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Questions for white liberals

Posted Thu 18 Jun 2020 - 16:26 | 5,365 views

The perpetrators of racist violence, physical or intellectual, are rarely called to account for themselves. White allies rarely explain why particular racist actions might have occurred. White liberal intellectuals, in particular, frequently learn anti-racist discourse and mimic it back at us with very little trenchant thought given to their own experiences of whiteness.

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The online space making pandemic sex easier (sort of)

Posted Tue 19 May 2020 - 18:02 | 2,184 views

Much as there is the risk of the online space breeding great amounts of anxiety, this can also be a time to form different types of human connection, find out more about innovative ways to get off and take a look at your love lives. Here is how.

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"We would like to know how to use that ... smartphone"

Posted Mon 9 Mar 2020 - 11:53 | 1,803 views

Access to the internet and ICTs can often be about creating and finding surprising opportunities and uses. If women are familiar with smartphones and able to use them, then this is one way of ensuring that the next generation of girls are also able to access and adopt technology.

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Transforming structures of power through feminist internet research

Posted Tue 19 Nov 2019 - 06:36 | 4,362 views

The internet has not fulfilled many of the optimistic expectations of the role it would play in democracy and development, and has, in fact, become a ground for denial of rights and voice of marginalised groups and people. But the making of a feminist internet presents the possibility of giving shape to an internet that is built on diversity and recognition of rights, especially those of women...

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Privileging the social over the technical in community networks: Interview with Sol Luca De Tena

Posted Wed 23 Oct 2019 - 18:08 | 3,478 views

Zenzeleni, which means ‘do it yourself’ in isiXhosa, has become exemplary of the unique challenges and remarkable successes of a community network in the global south. In this interview, Sol Luca de Tena discusses how the cooperative business model for Zenzeleni has evolved to center community needs and priorities.

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Community networks for raising awareness of women's rights: Interview with Chako Armant

Posted Wed 23 Oct 2019 - 17:33 | 2,181 views

In this interview with Chako Armant who researches and works on a community network on the island of Idjwi in DRC, she talks about running a community network while there is ongoing uncertainty and conflict, and how they are addressing norms around gender and technology.

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Digging up Trauma, Survivor Porn and other Ethical Concerns about Research

Posted Wed 28 Aug 2019 - 17:33 | 3,386 views

Research is often meant for lofty objectives of ensuring policy change, and at at the very least, it should do no harm. But what if your research is about violence - and what risks do we run when asking participants to revisit their trauma and hurt that they experienced because of online violence.

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Letter to my younger self – a budding feminist researcher.

Posted Wed 28 Aug 2019 - 11:23 | 1,889 views

What is the difference between doing research that takes into consideration gender as a factor and being a feminist researcher. In this touching and funny letter, a researcher speaks to her younger self about naivete, idealism and ofcourse, funding. 

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Kondoa Community Network: Breaking gender Digital divides

Posted Wed 21 Aug 2019 - 12:48 | 3,073 views

Community networks provide alternatives to infrastructure to access internet that is controlled by either companies or the state. In the remote area where Kondoa Community Network works, even patchy services have been helpful to ensure access to better education and medical services. 

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A response to ‘The age of the feminist influencer’

Posted Thu 15 Aug 2019 - 10:46 | 3,609 views

How we organise around shared causes and beliefs has changed with the internet. This piece looks at how the internet allows leadership to be decentralised, and a response to the idea that the age of influencers is necessarily a bad thing.