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Feminist talk  is meant to be a hub for conversations between our readers and writers on topics that are related to the sometimes dry world of internet policy. It is a space for storytelling, personal essays, opinions – to challenge and inspire readers on issues and topics that are close to them. Here are the opinions, experiences and thoughts of writers from the diverse community in which we live.

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Chenai is a researcher with Research ICT Africa a non profit think tank based in South Africa Her

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[COLUMN] Access and beyond (4): Gendered barriers to internet use

Posted Fri 14 Jul 2017 - 08:53 | 2,669views
Gendered barriers to internet access can range from social and cultural barriers imposed within family or by partners to extraneous factors relevant to all - such as affordability of data and devices. In this column Chenai Chair examines the specificity of how access is different for women and men.
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Samukelisiwe

Samukelisiwe describes herself as an unapologetic (South) African feminist.

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[COLUMN] How women in the Global South are RECLAIMING SOCIAL MEDIA to promote body positivity

Posted Tue 11 Jul 2017 - 09:54 | 2,888views
In this column, Samukelisiwe explores how women in the global South have started using social media to make up for the lack of representation of black and brown women in mainstream media. Women of colour, people with disability, gender non conforming persons and others now use the internet to explore their image and their body, and form communities that celebrate different ways of being.
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rafiashaikh

Rafia is a tech journalist currently working as a research and communications associate at Digita

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Framing access and power at Stockholm Internet Forum 2017

Posted Thu 22 Jun 2017 - 10:46 | 3,408views
The Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 focused their discussions on the links between access and power. In this article Shaikh Rafia Sarwar examines how access is linked to women's empowerment and particularly their economic empowerment. And whether the debate around access should focus on economic, cultural and social empowerment of women through and outside technology, rather than ensuring access to...
Chenai Chair

Chenai is a researcher with Research ICT Africa a non profit think tank based in South Africa Her

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[COLUMN] Access and Beyond (3): Navigating mobile costs in communication

Posted Thu 15 Jun 2017 - 16:38 | 2,541views
Africa is flooded with zero rating services such as Free Basics (Facebook’s zero rating scheme) and other subsidised data strategies. Do these schemes make internet more affordable and bring access to more people? In this column Chenai Chair examines whether ordinary people perceive such schemes as useful.
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Samukelisiwe

Samukelisiwe describes herself as an unapologetic (South) African feminist.

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[COLUMN] How women in the global south are RECLAIMING SOCIAL MEDIA to combat femicide

Posted Thu 8 Jun 2017 - 11:11 | 2,748views
In this new column on reclaiming social media for addressing women's issues and feminist concerns, Samukelisiwe Mabaso begins by looking at the rising rates of femicide in South Africa (and other parts of the world). Various spontaneous movements led and powered by women have arisen and use technology and social media to amplify their voices and ensure their demands are met.
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Koliwe Majama

Koliwe Majama is a Zimbabwean journalist and media rights activist with over 15 years experience.

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Tackling the gender digital divide in Africa

Posted Thu 1 Jun 2017 - 08:49 | 2,299views
The coming of the digital age and of information technology promises that those 'left out' or excluded from development will be to access their rights and enjoy a higher standard of living. But what is the truth for African women - are the experiences of all 'marginal' women being lumped together and how far away is the promise of equal access and gender equity.
Chenai Chair

Chenai is a researcher with Research ICT Africa a non profit think tank based in South Africa Her

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[COLUMN] Access and Beyond (2): Motivations for internet use

Posted Thu 11 May 2017 - 08:32 | 2,975views
In this column, Chenai Chair explores motivations of internet use through the ResearchICT Africa study in Rwanda, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. Business, local and global communication, social ties, and curiosity seem to be the main motivators. By understanding why people go online, we can better shape interventions for a connected society.
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Chinmayi S K

Chinmayi is a hacktivist who runs the bachchao project.

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Working out access on our own: Community projects, gender and internet

Posted Tue 2 May 2017 - 00:00 | 1,902views
As our cities turn smart and countries turn digital the gender gap in terms of internet access is disturbing. The lack of access directly relates to the loss of rights of women and minorities. Sadly there is a long way to go before we close this gap. Chinmayi S K explores projects that attempted in innovative ways to address the digital gender gap online.
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Serene Lim

Serene is an activist, a writer, and lawyer who tries to talk, write, live, work and love the fem

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A place for all: On being diverse and inclusive @RightsCon

Posted Fri 28 Apr 2017 - 10:27 | 2,431views
More than 1,500 business leaders, civil society advocates, policy makers, lawyers, bloggers, technologists, and users participated in RightsCon Brussels 2017 (March) and there were over 250 sessions related to human rights and technology. Serene Lim explores the ways in which inequity was addressed at the forum, and how exclusion and marginalisation were framed in various sessions.
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hvale

Translocal feminist activist, storyteller passionate for #FeministInternet FLOSS opendata, privac

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The internet of Things: smart devices, quantified self, dolls and vibrators

Posted Thu 27 Apr 2017 - 10:28 | 2,491views
If an object has a chip, it becomes smart, and by extension our houses become smarter - and so do our cities, hospitals, toys, phones. But what about the inventors, the creators, the owners, the users of all these smart and tiny things - are we becoming smarter? Reflecting on sessions in Rights Con 2017 in Brussels, Vale examines the ways in which the internet of things can lead to invasive...