Moaz Bhangu

Moaz Bhangu is a media development professional and documentary journalist based in Islamabad, Pa

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Pakistan's Online Safety Laws Are Stifling Women's Freedom of Expression

Posted Fri 22 Sep 2023 - 03:59 | 25 views

Pakistan government has recently introduced various laws to curb online violence. However, the undemocratic processes with which these laws have been drafted point towards their ability to directly target citizens' civil liberties on the internet. Moaz Bhangu speaks to women content creators who have been self-censoring to stay safe online.

Fungai Machirori

Fungai Machirori is a feminist researcher and writer whose areas of interest include digital and

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Why did Google think two Zimbabwean women writers were the same person?

Posted Fri 15 Sep 2023 - 03:59 | 20 views

Algorithm bias manifests itself in unique ways every single day, affecting people of colour. Fungai Machirori explores how big tech corporations misidentify renowned Black women - error that continues to exist despite various alarms around the said bias.

Zainab Durrani

Zainab Durrani is a lawyer by education and a digital rights activist by profession, based in Pak

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Identity Crisis: Roadblocks in Women's Access to Basic ID Documentation in Pakistan

Posted Mon 11 Sep 2023 - 03:43 | 114 views

Women make up half the population of Pakistan, and yet they're routinely denied access to identification documents based on patriarchal and archaic policies that reject any sense of autonomy over their personhood independent of men around them. Zainab Durrani speaks to some of the women who were subjected to these policies.

Seerat Khan

Seerat Khan is the Programs and Comms Lead at the Digital Rights Foundation in Pakistan, and has

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Decolonising Data for Data Justice

Posted Wed 23 Aug 2023 - 04:56 | 240 views

Governments and corporations have collected people's data for decades to dictate the kind of services each person would have access to. This data is more often than not rooted in colonialist practices and attitudes towards collection and processing of this information. Seerat Khan discusses the implications and way forward in this article.

Fungai Machirori

Fungai Machirori is a feminist researcher and writer whose areas of interest include digital and

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Could Instagram’s Threads be a friendlier option for women than Twitter?

Posted Tue 22 Aug 2023 - 02:28 | 92 views

With the introduction of Threads by Meta, there's a need to question whether adding another social media platform to the list of online spaces contributes to the existing problems that women face on the internet, or is it a step in the right direction?

Momina Mindeel

Momina is a media development professional with 5 years of experience in journalism, digital inno

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Infantilizing, Fetishizing, and Sexist Slang: Inside Pakistan's Online Gaming Spaces and Discord Servers

Posted Fri 4 Aug 2023 - 05:42 | 863 views

Women gamers in Pakistan struggle to play safely amidst increasing online harassment they face in online gaming communities in the country. Momina Mindeel speaks to some women gamers to understand the extent of this violence and the strategies they employ to remain safe.


Habash (pseudonym) is an author and essayist hailing from Egypt.

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Who’s afraid of the Centaur: Musings on Blockchain and Feminism

Posted Fri 28 Jul 2023 - 03:57 | 97 views

Habash from Egypt explores the relationship between feminism and blockchain technologies in a curious and critical review of possibilities emergent in DAOs and DisCos. They accompany us through several iterations and thought experiments on political organisation and theory in the realms of web3.

Yara el Murr

Yara el Murr is a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and

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kotobli: a homegrown experiment in resisting dominant algorithms

Posted Fri 28 Jul 2023 - 03:39 | 172 views

Journalist, Yara el Murr, from Lebanon presents a case study of kotobli, a book discovery platform that counters colonial algorithms used in searching for books about the SWANA region. She details how Big Tech favours publishers and authors from the Global North and presents the challenges and opportunities of working with local publishers and authors to change this.

Raya Sharbain

Raya Sharbain, Palestinian roaming the streets of Amman until she can return to

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In digital defence of bodily autonomy

Posted Fri 28 Jul 2023 - 03:14 | 75 views

Open-source advocate from Jordan, Raya Sharbain, makes the case for digital self-defence to support sexual rights and reproductive justice movements amidst growing crackdowns and threats. She elaborates on use of secure and protective technologies to share and access information critical to feminist movements.

Afef Abrougui

Afef Abrougui has more than ten years of experience researching and writing abou

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Is Civil Society In MENA Ready To Tackle AI’s Human Rights Challenges?

Posted Fri 28 Jul 2023 - 02:13 | 330 views

Tunisian researcher, Afef Abrougui, writes about the perils of AI-enhanced technologies deployed by authoritarian regimes in the region towards increased surveillance and predictive policing. She raises important questions about the readiness of civil society in the MENA to respond to these dangers and what is needed to preserve privacy and human rights in the coming…