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Indepth features analytical articles that are meant to inform readers about perspectives, issues and debates around certain topics relevant to gender, technology and ICT policy. This is the place for articles that provide an informed, well-reasoned feminist perspective, with a strong focus on the global South.

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namita

Namita is a writer and researcher. She divides her time between Bengaluru in India and the many w

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Are we any better at judging right from wrong? Automation in content moderation

Posted Mon 23 Sep 2019 - 21:11 | 1,183 views

Censorship has been replaced online by a system of content moderation controlled by companies, and these rely on both automation as well as human moderators employed to sift through content. The choice is not between the alleged neutrality of the impersonal machine and the errors and finiteness of human moderation, as both work in tandem.

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Sasha Isaac

Sasha Isaac is a recent graduate writing and presenting on issues to do with reproductive ethics.

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Ectogenesis, Feminism, and the Metaphysics of Pregnancy

Posted Thu 12 Sep 2019 - 12:57 | 1,216 views

Advances in biological sciences suggest that in the future it would be possible to give birth to babies outside of the woman's body, and this upsets assumptions that connect reproductive labour to fixed gender roles. What are then the implications for feminist imaginations and futures?

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Ambika

Ambika is a researcher with the Centre for Internet and Society, India.

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Doing standpoint theory

Posted Sun 1 Sep 2019 - 18:05 | 1,544 views

In this article about research with domestic workers and unions, we look at the implications of feminist methods of research and standpoint theory, and how feminist methods of research should seek to destabilise power hierarchies and dynamics. 

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Débora Prado

Débora Prado is a feminist, activist, journalist and researcher from Brazil.

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Memory and invisibility: feminist research as institutional archive of our diversity

Posted Thu 29 Aug 2019 - 12:05 | 1,482 views

What is the place of memory in research? What happens when researchers hold fragile links to the past for a community? How can we pleasantly complicate our ideas around research and writing by including the role of memories - that of those being researched and our own as well.

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Minoli Wijetunga

Minoli Wijetunga is an academic, a trainer, and a researcher.

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“I have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions”: Informed Consent in the Age of Social Media

Posted Wed 28 Aug 2019 - 15:17 | 1,164 views

Research on social media, particularly relying on public and semi-public data shared by people, raises uncomfortable questions about privacy of people and their consent to being part of a research project. What questions of consent does a feminist lens on this subject raise?

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Bruno Zilli

Bruno Zilli is a Brazilian anthropologist, researcher at the Latin American Center on Sexuality a

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Female porn on the rise?

Posted Wed 28 Aug 2019 - 15:01 | 375 views

Women are being recognised as consumers of pornography increasingly which potentially can change how compulsory heterosexuality and gender stereotypes are embedded in media. Here we explore the contradictions between women consuming porn and sexual violations of female performers, and how do we then understand, research and talk about consumption of pornography.

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BiancaBaldo

Bianca Baldo has over eight years of coordination experience in women human rights and anti human

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Visibility and secrecy: Data protection, privacy and gender in Pakistan

Posted Thu 11 Jul 2019 - 12:47 | 1,211 views

Privacy rights are becoming increasingly important and especially in the context of increasing datafication. Shmyla Khan of Digital Rights Foundation in Pakistan talks about the ways in which privacy rights are relevant, used and abused in the lives of women and gender diverse people.

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“Our Constitution is Strong”: Straight Digital Discourse and Disremembered Queer Accounts

Posted Thu 20 Jun 2019 - 09:46 | 1,462 views

What does it mean to rise to the surface of people's attention briefly because of violence done to your body, harassment, dispossession and precarity, only to be replaced the next day by the next trending hashtag? This article explores the limits of straight discourse online and the convenient elision of queer accounts and issues.

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Shreya Ila Anasuya

Shreya Ila Anasuya is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, an independent journalist, and the m

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“It made me despise the world of technology”: Interview with Iranian queer feminist Shadi Amin

Posted Wed 19 Jun 2019 - 09:06 | 1,201 views

Shadi Amin, an Iranian queer feminist and writer, became the victim of an online defamation campaign that left her with no recourse. The allegations of rape, abuse, bullying and money laundering wrecked Amin's life and in this interview with Shreya Ila Anasuya, Amin describes the ways in which the attack took place and what happened after.

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Sachini

Sachini is a Sri Lankan queer feminist activist with a background in law, journalism and internat

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How Tiktok is a platform for performance and play for women in Sri Lanka

Posted Fri 10 May 2019 - 13:47 | 2,926 views

Tiktok is a wildly popular short video platform and has led to a myriad form of creative and playful expressions. This article explores the videos from Ceylon in relation to heteronormativity, gender, and how the boundaries between the personal and public are blurred.