[SPECIAL EDITION] Observing our Observers in the Age of Social Media

Kerieva McCormick on 4 September 2017 | 2,331 views
Kerieva Mccormick looks at how young Roma women and girls deal with, understand, and talk about violence and harassment faced by Roma people, online and offline. This article examines the double consciousness experienced by those who live with the reality of exclusion and discrimination even now in contemporary societies, and the ways in which younger generations navigate hostility and celebrate themselves and their resilience.

An ongoing conversation on feminist autonomous infrastructure: Erika Smith and Kéfir

erika on 2 August 2017 | 3,135 views
What began as a small fundraising drive in July 2017 for Kéfir, a feminist libre tech co-op, has transformed into exploring the importance of feminist infrastructure in Latin America. This is an ongoing conversation between Erika Smith, from Take Back the Tech and APC-WRP with members of the collective Kéfir on infrastructure and the internet, labour in movements, and how to set up new collectives that have to exist within and with economic, social and political hegemonies.

Did Facebook finally figure out that consent is more important than nipples?

erika on 3 May 2017 | 3,790 views
In April 2017 Facebook announced a new tool that will prevent an intimate image posted without consent from being shared further on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. Erika Smith and Fungai Machirori go deep and debate the pros and cons of this proposed system, and how feminist-friendly and positive about alternate sexualities it is.

Feminist autonomous infrastructure in the internet battlefield: From Zombies to Ninjas

Nadège on 22 February 2017 | 5,081 views
The Distributed Denial of Women strike borrows the metaphor of the DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack as a radical and subversive tool by activists, but currently DDOS attacks powered by zombie-bots are part of the anarcho-capitalist economies of the internet. Ganesh in their article unpacks the many levels at which gendered labour is extracted, and while positing feminist autonomous infrastructures as an alternative, points to the flaws and the contradictions in the movement and civil society as well.

Educating, Hiring, and Retaining Women in Technology: A Gendered Enquiry

Radhika Radhakrishnan on 22 February 2017 | 5,791 views
Research suggests that women are underrepresented at every level in technology(McKinsey survey, 2016). Why is this the case? And how do we educate, hire, and retain more women in it? In this article, Radhika Radhakrishnan highlights the underlying realities that women face in technology beyond just a numbers game, and offer insight to such questions by interviewing diverse, pioneering women working in various aspects of the field.

Online privacy through a gendered lens in Bangladesh

Farhana Akter on 9 January 2017 | 4,253 views
The ever-growing advancement of information technology is not without perils. Online privacy has been at stake for a while now. Looking at online privacy through a gendered lens reveals that women are particularly vulnerable because of social, economic and cultural factors. Farhana Akhter looks at the specifics of the law and context in Bangladesh especially the increasing incidents of online violence, illegal surveillance along with legally sanctioned surveillance by the government.

Reshaping the Internet for Women

Flavia Fascendini on 27 December 2016 | 4,997 views
Even in 2015 the contribution by women to Wikipedia, one of the largest repositories online of organised knowledge about the world, had not reached 25% of the total. Most of the content online comes from the global North, specifically from white male contributors in North America. What needs to be done to ensure diversity, localisation and gender parity in content online? APCNews speaks to Anasuya Sengupta and Siko Bouterse from Whose Knowledge? project to find out more.

Harnessing the Internet to Realise Labour Rights in Cambodia: Interview with Alexandra Demetrianova

Radhika Radhakrishnan on 6 December 2016 | 4,199 views
Do internet campaigns work? This is what Alexandra Demetrianova reflects upon in her research for GISWatch about labour rights violations in garment factories of Cambodia. The internet has played a key role in the struggles of garment factory workers (mostly female) and trade unionists to demand for an increase in their minimum wage. It has also helped change consumer consciousness across the world. Some things cost more than we realise.

Role of internet in realising sexual and reproductive rights in Uganda: Interview with Allana Kembabazi

Tarryn Booysen on 6 December 2016 | 4,260 views
In this interview, Allana Kembabazi of Initiative Social And Economic Rights in Uganda, talks about the role of the internet in advocacy and campaigns about high rates of maternal mortality in Uganda and sexual and reproductive rights. In a context where health care is far from sufficient, the internet also becomes an avenue for provision of sexual and reproductive health related information that is not easily accessible otherwise.