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Feminist talk  is meant to be a hub for conversations between our readers and writers on topics that are related to the sometimes dry world of internet policy. It is a space for storytelling, personal essays, opinions – to challenge and inspire readers on issues and topics that are close to them. Here are the opinions, experiences and thoughts of writers from the diverse community in which we live.

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Sanitary Panels

Sanitary Panels is a feminist webcomic that comments on politics, society, and culture.

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Sanitary Panels on sexual harassment

Posted Tue 16 Oct 2018 - 09:57 | 52views

In the wake of recent accusations of rampant sexual harassment at the workplace in various industries in India - including journalism, advertising, academia, development and many others - Sanitary Panels explores what patriarchy has huge tolerance for. [comic]

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Praveena Thaali

Praveena Thaali is doing Ph.D at Center for Human Rights, University of Hyderabad, Telangana, Ind

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Rejecting Victimhood: the online Speak-Out Campaign in Kerala against harassment

Posted Tue 9 Oct 2018 - 19:37 | 752views

Dalit-Bahujan women in India have increasingly started using the internet and social media to articulate their positions and politics. This article explores how women have combated sexual harassment and exploitation, especially when it takes place in spaces that are considered progressive.

Is the man who is tall happy?: An animated conversation with Noam Chomsky
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Nadege

I'm part of Kéfir, a cooperative in Latinamerica that seeds and n

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Keywords of the internet: The fraying edges of algorithmic production

Posted Tue 9 Oct 2018 - 12:06 | 339views

In this column series we unpack keywords relevant to the internet and the digital age. Here we look at algorithms, their origin in the work of Ada Lovelace. At how they are a sequence of steps, how they enfold consequences. And lastly we ask - can we talk about feminist algorithms?

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Nodumo Dhlamini

Nodumo is passionate about developing IT / ICT Programs that harness the opportunities for the en

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Mentoring women in technology: Laying out the landscape

Posted Mon 8 Oct 2018 - 14:03 | 387views

Equity in digital access in Africa is far from being a reality. There is also paucity of women in technology related careers and more broadly in STEM. In this column, Nodumo Dhlamini will explore the necessity for mentoring of women to make them confident users and implementers of ICT tools and solutions.

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smarikak

Smarika occupies herself with the political play between human and artificial intelligence in the

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Gendered Reality Traps: How "Objective" Machine Learning Contributes to Intersectional Exploitation

Posted Tue 2 Oct 2018 - 18:20 | 1,056views

Is technology neutral or is coding political? In this article Smarika Kumar explores how algorithms work in the real world, and how they are a reflection of existing biases and forms of exclusion and discrimination in society.

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Hija Kamran

Hija Kamran is a communications-for-development specialist, and a human rights activist from Paki

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Online Dating in Pakistan

Posted Tue 2 Oct 2018 - 11:55 | 883views

The rise of dating apps allows women to take control of their social life and their choices. In this article Hija Kamran speaks to many women in Pakistan about their experience of online dating, both good and bad, whether it allows for challenging of conservative social norms or it leaves women vulnerable to abuse and other risks.

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Rebecca Ryakitimbo

Rebecca is an avid writer,researcher and technologist who considers herself a STEAM (Science, Te

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Netwoman: Policy and safer internet spaces for women

Posted Mon 1 Oct 2018 - 11:58 | 362views

In Tanzania, even as access to internet has brought changes to the lives of people, there is still a lot to be done to get everyone connected and at the same time ensuring good policies to lay the ground for a safer internet. Rebecca explores legal options to the non consensual sharing of intimate images of women in the country. 

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Nic Bidwell

Nic Bidwell currently researches the social and gender impacts of Community Networks in the APC's

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Gender and community networks: Researching social and gender impact

Posted Wed 29 Aug 2018 - 11:41 | 159views

In this fourth column on gender and community networks, Nic Bidwell looks closely at the processes and difficulties of research on the social and gender impact of Community Networks in rural places, and focuses on some issues encountered in the nitty-gritty of such research.

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Nana Darkoa

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah is the Communications Specialist for the African Women's Development Fund (

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How to use social media for activism [VIDEO]

Posted Thu 23 Aug 2018 - 10:19 | 106views
Here are tips and insights on how to use social media for activism and movement-building, on how to use internet and social media to amplify your cause. In this video Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah touches on several instances of how social media can and has been used by African feminists, and especially describing popular campaigns and hashtags on Twitter
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Koliwe Majama

Koliwe Majama is a Zimbabwean journalist and media rights activist with over 15 years experience.

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Cyber violence makes internet use a gendered issue

Posted Mon 13 Aug 2018 - 08:02 | 232views

Politicians, journalists and other women with public profiles face a substantial share of online harassment, bullying and violence. In this article, Koliwe Majama shows how in the context of the Zimbabwean elections, even as the internet brings the public closer to politicians, it opens up new avenues for discrediting them and their work, and reveals the patriarchal misogyny that underlies...