Community networks: states, solutions and communities
By Upasana Bhattacharjee
Upasana Bhattacharjee further builds on this notion of community network not only as a local connectivity infrastructure serving the unserved people and rural areas left out by markets or states, but mainly as a social actor that builds knowledge, autonomy and agency at the local level, through a community-owned infrastructure and organized operation.
Cyber law in Zambia: should it be repelled? Thoughts from a female human rights defender
By Laida K. Chongo
This article provides insights into the recently passed Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act, 2021 in Zambia, from the perspective of Laura Miti, an award-winning human rights defender. Mitri alerts on how this act gives sweeping powers to the government to hush criticism of any kind and curtail freedom of expression and privacy.
What can digital surveillance teach us about online gender-based violence?
By Mardiya Siba Yahaya
The article argues that digital surveillance is part of gendered and racist disciplinary structures, that manifest in specific forms of online gender-based violence experienced by black Muslim women influencers.
EROTICS Regional Survey learnings (2): understanding access and expression, and negotiating differences
By Srinidhi Raghavan
Srinidhi Raghavan, coordinator of the EROTICS Regional Survey 2020, shares her learnings from cross-country feminist research on internet and sexuality through the lens of the Feminist Principles of the Internet.
EROTICS Regional Survey learnings (1): reflections on feminist internet research design
By Srinidhi Raghavan
Srinidhi Raghavan, coordinator of the EROTICS Regional Survey 2020, shares her learnings from cross-country feminist research on internet and sexuality in South Asia. In this first part, the researcher reflects around identity, community agency and language.
Learning digital security as a “non-techie”
By Mythri Prabhakara
This article expresses personal experience of navigating the digital space and learning about digital security in a world filled with neurotypical upper caste people in authority.
A mine-ridden internet and six rules for understanding anti-rights narratives
By Florencia Goldsman
Florencia Goldsman reviews the study "Engendering Hate: The contours of state-aligned gendered disinformation online", adding pieces to the puzzle of targeted digital violence that undermines women and LGBTIQ+ people online presences.
These are just some of the ways women and LGBTQ+ people make the internet healthier
By Laura Vidal
What can be done to make the internet healthier? Some of the most compelling answers arise in the very communities that experience the worst online violence plaguing the internet.
Can social media platforms tackle online violence without structural change?
By Marwa Azelmat
We welcome the commitments made by Facebook, Google, TikTok and Twitter to tackle online abuse on their platforms. However, without ensuring that the systems they create do not reproduce and amplify existing inequalities, built-in safety tools will only mitigate harms on the surface.
Transgender Act in India: A law that replicates existing challenges with digitisation?
By Brindaalakshmi. K
In India, the digitisation drive of services interlinked with offline violence, marginalisation and stigma make it almost impossible for transgender persons to be considered as people who deserve equal rights. Through the provisions mentioned in the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2019, this article gives us a glimpse of human rights violations and denial of a life with dignity...