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Privacy in the time of a pandemic: how is your data doing?

Posted Tue 20 Oct 2020 - 04:30 | 6,120 views

A three part series that dives into the concerns around privacy and data in Africa in the context of artificial intelligence and also covid-19 from a feminist data justice perspective.

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Liberation of Palestine: Technoscience for harm or healing

Posted Mon 11 Mar 2024 - 18:43 | 186 views

The increased use of generative AI, where impresses the masses, it also raises ethical questions when applied to sensitive political contexts. Kira Xonorika explores how this technology is being used in imagining a free Palestine that gives a sense of hope, but also in contexts that promotes oppressors' propaganda.

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How will funders respond to AI-generated proposals?

Posted Thu 30 Nov 2023 - 12:21 | 150 views

With commercialising of AI, many writers and fundraisers are using it to draft grant proposals, efficiently or otherwise. But while it does reduce the time proposal writing takes, how will donors take it and what should their response be, given that the technology is here to stay?

Algorithmic Anxieties & Feminist Futures in MENA

Posted Fri 28 Jul 2023 - 04:42 | 556 views

For a region like the MENA (which some authors refer to as S/WANA, others as Arabic-speaking countries), tech policy problems are compounded with a litany of daily struggles, most devastating of these being occupation, war, conflict, and displacement which affects, we sometimes forget,…

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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.

In depth

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

Posted Fri 28 Jul 2023 - 02:30 | 2,087 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…

Editorial

Algorithmic Anxieties & Feminist Futures in MENA

Posted Fri 28 Jul 2023 - 01:12 | 228 views

For a region like the MENA (which some authors refer to as S/WANA, others as Arabic-speaking countries), tech policy problems are compounded with a litany of daily struggles, most devastating of these being occupation, war, conflict, and displacement which affects, we sometimes forget, two billion people - a quarter of the world’s population. People Like Us are often…