[COLUMN] Gender and community networks...

n this column on community networks and gender, the writers will explore how communities can provide and run their own internet infrastructure, the existing forms of community networks, the legal and policy environment in which they have to exist and what are the gender dynamics around these networks. Here we interview Steve Song about the policy and regulatory environment for community networks - whether this hinders or fosters their growth, and further the presence of women in these policy spaces.
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Kathleen Diga

Kathleen has worked for over 10 years in the information and communication technology for...

A technopolitical approach to online...

Technology is not gender neutral and this article shows how social media companies and tech corporations play a role in perpetuating online gender-based violence. What we need is a critical examination of the tools available and their underlying techno-politics so we can create community alternatives for feminist communication.
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Mariana Fossatti

Socióloga y artista visual, librenauta, commonista, trabaja en @articaonline y @librecoop

[COMIC] Sanitary Panels on facing...

Sanitary Panels is an ironic yet hard hitting series where social commentary masquerades as humour and makes us rethink many of our assumptions. This comic explores aspects of gender and technology including discrimination faced by women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and careers. In this comic Sanitary Panels looks at how police and society react when women complain of threats, harassment and violence online.
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Sanitary Panels

Sanitary Panels is a feminist webcomic that comments on politics, society, and culture. It's...

Online violence faced by outspoken...

Online violence and harassment mirrors the realities of persecution in the "real world" and extends the avenues for prejudice and discrimination. In Egypt, outspoken activists and Nubian people supporting the cause of Nubians to their own land and also speaking out about race and skin colour-based prejudice face virulent online attacks and are also banned by the Egyptian government.
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Yara Sallam

An Arab African feminist

Toxic Twitter: Amnesty International...

Twitter, in particular, can be a powerful tool for women to make connections and express themselves - from high-level female politicians to journalists, activists, writers and bloggers, to women who simply want to know what’s happening around them. It is allegedly the space where ‘every voice has the power to impact the world’. But as revealed by the report by Amnesty International, Twitter is also a platform where violence and abuse against women flourishes, often with little accountability. This article gives the main highlights from the report "Toxic Twitter"
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Azmina Dhrodia

Azmina Dhrodia is a Researcher on Technology and Human Rights at the Amnesty International...

Do we need new laws to address non-...

The choice between developing new laws and frameworks for cyber offences or to work with existing laws is a dilemma faced in many countries in the global South. In this article, the legal solutions to non consensual intimate images are examined from the perspective of women who have been victimised. What do we want and expect from our legal and judicial mechanisms? How can these be more accessible, and how do we ensure equality for women of different backgrounds?
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Mariana Valente

Mariana Valente is diretor of InternetLab, a think tank on Internet policy based in São Paulo,...