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.
Women in community networks in Latin America: the story of Belem
By Marcela Guerra
GenderIT and Locnet invited women who work in community networks to share their experiences in the times of COVID-19 and their reflections on what these times have revealed around centring meaningful communication in their physical and digital communities. This is the second part of the stories that got to be told about the acts of care in communication technologies under the pandemic.
Hardworking and resilient women engage with a health information chatbot in Pamoja Net
By Chako Armant
Through awareness-raising work groups organised by Pamoja Net in DRC, women and girls learned how to participate in the network and to access and verify health information through a telephone helpline and a chatbot.
How feminist research shapes AI, privacy, and data protection discourse
By Chenai Chair
In this second post in a series on artificial intelligence, research in the African context, Chenai shares why she believes that a feminist approach to research around AI is the only way.
Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need
By Lucía Trias
Design justice advocates for processes of design that do not extract or appropriate the knowledge of users but build systems and software that are of use to them, rather than to companies and designers themselves. In this review of the book on design justice by Sasha Costanza-Chock, there is a call to subvert and upend the process of designing and to make it about justice rather than...
Set me up, knock me down: Legal Obligations of Dating Apps to address Sexual Violence
By Divya Srinivasan
Recent reports reveal that hundreds of people experience sexual harassment and abuse on Tinder and damningly, that Tinder largely ignored survivors. What is the legal and ethical obligation that dating platforms have when their platform is repeatedly used by sexual assaulters to prey on women and others?
Include LGBTIAQ+ voices in internet governance conversations
By Nyx McLean
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.
Connected to care: Coronavirus and women's challenges in community networks
By Lia Aroeira
GenderIT and Locnet invited women who work in community networks to share their experiences in the times of COVID-19. This is one of the stories that got to be told about the acts of care in communication technologies under the pandemic.
Rambles of Everyday Resistance
By Selam Mussie
A beautiful essay that explores how to navigate the complexities of sexuality and personhood for Ethiopians, and how the traditional form known as qene or wax-and-gold is the perfect metaphor for negotiating and living dual realities.
Feminists are building their own technology to organise but where are funders?
By Ledys Sanjuan Mejia
Feminist activists have played an important role in raising issues around freedom of expression and especially in the internet rights community; also in pointing out how internet rights of those marginalised on account of gender, sexuality, gender expression are even more precarious. But where is the funding for feminist work on technology and infrastructure?
Bárbara Paes on Black feminist cyberactivists in Brazil and the neoliberalism of "women in tech"
By Ani Phoebe Hao
Ani Hao interviews Bárbara Paes, a young Brazilian feminist, co-founder of Minas Programam. In this conversation they delve into Black feminist activism in Brazil, feminism funding and the co-optation of gender issues in technology spaces.