Indepth

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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Elena Pavan

Elena Pavan is Senior Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of t

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More than words. Investigating online discourse as a space of Gender-Based Violence

Posted Tue 11 Dec 2018 - 08:47 | 1,647 views

Here are insights into research on online gender-based violence against women and other minorities - especially around sexual objectification, delegitimisation of public personas, non-conformity to gender stereotypes and idealised notions of womanhood. Elena Pavan shares also about doing research using data scraped from online public discourses and the key questions going forward.

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Ninglun Hanghal

Ninglun Hanghal is a freelance journalist.  She writes on women and development of/in northeast r

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How internet shutdowns affect the lives of women in Manipur

Posted Thu 6 Dec 2018 - 10:49 | 1,502 views

What is the experience of living through frequent network shutdowns and bans on mobile internet in the context of Manipur, a region located northeast of India. This article reviews a report on shutdowns in the region, and explores the specific impacts on women, and more broadly on people living in a sensitive region. 

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Anushka Zafar

Anushka Zafar was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh and studied English, Communication and Hea

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Does urban youth know what to do about cyber harassment? : Research in Bangladesh

Posted Fri 9 Nov 2018 - 11:54 | 21,285 views

This indepth article shares reflections on research with urban youth in Bangladesh on how they deal with cyber harassment and cyber bullying, particularly the experience of young women. The research led to the creation of a short informative animation aimed at youth that might feel helpless and alone when facing harassment online.

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Azia Keever

Azia Keever is a freelance writer and social activist living in the Bay Area.

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The battle for sex worker's rights online: Proposed SESTA-FOSTA law in USA

Posted Tue 30 Oct 2018 - 10:34 | 1,317 views

A proposed new law in the United States of America would not only result in censorship of the internet and specifically message boards, but also will limit the possibilities of sex-workers to use the internet for their work, to build community and safe spaces online.

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Srinidhi Raghavan

Srinidhi Raghavan works at the intersections women’s rights, technology, sexuality and disabili

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Inclusion, mobility and connection: diverse uses of mobile phones for women with disability

Posted Thu 25 Oct 2018 - 13:41 | 2,003 views

Can technology-based solutions improve the quality of life for people with disabilities? Srinidhi Raghavan interviews various women who talk about how mobile phone usage has benefitted them in terms of communication and social interaction, but also about their real concerns around privacy.

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Sheena Magenya

Sheena Magenya is a feminist with twelve years of working experience in Namibia, South Africa and

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A cat among pigeons: Gender, culture and internet governance at AFRISIG 2018

Posted Thu 25 Oct 2018 - 09:50 | 888 views

All feminists have had to ask themselves in several gatherings and meetings - when can I raise the gender question? Sheena Magenya here reflects on her experiences at AFRISIG 2018, and goes deep into the question of how do we navigate, understand and eventually change such spaces.

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Mariana Fossatti

Socióloga y artista visual, librenauta, commonista, trabaja en @articaonline y @librecoop

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Decolonising Internet Governance

Posted Fri 31 Aug 2018 - 12:42 | 1,857 views

The internet is viewed as the gateway to development. So, how do we respond to the challenge of the persistent digital divide? Mariana Fossatti says that we have to do this from a standpoint of decolonising our thinking, and only that will open the possibilities of reconsideration of the global governance of the internet, prioritising factors of justice and equity.

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Mariana Fossatti

Socióloga y artista visual, librenauta, commonista, trabaja en @articaonline y @librecoop

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A technopolitical approach to online gender-based violence:

Posted Tue 26 Jun 2018 - 06:45 | 2,319 views

Technology is not gender neutral and this article shows how social media companies and tech corporations play a role in perpetuating online gender-based violence. What we need is a critical examination of the tools available and their underlying techno-politics so we can create community alternatives for feminist communication.

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Mariana Valente

Mariana Valente is diretor of InternetLab, a think tank on Internet policy based in São Paulo, Br

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Do we need new laws to address non-consensual circulation of intimate images: the case of Brazil

Posted Sun 17 Jun 2018 - 18:44 | 3,222 views
The choice between developing new laws and frameworks for cyber offences or to work with existing laws is a dilemma faced in many countries in the global South. In this article, the legal solutions to non consensual intimate images are examined from the perspective of women who have been victimised. What do we want and expect from our legal and judicial mechanisms? How can these be more...
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Farhana Akter

Farhana Akter is a veteran development activist with more than ten years of practical experience

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Cyber violence against women: the case of Bangladesh

Posted Sun 17 Jun 2018 - 12:40 | 5,487 views

Violence against women online is shaped by historical, cultural and social factors and this article explores the specific context of Bangladesh. This includes specific targeting of public women and journalists online and the exploitation of women by those they have intimate relationships with. Far from being an "elite white country problem", this article shows how women in the global South...