“Putting locks on our chastity belts...”: A discussion on sex education for teenagers

Florencia Roveri on 12 November 2015 | 4,142 views
A number of reports in this year's GISWatch focused on the everyday reality when it comes to sexuality that many teenagers face when using the internet. Mariana Giorgetti Valente from InternetLab - Law and Technology Research Center in Brazil, Lin McDevitt­Pugh from Netsheila in The Netherlands and Nieke Jahja from the Center for Civic Engagement and Studies in Indonesia approached this topic from different angles.

End violence research site has arrived!! Explore the road from impunity to justice

GenderIT.org on 9 November 2015 | 1,808 views
Did you know that 60% of reported cases of technology-related violence against women (VAW) are not investigated by the authorities? Or that in 40% of cases of technology-related VAW, the perpetrator is known to the survivor?

Exodus of qualified women might be tech’s biggest problem yet

Rafia Shaikh on 9 November 2015 | 2,421 views
As many as 50% of women working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) will eventually leave because of hostile male culture, lack of a clear career path and a sense of isolation, a 2008 Harvard Business Review study had discovered. Fast forward to 2014, same study shares that the reasons haven’t significantly changed. Most women interviewed for the study said that the attitudes holding them back are subtle, and thus more difficult to challenge.

The thing about gaming

Nadine Moawad on 22 October 2015 | 3,754 views
The thing about gaming is you can’t quite explain the immersiveness of it to non-gamers. I speak not about mindless arcade games you play to pass the time (although I think time-passing on a screen is totally legit. Play on, candy crushers). I mean multiplayer Real Time Strategy (RTS) games with tens of thousands of players competing for glory.

Statement: Facts on #TakeBacktheTech

APC on 12 October 2015 | 2,042 views
The attack against APC and Take Back the Tech and efforts to hijack the #takebackthetech hashtag, which has involved people who self-associate with #Gamergate posting threats targeting members of our community and images that depict women being subjected to physical and sexual violence, illustrate how women’s and girls’ voices are silenced on social networking platforms by violent and sexist expression.

Restricting access to abortion services: a conversation with Dr. Suchitra Dalvie on the effects of sex selection in India

Bianca Baldo on 5 October 2015 | 3,296 views
A woman sits in a doctor’s waiting room. She is almost 13 weeks pregnant and deeply worried about her future. She knows she cannot ask the sex of the fetus and that the Indian government has developed new technology to track the ultrasound medical reports.

From fake accounts to harassing phone calls: talking about technology-related violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Lamia Kosovic on 4 September 2015 | 2,894 views
Bosnia and Herzegovina was one of seven countries covered by APC's research project “End Violence: Women's rights and safety online”. The research in BIH was done in association with One World Platform for Southeast Europe (OWPSEE). The report uses three in-depth case studies to assess legal instruments, corporate policies, and women’s access to justice. Here, writer Lamia Kosovic speaks to two members of the OWPSEE research team, Valentina Pellizzer and Aida Mahmutović, taking us behind the scenes of the BIH research.

What school girls in India can teach us about social media

Sheena D’Lima on 20 July 2015 | 4,597 views
In most Pune schools, the new term is under way. Activities are in full swing and tests have already begun. Students wake up as early as six in the morning and the school day hums along amidst ringing bells and slamming lockers. At the dinner table, a heated WhatsApp conversation ends only when an exasperated parent confiscates the phone. Everyone has at least one selfie on Instagram. Is it time to unfriend your elder brother yet? You know how brothers are. Somebody’s crush has just uploaded a picture of himself with a guitar. Like. Thumbs up. After dinner, it’s time for homework or bed. Phones are plugged in to charge overnight.

Inside the world of India’s badass girl gamers

Neha Mathews on 17 July 2015 | 4,742 views
If there’s anything I love with a passion, it’s kicking serious ass. Which is probably why, as an 8 year old, Dangerous Dave inspired equal amounts of angst and satisfaction in me. In this simple 8-bit videogame, I overcame obstacles and struggled through levels, overusing my jetpack privileges and never quite pressing the Alt-key fast enough. Okay, maybe I wasn’t a particularly good player, but I eventually made it to the end, feeling invincible for exactly 30 minutes.

A legacy on how gender is built into the way we discuss and use technology

Sonia Randhawa on 17 June 2015 | 8,151 views
In this article, GenderIT.org talks with Anita Gurumurthy from IT For Change about gender and privacy. Anita worked with Heike in the Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society research programme.