIT.org on 5 May 2016
Are you attending the AWID Forum this coming September in Brazil? Take Back the Tech! will be there for a one-day pre-event on September 7 - right before the forum starts. The event is called Imagine a Feminist Internet and is open to women's rights activists and techies who are interested in exploring the growing impact of technology on our politics, movements, and futures.

Virtual reality pornography and tech-related violence against women: To boldly go have sex where no one has done it before!

Bianca Baldo on 4 Apr 2016
The impact of virtual reality porn is relatively unknown but it might be a game changer.

Imagine a Feminist Internet: Reflections on freedom of expression and mysoginistic online content

Dhyta Caturani on 20 Sep 2015
This video by Dhyta Caturani from Engage Media features Sheena Magenya and Naomi Fontanos speaking about online mysoginistic content and its relation to freedom of expression, while attending the second Imagine a Feminist Internet in Malaysia, July 2015.

Women in Africa and expression on the internet

Sheena G. Magenya on 15 Sep 2015
We all have an interesting relationship with the internet. In many ways, our current relationships with the internet are indicators of the socio-cultural, economic and political contexts that we live and work in. For many women in the east and southern parts of Africa, our relations with the internet are deeply classed, with women living in urban and semi-urban areas having easier and more access to the internet, either via cybercafés or through WAP-enabled phones. Younger women too are more tech savvy and have more access to the internet than older women, and other women living in rural parts of the continent.
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