Technology for feminist creativity and care

Movements and campaigns have been using technology for women's rights, for articulating identity and expression around gender and sexuality, and for amplifying and growing the voices against sexual harassment and violence. We are at a point when the Take back the tech! campaign is more than 10 years old. Our movements are in as much need for creativity as we are in need of self-care. In this edition we explore the emerging and startling voices of new ideas and campaigns - from what feminist bots can do for us to delving deeper into the politics of self-care. From using the internet to explore sexuality and desire to having incredibly tough conversations about violence and harassment.

This bilingual edition is born of many conversations and moments at the two camps held in parallel in August this year (2018) at Dhulikhel, Nepal - the Take back the Tech! meet and the Feminist Tech Exchange. This extraordinary bringing-together of groups and people has facilitated a massive starburst of ideas and images that we are happy to share with you. With this edition we also inagurate our upgraded GenderIT website.

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"Self-care". Illustrations by Paru Ramesh

Editorial

Fixing the glitch

A glitch is a problem or fault that prevents something from being successful or working as well as it should. Seyi Akiwowo describes how online gender-based violence and harassment are the glitches we need to fix, so that the potential of the internet and technology to build and make connections and to solve some of humanity's problems can be fulfilled.

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Rejecting Victimhood: the online Speak-Out Campaign in Kerala against harassment

Dalit-Bahujan women in India have increasingly started using the internet and social media to articulate their positions and politics. This article explores how women have combated sexual harassment and exploitation, especially when it takes place in spaces that are considered progressive.

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Getting woke about getting laid: A HOLAAfrica sex positive experience

How to start a sex-positive conversation around queerness, sensuality and sexuality, gender expression, and even violence? HOLAAfrica is one platform that shows us how to do it. From pleasure manuals to podcasts to articles, the platform raises and discusses several sensitive issues and concerns relevant to African women, gender non-conforming persons and sexual minorities.

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"Self-care". Illustrations by Paru Ramesh

The Politics of Self Care and Feminism

What is self-care in a time of hyper-connected people and devices and of image-saturated capitalism and what does it mean to speak about self-care in relation to feminist politics and the women's movement. Sharanya examines the politics of self-care arising from many discussions with activists, writers and campaigners.

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ARSUKEIL, a non-binary character

Make your own hero [VIDEO]

At the camp of Take back the tech! campaigners a group of intrepid people came together to create a fantastical super person - a non binary character who is a feminist and has powers to analyse, slay and decrypt the digital world.

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[Edición especial] Manifiesto por algoritmias hackfeministas

Este manifiesto quiere reescribir las formas de intervención y resistencia frente a toda infraestructura que permite y reproduce opresión, discriminación y misoginia desde una postura política hackfeminista. El objetivo es resistir a través de los cuerpos-territorios-algoritmos en cualquier espacio que habitemos dentro o fuera de internet.

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[Edición especial] Escritura cyborg: las máquinas también sueñan

Como la creación de bots puede ser una manera de disfrutar y acercarse de las tecnologías digitales de forma lúdica y experimental.