Face swapping, virtual reality and animals taking selfies

DJ’s choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.org, 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 ICTs. 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.

Toys that code have parental appeal

“Only 10% of US schools offer computer programming classes. There are currently more than 600,000 open job positions requiring computing skills, but our schools graduated only 42,000 computer science majors last year.” More >

Source: The Huffington Post, Robin Raskin

Virtual reality app lets you meet others in imaginary places

“A new app called vTime hopes to bridge that gap by giving users full VR character avatars that can interact with each other in virtual environments in real-time.” More >

Source: Mashable, Adario Strange

Facebook bought a face swapping app & Twitter is bribing employees not to quit

“Facebook continued to open up its messaging platform to third-party services and apps by adding a new Spotify integration to Facebook Messaging.” More >

Source: Latin Post, Robert Schoon

SXSW addresses online harassment of women in gaming

Online harassment goes far beyond name calling and has moved into the realm of violent threats and rampant misogyny. More >

Source: NY Times, Conor Dougherty and Mike Isaac

Animals are taking selfies at the L.A. zoo

Google Photos is putting cameras with motion sensors in animal pens. More >

Source: BuzzFeed, Brendan Klinkenberg

This is it from GenderIT.org DJ for this week! Enjoy it, share it, dig into it. Feedback is always welcome. Send us interesting material to genderit at apcwomen.org or tweet us your links using #genderit

GenderIT.org, Women’s Rights Programme, Association for Progressive Communications (APC), March 15th 2016