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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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hvale

Translocal feminist activist, storyteller passionate for #FeministInternet FLOSS opendata, privac

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The internet of Things: smart devices, quantified self, dolls and vibrators

Posted Thu 27 Apr 2017 - 10:28 | 2,575views
If an object has a chip, it becomes smart, and by extension our houses become smarter - and so do our cities, hospitals, toys, phones. But what about the inventors, the creators, the owners, the users of all these smart and tiny things - are we becoming smarter? Reflecting on sessions in Rights Con 2017 in Brussels, Vale examines the ways in which the internet of things can lead to invasive...
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Samukelisiwe

Samukelisiwe describes herself as an unapologetic (South) African feminist.

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10 ways to make Twitter work for feminist activism

Posted Tue 25 Apr 2017 - 13:25 | 7,202views
How to bring the powerful agency and discourse of women's rights movements and feminism to the digital age of Twitter and other social media. Samukelisiwe Mabaso has researched on various movements across Africa and Asia that successfully and effectively use technology, and shows us ten ways in which to make Twitter work for feminist activism. Lets get in formation!
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Evelin Heidel - Scann

Evelin Heidel (también conocida como Scann) es miembro de AlterMundi.

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[COLUMN] Open software movements, open content, free culture: Where are the women?

Posted Tue 18 Apr 2017 - 11:31 | 5,441views
The gender balance is far from equal even in progressive movements such as the free and open source software community, Mozilla user groups, and others. Despite all the rivers of ink that were written about the gender imbalance in these areas, the changes are slow to arrive.
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Angélica Contreras

Angélica Contreras, es hidrocálida y bloguera del #BlogAngie desde hace más de 8 años, integrante

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[COLUMN] I want to be a Pokémon master

Posted Thu 13 Apr 2017 - 10:18 | 1,907views
Pokémon exploded as a game that could be played on mobile phones in 2016. Of the many debates around it, Angélica Contreras explores the gendered aspect of videogames and how Pokémon struck a chord with many women in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and parts of Latin America. This article was originally written in Spanish, and is part of a column series that explores young women and their lives...
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Chenai is a researcher with Research ICT Africa a non profit think tank based in South Africa Her

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[COLUMN] Access and beyond (1): Navigating the gendered cyberspace

Posted Wed 12 Apr 2017 - 10:18 | 2,051views

In this column series, Chenai Chair explores the barriers to accessing the internet in four countries in Africa - Rwanda, Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. The study in particular looks at the impact of affordability of internet and subsidised data services, and what impact this has on people in different locations (countries, urban-rural), of different genders, and so on. In the first column,...

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Smita

Smita is a queer feminist, currently working at Point of View, India, on gender, sexuality and te

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The nerdiest and most open of them all: Internet Freedom Festival 2017

Posted Fri 7 Apr 2017 - 08:51 | 1,795views
The Internet Freedom Festival is refreshingly different from most forums around internet rights and technology - it is almost equal in gender ratio, welcoming of gender non conforming and trans persons, and takes privacy of its participants at the venue seriously. Smita Vanniyar tells us more about their experience at the festival this year in Valencia, Spain.
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Alan Finlay

Alan Finlay is a writer and the editor of Global Information Society Watch.

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[BOOK REVIEW] Interpreting the Internet: Feminist and Queer counterpublics in Latin America

Posted Wed 5 Apr 2017 - 17:29 | 2,177views
'Interpreting the internet: Feminist and Queer Counterpublics in Latin America by Elisabeth Jay Friedman looks at a decade long engagement of feminist and women's movements with technology. Alan Finlay reviews the book for GenderIT.org, and finds it to be essential reading for anyone interested in how feminist (or any) counterpublics are formed and shaped by appropriating whatever technology is...
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Chelsea Manning and other political prisoners: Report from Internet Freedom Festival

Posted Mon 3 Apr 2017 - 07:45 | 1,722views
While Chelsea Manning has been pardoned by the Obama administration, there are still many political prisoners facing incarceration and lengthy trials for their exercise of freedom of expression and for whistle blowing. Very few countries have enacted laws that protect whistle blowers. Mallory Knodel writes about the benefit fundraiser to welcome home Chelsea Manning that took place at the...
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namita

Namita is a writer and legal researcher.

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Giving my spirit voice: Interview with Helen Nyinakiiza

Posted Fri 17 Mar 2017 - 08:02 | 2,689views
An interview with Helen Nyinakiiza, who has recently joined Association for Progressive Communication as an individual member. Helen is a passionate digital security trainer, and in this interview she talks about the use of technology and internet rights in Uganda, the digital divide around gender and region, and how she does her trainings.
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itsallmaya

Maya Ganesh is Applied Research Director at Tactical Tech in Berlin and leads the organisation's

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Unscripting Harassment (Part 2)

Posted Tue 14 Mar 2017 - 18:07 | 2,801views
Online harassment has taken various forms on the internet, including doxxing, intimate violence, stalking and so on. In this article, Part 2 of the series, Maya Ganesh explores a different way of thinking through this contemporary phenomenon by using an approach that emphasises 'design-thinking'. Possibilities that are explored include whether the system or platform can predict or respond to...