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My Sextortion Birthday: Digital Violence During COVID-19

Posted Tue 11 Aug 2020 - 09:49 | 2,639 views

The lockdown raises questions around digital security and safety. From online conferences being hacked to individual women targeted for extortion, there is a lot happening. In this personal essay, one woman navigates sextortion through expression, art and fantasy.

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COVID-19 is Leaving Women and LGBTQIA+ People in the USA Vulnerable to Online Surveillance

Posted Wed 5 Aug 2020 - 13:41 | 2,218 views

Essential workers and service workers in the United States of America, especially those who belong to LGBTQIA+ community, are increasingly more vulnerable at the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are at risk of losing employment benefits, and are subject to discrimination and surveillance at their workplace.

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Design Justice, A.I., and Escape from the Matrix of Domination

Posted Thu 27 Jun 2019 - 12:42 | 2,760 views
An essential read about how design justice could be an incomparable tool to address discriminations towards transgender, intersex and gender diverse people. More broadly the series explores the injustices that could result from algorithmic decision making and the preponderance of artificial intelligence based mechanisms.
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Propping up patriarchy: Threats of the growing anti-gender movement

Posted Thu 13 Jun 2019 - 07:55 | 7,457 views

Across Brazil, Bulgaria, Poland and at the international level there is a vicious and concerted attempt to dilute the language around gender in policy and UN mechanisms which targets any gains in gender equality, advocates exclusion of LGBTIQ people and restrictions on sexual and reproductive rights. The attack on gender is real and here, what are we going to do about it?

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Publication

Sonia Corrêa on “Gender Ideology” for 2019 CREA Conference

Posted Tue 7 May 2019 - 07:26 | 4,544 views
An incisive and global analysis of anti-gender politics or gender ideology which Sonia Correa describes as a hydra that has different faces and coalesces into various coalitions in various contexts in Latin America, Europe and north America.
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"Revenge Porn": 5 important reasons why we should not call it by that name

Posted Wed 16 Jan 2019 - 11:54 | 20,722 views

This article sums up the different and important reasons why we should stop using the term "revenge porn" when describing certain kinds of violations online that entail the non-consensual taking and circulation of intimate images. Why does language matter and how does it shape our perceptions and responses? Sophie Maddocks tells us more, based on her extensive research and interviews with...

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Gender and Privacy: From Oppression to Liberation: Reclaiming the Right to Privacy

Posted Mon 7 Jan 2019 - 08:14 | 6,076 views
A report that examines the overlapping concerns of gender, privacy, surveillance, and gender-based violence in Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America, North America. The report raises issues including gender-based violence in the private sphere, rigid gender categories in identity programs its impact on trans people, etc.
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Publication

A Brief Introduction to FOSTA-SESTA

Posted Fri 2 Nov 2018 - 11:31 | 5,532 views
A zine on the implications of the new laws on sex trafficking that has implications for digital rights, rights of sex worker groups and sex workers. Though the law has been introduced in the United States of America, the implications are global as censorship curtails global platforms such as Skype, and could have potential implications on internet censorship norms globally.

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Toxic Twitter: Amnesty International report on social media and online violence

Posted Mon 18 Jun 2018 - 08:21 | 5,747 views
Twitter, in particular, can be a powerful tool for women to make connections and express themselves - from high-level female politicians to journalists, activists, writers and bloggers, to women who simply want to know what’s happening around them. It is allegedly the space where ‘every voice has the power to impact the world’. But as revealed by the report by Amnesty International, Twitter is...

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[COLUMN] Joining the dots: ICT sweatshops facing the heat

Posted Thu 10 Nov 2016 - 13:14 | 46,116 views
This month's column by Sonia Randhawa looks at intersections between ICTs, gender and climate change through the lens of the women working in the software, rather than the hardware side of things. While many of the big companies in North America have taken steps to ensure that the energy for data processing comes from renewable sources, the question remains what is the environmental impact and...