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Nyx McLean

Nyx McLean is a caffeine-fueled transdisciplinary researcher who writes queerly about the internet, digital communities, and social movements with an emphasis on troubling technology from an anti-racist queer feminist position. They are a research associate at Rhodes University in the School of Journalism and Media Studies. Pronouns: They/Them

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[Opinion] Rich White Boys’ Takeover of Spaces of Organising: Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Posted Thu 10 Nov 2022 - 11:26 | 1,138 views

As rich white men like Elon Musk own and control online platforms, these spaces are becoming more and more unwelcoming for queer and marginalised people. As individuals who have made and found communities in these spaces, should we leave our place on platforms like Twitter? Dr. Nyx McLean discusses.

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Include LGBTIAQ+ voices in internet governance conversations

Posted Tue 1 Dec 2020 - 11:24 | 3,958 views

In this article, Nyx McLean calls for a diverse representation of LGBTIAQ+ people and issues in the conversations around the internet, and for the adoption of an intersectional approach to organising the IGF.

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The digital rights movement needs to be deliberately inclusive

Posted Mon 24 Aug 2020 - 03:00 | 4,309 views

The digital rights movement needs to become deliberately and intentionally inclusive. We need to actively engage with how technologies and the internet are racist, as well as how they perpetuate other oppressions through silence.  

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The digital age: A feminist future for the queer African woman

Posted Wed 26 Aug 2015 - 12:22 | 5,187 views
Tiffany Kagure Mugo and Nyx McLean recently published an article in The IDS Bulletin, The Digital Age: A Feminist Future for the Queer African Woman. The article draws attention to digital communities and how they afford the queer African woman the space to express her lived experience.

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Los deseos marginados e internet

Posted Wed 20 Aug 2014 - 13:17 | 7,940 views
Este artículo explora los deseos marginados y la necesidad que tienen las personas de manifestar dichos deseos en internet, en particular cuando puede no ser seguro para ellas el hacerlo fuera de línea. Se llama la atención a la necesidad de proteger los derechos individuales a interactuar en línea para intercambiar contenido y expresar deseos, así como la necesidad de la seguridad digital para...

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Marginalised desires and the internet

Posted Tue 12 Aug 2014 - 17:14 | 9,612 views
This article explores marginalised desires and the need individuals have to express these desires online, especially when it may not be safe to do so offline. Attention is brought to the need to protect individuals’ rights to engage in sharing content and expressing their desires online; and the need for digital security to protection their data and identities. The article also discusses notions...

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What's happening with the queers?

Posted Sat 21 Apr 2012 - 07:37 | 5,976 views
The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual and queer (LGBTIAQ) movement tends to get caught up in trying to name itself. And often gets stuck there.

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Clearing up the feminist movement

Posted Sat 21 Apr 2012 - 07:00 | 5,459 views
During the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Caucus at AWID, a participant made the comment that the feminist movement needed to be 'cleared up' because "it is becoming too white and too straight". I tweeted it and it made several people uncomfortable. This is a post discussing that comment with a little context and little extra explaination.

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Thinking about gender and technology

Posted Fri 20 Apr 2012 - 05:43 | 11,349 views
In South Africa a video recently went viral in which a young woman is gang-raped. This video has re-ignited discussions around gender-based violence within the country, many of these discussions have taken place on social media platforms such as Twitter.

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Punto gay: ¿cuáles son las consecuencias?

Posted Mon 4 Oct 2010 - 18:39 | 8,351 views
Fue en una sesión de la coalición dinámica sobre libertad de expresión y libertad de medios en internet cuando Schubert anunció que estaba proyectado el nombre de dominio “punto gay”. El nombre de dominio aspira a incorporar a todos los sitios de lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, personas transgénero, intersexo y queers en un solo dominio. Nyx observa quién quedó excluído y el impacto potencial de un...