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Trials of a confused feminist (in an internet governance school)

Maggie Hazvinei Mapondera
Maggie Hazvinei Mapondera on 24 November, 2014 - 15:22
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Maggie Hazvinei Mapondera works in Communications for Just Associates Southern Africa, a global network of activists, popular educators and scholars in 27 countries working to strengthen and amplify the voice, visibility and collective power of women for a just and sustainable world for all. She graduated from Yale with a BA in Comparative Literature, focusing on African literatures in French and English. She has volunteered with Zimbabwean refugees and asylum-seekers in South Africa as an intern for PASSOP (People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty). In her free time, Maggie volunteers for the Women News Network, browses second-hand bookstores, and sinks happily into the pages of a compelling novel.

As I sit at the Internet Governancei School in perhaps the lushest hotel I have ever stayed in, I am struck with the somewhat unwelcome (but certainly not unfamiliar) feeling of being way out of my depth. I have always paid lip service to this whole “exposing myself to new experiences, new ideas” thing. After all, that’s how we grow, isn’t it? It’s exciting! Fun! Awesome! It’s how we learn. It’s how we sharpen our analysis against the whetstone of other people’s ideas, thoughts, approaches — the more contrarian and different from our own, the better. Because we all know that bubbles are dangerous and staying in them can often encourage a hardline fundamentalist way of thinking that is unhelpful at best and downright insufferable at the worst.

DJ'S CHOICE OF THE WEEK: Gender neutral sex toy, Twitter, and freestyle jamming!

Tarryn Booysen
Tarryn Booysen on 20 November, 2014 - 07:16
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Tarryn is a South African BA graduate with majors in Psychology and Sociology. She currently works on the End Violence: Women’s rights and safety online project as the administrative assistant. Tarryn is also a contributor of the weekly section of GenderIT, DJ’s Choice.

DJ's choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.orgi, exploring the depths of the web to provide you once a week with a top 5 of creative, interesting and informative pieces and resources on gender and ICTsi. Delight yourself with this selection of “sparks”: Good readings, interesting links, videos, pictures, cool authors to point to, amazing tools, and much more. Send us interesting material to genderit at apcwomen.org or tweet us your links using #genderit.

Social media: Why can't I just leave? Why is it hard to stay?

Flavia Fascendini
Flavia Fascendini on 20 November, 2014 - 02:43
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Flavia is based in Argentina and is the GenderIT.org Spanish editor since 2007. And she still believes in the power of women who use social media.

I am a social media user, for several years now. I think Facebook, in particular, and the way it sets what is possible and what is not possible for its users, is slowly imitating the circle of life but in such a way that it narrows down our options, rather than opening them up. We start feeling more and more trapped after investing so much of our data, history, affections and expectations in our pages. I want a life online, but I want it my way – which means something diverse, not binary, something changing, sometimes questioning or indecisive.

Join today IGNITE: Women Fueling Science and Technology campaign to end the gender gap in technology

Global Fund for Women and UN Women
Global Fund for Women and UN Women on 18 November, 2014 - 00:58
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Join us and add your voice to Global Fund for Women’s online petition, co-presented with UN Women, calling for governments and the United Nations to take action to end the gender gap in technology to advance women’s rights. Sign the petition today to demand women and girls’ equal access to and control of technology.

Violence silences: Document. Challenge. Reclaim our right to expression

Take Back the Tech!
Take Back the Tech! on 17 November, 2014 - 20:22
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How do you challenge existing inequalities by speaking up? When you voice your thoughts, do you face threats and abuse? How is violence used to disrupt solidarity and collective action where you are? How do you fight back? This year's Take Back the Tech!i campaign invites you to help us reframe the conversation about violence against womeni as a violation of our fundamental human right to freedom of expressioni. Get involved!

DJ'S CHOICE OF THE WEEK: Zuckerberg, gender pronouns and LGBTQ

Tarryn Booysen
Tarryn Booysen on 7 November, 2014 - 10:45
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Tarryn is a South African BA graduate with majors in Psychology and Sociology. She currently works on the End Violence: Women’s rights and safety online project as the administrative assistant. Tarryn is also a contributor of the weekly section of GenderIT, DJ’s Choice.

DJ's choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.orgi, exploring the depths of the web to provide you once a week with a top 5 of creative, interesting and informative pieces and resources on gender and ICTsi. Delight yourself with this selection of “sparks”: Good readings, interesting links, videos, pictures, cool authors to point to, amazing tools, and much more. Send us interesting material to genderit at apcwomen.org or tweet us your links using #genderit.

DJ's CHOICE OF THE WEEK: F-Bombs for feminism and brain pickings

Alexandra Groome
Alexandra Groome on 31 October, 2014 - 16:31
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Based in Montreal, Canada, Alex is Executive Assistant at the Association for Progressive Communications and sells veggies for Urban Barns Foods. She graduated with a BAH in Environmental Studies and Geography at Queen's University in 2012.

DJ's choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.orgi, exploring the depths of the web to provide you once a week with a top 5 of creative, interesting and informative pieces and resources on gender and ICTsi. Delight yourself with this selection of “sparks”: Good readings, interesting links, videos, pictures, cool authors to point to, amazing tools, and much more. Send us interesting material to genderit at apcwomen.org or tweet us your links using #genderit.

How technology informs my activism: A conversation with gender and technology activists in Barcelona

Interviewed during the APC Member Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, gender iand technology activists Anne Roth, Hilary Goldstein, Marie Githini, and Sarah Marland, talked about how technology informs their activism and what turns them on about technology.

APC at IGF 2014: Bishakha Datta on the Feminist Principles of the Internet

Feminist activist and filmmaker Bishakha Datta of Point of View (India) helped draft the groundbreaking Feminist Principles of the Interneti. An initiative of APC's Women's Rightsi Programme, this tool for advancing internet rights iwas launched at the Internet Governance Forum i(IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey in September 2014. APC’s Elvira Truglia spoke to Datta during the IGF about the relevance of the Feminist Principles of the Internet.

What's the point of the revolution if we can't tweet? Women Human Rights Defenders speak out

Urgent Action Fund and Front Line Defenders
Urgent Action Fund and Front Line Defenders on 21 October, 2014 - 13:24
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Syrian activist and blogiger Razan Ghazzawi and Lebanese activist, blogiger and APC's EROTICSi project coordinator Nadine Moawad were joined by Kate Kroeger, Executive Director of the Urgent Action Fund and Mary Lawlor, Executive Director of Front Line Defenders for a lively panel on the challenges faced by women human rights defendersi and what the international community can do to help.

DJ'S CHOICE OF THE WEEK: The Snappening, childbirth and disgruntled fan

Tarryn Booysen
Tarryn Booysen on 20 October, 2014 - 08:03
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Tarryn is a South African Bachelor of Arts graduate with majors in Psychology and Sociology. She currently works on the End Violence: Women’s rights and safety online project as the administrative assistant. Tarryn is also responsible for the weekly section of GenderIT, DJ’s Choice.

DJ's choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.orgi, exploring the depths of the web to provide you once a week with a top 5 of creative, interesting and informative pieces and resources on gender and ICTsi. Delight yourself with this selection of “sparks”: Good readings, interesting links, videos, pictures, cool authors to point to, amazing tools, and much more. Send us interesting material to genderit at apcwomen.org or tweet us your links using #genderit.

DJ's CHOICE OF THE WEEK: Sex in the digital age

Alexandra Groome
Alexandra Groome on 15 October, 2014 - 20:59
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Based in Montreal, Canada, Alex is Executive Assistant at the Association for Progressive Communications and sells veggies for Urban Barns Foods. She graduated with a BAH in Environmental Studies and Geography at Queen's University in 2012.

DJ's choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.orgi, exploring the depths of the web to provide you once a week with a top 5 of creative, interesting and informative pieces and resources on gender and ICTsi. Delight yourself with this selection of “sparks”: Good readings, interesting links, videos, pictures, cool authors to point to, amazing tools, and much more. Send us interesting material to genderit at apcwomen.org or tweet us your links using #genderit.

Violence against women and ICT in Bosnia and Herzegovina: A tricky place between raising awareness and lobbying for laws

Belma Kučukalić
Belma Kučukalić on 14 October, 2014 - 18:56
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Belma is the new media and communications coordinator at OneWorld-Platform for Southeast Europe (OWPSEE).

For years now, the topic of violence against womeni that is happening through ICTi has not been “attractive” enough for our local media. Even with the rise of the number of our mapped cases and educational trainings held, they simply did not seem to care enough to publish our case studies, much less, to do an interview on the topic. Up until this July.

Applications open for the Gender and Technology Pop-up Institute

Tactical Tech
Tactical Tech on 6 October, 2014 - 20:50
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Tactical Tech, in collaboration with the Association for Progressive Communicationsi, are organising a 7-day event for up to 50 women and trans people to learn tools and techniques for increasing their understanding and practice in digital security and privacyi and to become digital security trainers and privacy advocates. When? December 1-8, 2014. Where? Berlin, Germany.

Facebook: The king laid bare and the drag queens

Florencia Goldsman
Florencia Goldsman on 6 October, 2014 - 14:50
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Florencia has a degree in communications and is a journalist, cyber activist, traveller, dancer, flight attendant during forced landings, Gemini, and a member of RIPVG Argentina. She tweets at @petalosoy.

The social network created by Mark Zuckerberg recently suspended the profiles of drag queens whose pages were under their stage names. The performers suddenly found themselves blocked from their accounts and were sent messages with instructions on how to replace their stage names with their legal names, according to Facebook’s “real name” policy.

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