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
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.
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.
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.