ESC rights, gender and internet: Learnings from the GISWatch report

Namita on 07 Dec 2016 | 148views
The GISWatch report 2016 looks at the link between economic, social, cultural (ESC) rights and the internet in several countries, and from a multitude of systems of governance, whether that of socialism and the welfare state, or the semi-functional welfare schemes in parts of Asia and Africa (Uganda, Cambodia), and even the relatively privileged parts of the world, like Spain. Here is a synthesis of the reports that deal with gender, sexual orientation, sexuality and women human rights defenders.

Algorithmic discrimination and the feminist politics of being in the data

Dr. Nicole Shephard on 05 Dec 2016 | 329views
Global data volume has grown exponentially in recent years and experts expect this trend to continue. The wider trend towards the pervasive datafication of our lives is not one we can just sit out. Big data and the algorithmic decisions it feeds permeate citizenship, healthcare, welfare states, education, finance, law enforcement as well as the ways in which we shop, travel, and live our social lives. They can take on a benign air of innovation and efficiency but also carry an intrinsic baggage of surveillance and control.

Beyond the offline-online binary – why women need a new global social contract

Anita Gurumurthy on 05 Dec 2016 | 262views
The non-territorial, transborder Internet has added layers of complexity to the human rights debate. The idea of substantive equality – a compass for human rights and the key to gender justice – must be interpreted anew and afresh, as the force of digital technologies complicates the nature of social relations and institutions. The easy binary divisions of online and offline cease to make sense in an increasingly digitised world.

Digital Storytelling: All our stories are true and they are ours!

Jennifer Radloff on 13 Nov 2016 | 964views
It is a sacred act to tell and to listen to stories. Some of our stories are rooted so deep in our cells, psyches and hearts, that it takes an act of courage to find the words to tell them. We each contain a multitude of stories that shape and make us who we are. It can also be a political act to tell a story. We conceptualise digital story telling as a recording and documentation method which foregrounds the voice and experiences of story tellers as primary in the process of storytelling.

[COLUMN] Joining the dots: ICT sweatshops facing the heat

Sonia Randhawa on 10 Nov 2016 | 410views
This month's column by Sonia Randhawa looks at intersections between ICTs, gender and climate change through the lens of the women working in the software, rather than the hardware side of things. While many of the big companies in North America have taken steps to ensure that the energy for data processing comes from renewable sources, the question remains what is the environmental impact and effect of climate change on BPOs and call centre industry in the global South.

Its 2016 and Facebook is still terrified of women's nipples

Japleen on 10 Nov 2016 | 518views
Facebook's arbitrary policy on women's nipples has angered many, who find their content removed or accounts suspended or banned. Japleen Pasricha writes about being repeatedly 'punished' by Facebook for posting content on the social media platform that is feminist and bold, about young women growing up and even images of protest by women in Manipur against the oppression of the Indian army and the rape of women.

[COLUMN] The Gender Binary: TERFs, terms and conditions

Nadika on 04 Nov 2016 | 589views
Is the internet a playground for sexual identities, or also where new sources of shame and anxiety are found? Nadika in this month's column explores the complexity of different online labels or identities, including that of shemale. She writes about the inspiring journeys of trans women, how they came to adopt or reject labels and identities, and their idea of transgender femininity. Through their activism and writing they have shown how trans identities are oppressed by patriarchy and global capitalism.

[READING LIST] Gender, Race, Sexuality and Surveillance

Dr. Nicole Shephard on 28 Oct 2016 | 642views
This reading list provides an overview of recent books, articles and sources across the internet for those interested in learning more about how race, gender, and sexuality relate to surveillance. Far from comprehensive, it offers a starting point to explore how an intersectional lens and feminist attention to state, corporate, and peer surveillance practices and their differential effects on marginalised groups is timely and important.

The (mobile) games women play

Neha Mathews on 21 Oct 2016 | 1,359views
Games on mobile phones are often a disregarded area of study, because it is relatively cheap and less glamorous than video games. But global consumer spending on mobile gaming in 2015 was estimated to be worth 34.8 billion dollars, and there have been several reports talking about how India is on the ‘verge of a mobile gaming boom’. What the numbers often fail to mention is that a large chunk of people playing mobile games are women.

[COLUMN] Joining the dots: Labour, sustainability, resilience in gender and climate change

Sonia Randhawa on 17 Oct 2016 | 782views
What is the connection between labour unions, women workers and climate change? This monthly column on connecting the dots between climate change and gender, explores the exploitative conditions that are still prevalent in the electronics industry. While workers in Pearl River delta in China may no longer face sweatshop conditions, the production has shifted to other poorer parts and most often to women workers.

Feminist politics of freedom of speech - Reflections on session in AWID 2016

hvale on 08 Oct 2016 | 1,077views
The discourse on technology related violence against women is often pulled into debate vis-a-vis freedom of expression. This article attempts to unpack the possibility of looking at this debate different - to articulate what is the feminist politics of free speech. Does it go beyond the protection of the right as currently imagined, to open up the possibilities of those who are marginalized, excluded and victims of violence also getting to exercise their right to free speech.

We can't do it alone: Connections at AWID 2016

Namita on 06 Oct 2016 | 2,654views
In such massive gatherings often the plenary session rings a bit empty or hollow, like background noise to other more real conversations taking place. AWID was different in that its massive burst of energy and radical politics was most often from the plenary sessions. This article explores the sessions at AWID held by Dalit women, Romani women, Rojava/Kobane women, and others.

Public. Autonomous. Anonymous. Group. Sexting. At AWID 2016. Oh yeah!

erika on 05 Oct 2016 | 1,091views
"Welcome to the Feminist Internet eXchange Hub! Make sure you come back tonight for some group sexting - public, autonomous, anonymous, group sexting!" we called to women as they stumbled in to explore our feminist internet exchange space at AWID Feminist Futures Forum, 2016. Sometimes they grinned and asked "what time!?", sometimes their cheeks reddened and they looked away abruptly. Most were like - "Huh?"

The backbone of our thirsty complicities: from internet hiccups to collective synapsis at AWID 2016

Ganesh on 05 Oct 2016 | 849views
Not being able to connect online has geopolitical and infrastructural dimensions. On the one hand, we face the challenge to defend internet as a common good, beyond the claws of Capitalism and Patriarchy; on the other hand, we encounter the possibility of creating and engaging in other landscapes. Bringing to life places (though sometimes ephemeral) like the Feminist Internet Exchange FixHub in AWID Forum is of extreme relevance.

Tools for movement builders: ICT Toolkit and We Rise – Just Associates

Jennifer Radloff on 04 Oct 2016 | 565views
Central to the toolkit is how to develop a feminist communication strategy whilst making safe and sustainable choices amongst the array of available ICT tools. Rooted in the experience and contexts of women activists in southern Africa, the toolkit links our activism and organising that happens in person and “offline” to the tools of the online world. Especially since the online world creates powerful ways to make visible our campaigns in new and wider spaces and to engage expanded networks of people.