Where's the party at? and Our Virtual Histories: Research and reflections from Ikhtyar

Posted Tue 4 Feb 2020 - 06:01 | 4,104 views

Ikhtyar (Arabic for choice) is an invitation to an open space for people interested in discussing gender issues, and in documenting/developing a gender knowledge base in Arabic. GenderIT showcases their recent research on online harassment and violence, the specific forms it takes in the region and language and their reflections on the research process.

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“It made me despise the world of technology”: Interview with Iranian queer feminist Shadi Amin

Posted Wed 19 Jun 2019 - 03:06 | 6,581 views

Shadi Amin, an Iranian queer feminist and writer, became the victim of an online defamation campaign that left her with no recourse. The allegations of rape, abuse, bullying and money laundering wrecked Amin's life and in this interview with Shreya Ila Anasuya, Amin describes the ways in which the attack took place and what happened after.


Mapping Digital Landscapes of Trans Activism in Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

Posted Thu 8 Nov 2018 - 03:30 | 4,942 views

This report on Mapping Digital Landscapes of Trans Activism in Central Asia and Eastern Europe provides a regional overview of digital organizing by trans activists in Central Asia and Eastern Europe, emphasizing shared patterns of digital usage, barriers to free and safe use of the internet, and resistance strategies to homo/transphobic-motivated censorship, surveillance, and online attacks…

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[STATEMENT] Civil Society Organizations' Call for Tech Companies to Respect Palestinian Digital Rights in Times of Crisis

Posted Mon 16 Oct 2023 - 11:23 | 113 views

A collective of human rights and civil society organizations publish a statement urging tech companies to immediately take strict measures to protect Palestinians from harm as disinformation and hate speech rise on their platforms in light of the escalating events in the region.

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

Posted Fri 28 Jul 2023 - 03:57 | 203 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.

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kotobli: a homegrown experiment in resisting dominant algorithms

Posted Fri 28 Jul 2023 - 03:39 | 257 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.

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In digital defence of bodily autonomy

Posted Fri 28 Jul 2023 - 03:14 | 132 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.

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Women in the Era of Artificial Intelligence: Increased Targeting and Growing Challenges

Posted Fri 28 Jul 2023 - 02:30 | 2,091 views

AI expert, Nour Naim from Gaza, details the particular challenges of gender and racial bias in algorithms and datasets. In her piece, she presents an overview of important and emerging trends in the movement for trustworthy AI, as well as activist responses to these inequalities.

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

Posted Fri 28 Jul 2023 - 02:13 | 444 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…

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Feminists in the Panopticon: How Surveillance Capitalism Captures Feminist Movements

Posted Mon 24 Jul 2023 - 04:58 | 1,274 views

In this article, Nadz Moawad invites you to use this AI hype to think of its economic undercurrent, surveillance capitalism, as equally urgent. Thinking about AI needs futurology, but thinking about surveillance economies requires history. They make the argument that radical movements, feminists especially, have been captured by this new economy and that a migration…