feminist politics of technology

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Where is feminism in the Hong Kong protests? Issues in the context of the anti-extradition movement

Posted Tue 19 Nov 2019 - 16:19 | 4,219 views

What can feminists expect from the revolution of our times? In this article about the recent uprising in Hong Kong against the control of the Beijing government, we take a look at the complexities that feminists and LGBTQI+ activists have to live with, in spite of working for freedom and democracy alongside and in movements.

An illustrated journey of women in community networks

intentional infrastructures: feminist principles of the internet and community networks

Posted Tue 12 Nov 2019 - 16:13 | 2,214 views

This edition takes a closer look at the realities of the women who are working for and with their communities through enabling, weaving, sustaining installing, running and advocating for community networks. Community networks are zones of autonomy around infrastructure and technology that hold the promise of connecting the unconnected and also are becoming creative and feminist sites of...

An illustrated journey of women in community networks

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Our routes: women's node - an illustrated journey of women in community networks

Posted Wed 23 Oct 2019 - 18:12 | 3,765 views

In this beautifully etched illustration we follow the stories of various women who are working in community networks and their journeys with technology, autonomy and self-realisation. 

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In depth

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

Posted Wed 23 Oct 2019 - 16:33 | 914 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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Why Haben is a must read/listen

Posted Thu 10 Oct 2019 - 13:17 | 1,246 views

Technology when used well can change lives, especially those of people with disabilities. In this review of the remarkable book by Haben, titled "Haben: the deafblind woman who conquered Harvard law", the question raised is whether feminists working with technology are doing enough about accessibility.

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We are Sisters in Islam

Posted Thu 3 Oct 2019 - 09:12 | 1,277 views

In 2019 the High Court of Malaya (Malaysia) upheld a fatwa ruling that bans the organisation Sisters in Islam for going against Islamic teachings. In particular, this ruling limits their use of social media. Read more to hear about the complexities of activism and speech in Malaysia for feminist groups and individuals.

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Participatory Design of Smart Home Technology: self-reflections of my work as a black African migrant HCI researcher.

Posted Mon 9 Sep 2019 - 09:22 | 3,024 views

What are the complications that identity can produce in research? And when can it be fruitful - can we design solutions and technology keeping in mind the diversity of people, and seeking particularly to include those voices often less heard in technology design.

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Letter to my younger self – a budding feminist researcher.

Posted Wed 28 Aug 2019 - 10:23 | 806 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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A response to ‘The age of the feminist influencer’

Posted Thu 15 Aug 2019 - 09:46 | 2,073 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.

Publication

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

Posted Thu 27 Jun 2019 - 12:42 | 549 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.