Previous Editorials


Mapping gaps in research in gender and information society

on Sun 10 Sep 2017 - 07:59

[EDITORIAL] The problem of value for “women’s work”

on Thu 23 Feb 2017 - 05:11

[EDITORIAL] How Internet Technology Will Affect Rights: 3 Things to Look For

on Tue 06 Dec 2016 - 12:53
Economic, social, cultural rights in international law is a recognition of the basic rights of all people to a fundamentally decent and happy life - one in which their right to self-determination is respected. Does the progressively digitised future threaten or cement a world where ESC rights are guaranteed for all? In this editorial, Nadine Moawad states that the network is good and the network is here, but there are 3 things to look out for - especially in relation to economic, social, cultural rights.

[EDITORIAL] Taking back the tech for 10 years!

on Mon 14 Nov 2016 - 00:00
Ten years ago it was hard to explain what is gender based violence online, while now there is some recognition of the widespread misogyny and violence that exists in online spaces towards women and gender non conforming people. It took a decade of tough, dedicated work by women all over the world that finally put technology-related violence in the spotlight. This edition is a collection of interviews with women who have taken back ownership and celebrated their power through technology in various campaigns across the globe from Bosnia-Herzegovina to Democratic Republic of Congo. Enjoy taking back the tech with us!

[EDITORIAL] Fortitude and transformative energy in the AWID Forum: experiences from 2002 to 2016

Dafne Sabanes Plou on Wed 05 Oct 2016 - 17:01

[EDITORIAL] Feminist Principles of the Internet: Two years later

on Tue 31 May 2016 - 12:36
Two years after the initial birth of the Feminist Principles of the Internet, Dhyta helps us frame this edition where we see how feminists put the principles into practice in their own contexts. “As an evolving document, we need to constantly revisit it to make sure that it stays relevant, or else we should clarify, revise or even change it in accordance with the new circumstances and our needs,” she emphasises.

Finding her place: Gender at the 10th IGF

Bishakha Datta on Mon 21 Dec 2015 - 22:52
Bishakha Datta writes and films non-fiction, works on gender and sexuality, runs Point of View in Mumbai, is part of the wikipedia family and serves on several non-profit boards. She tweets @busydot and sometimes blogs at dizzybot. In all her avatars, Bishakha explores marginal, invisible, silenced points of view - or those considered illegitimate. Current interest: digital intersections with gender and sexuality.
A quiet sense of satisfaction. That’s what I felt at this year’s Internet Governance Forum, when gender moved out of the wings and came on to the main stage: here, there, everywhere.

[EDITORIAL] The politics of sex and sexual rights online

Alan Finlay on Fri 13 Nov 2015 - 10:13
Alan works regionally and globally in the ICT4D and media advocacy sectors as a researcher, writer and editor. He is based in Johannesburg, where he runs the consultancy Open Research. Besides editing and writing for the Africa Policy Monitor, Alan has developed a discussion paper on e-waste, and an Itrain Online module on basic research methods for APC. He has also drafted a strategy document for APC’s national policy portal project.
This bulletin focuses on the politics of sex and sexual rights online – the topic of the Global Information Society Watch 2015. Through interviews with authors, and a selection of links to online reports, it draws on and highlights the content published in GISWatch. Since 2007, the GISWatch provides a space for collaborative monitoring of the implementation of governments commitments towards the creation of an inclusive information society.

Rendering the invisible visible: In memory of Dr Heike Jensen

Sonia Randhawa on Tue 16 Jun 2015 - 15:00
Despite Heike's pessimism about the internet as it is today and the ways in which it is developing, there is a deep-seated optimism about Heike's work. She recognised that patriarchy is oppressive not just to women, but to the majority of men as well, whether due to their poverty, the colour of their skin or their sexuality. By taking apart the structures of patriarchy, uncovering the power relations that are built into the institutions and architecture of the internet, Heike consciously contributed to our ability to question, interrogate and rebuild those institutions in more equitable ways.

It is not yet time; we must reclaim our space

Juliet Were on Fri 29 May 2015 - 14:09
Juliet is a development practitioner with a special focus on women, peace and security. As a researcher, trainer and evaluator at Isis-WICCE, she has interfaced with women and men in post-conflict Uganda, Liberia, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo and Nepal, documenting their perspectives on war and armed conflict and providing them space to contribute to the global discourse on post-conflict reconstruction. She is an ardent advocate of gender and ICT issues.
It is exciting to be a part of this edition, and especially that it is 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – a blueprint that brought energy and enthusiasm to the women’s movement. It enhanced the liveliness of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, and reaffirmed that “Women’s Rights are Human Rights”. Today, in a number of dialogues with communities, sentiments like “these are the Beijing women” pop out, an indication that our message has taken root and that it is causing discomfort to the patriarchal systems and structures. Violence against women is rooted in patriarchy and thus any progress observed in the feminist discourse in the past 20 years has been an effort in dealing with societal attitudes, practices and behaviours. And for attitudes and behaviours to shift, Section J on “Women and the Media” has played a central role. A key element in this success is the creativity and innovativeness that women have brought on board using information and communications technologies (ICTs).
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