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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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Lamia Kosovic is an instructional designer and lecturer in Gender Studies and Communication Arts.

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Becoming an agent of change

Posted Tue 19 Aug 2014 - 13:36 | 5,517 views
Are feminists bored with online activism? Cyber feminists’ minor politics and affirmative political approach often presents us with dynamic, thematic and changeable maps of affinities, of political kinship, and there is a strong potential in the crafting of such unities. However, there are more than just a few obstacles that feminists in the virtual communities have to deal with. “But their...
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Nyx

Nyx is a feminist, activist, and a masters student at Rhodes University.

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Marginalised desires and the internet

Posted Tue 12 Aug 2014 - 17:14 | 5,739 views
This article explores marginalised desires and the need individuals have to express these desires online, especially when it may not be safe to do so offline. Attention is brought to the need to protect individuals’ rights to engage in sharing content and expressing their desires online; and the need for digital security to protection their data and identities. The article also discusses notions...
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MelissaHopeDitmore

Melissa Hope Ditmore, PhD, is a consultant specializing in issues of gender, development, health

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Thirty years after 1984: Who’s looking at you?

Posted Tue 12 Aug 2014 - 16:43 | 5,188 views
Recording cameras everywhere, facial recognition software, gait-recognition technology, unauthorized collection of pictures: It is widely known now that private companies are working with states on surveillance, but does this affect women and girls in a particular way? “While online security is for everyone, women and girls are frequent targets of malicious attacks online, and they suffer greater...
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Richa Kaul Padte is a writer, researcher and bass-music lover.

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The not-so-strange feeling that someone’s always watching you

Posted Tue 12 Aug 2014 - 16:31 | 7,620 views
“The neighbour resembling plastic-bag-recording Ricky in American Beauty, who takes surreptitious pictures of you while collecting the day’s post. That picture of me that I posted 7 years ago on MySpace that’s now doing the rounds on some misogynistic Reddit thread. That nanny cam set up to protect your 6-year-old niece whose footage ends up on a child porn site. For most women, Big Brother lives...
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Flavia Fascendini vive en una ciudad en el interior de Argentina y es directora de comunicaciones

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Interview with Nana Darkoa: Adventures from the bedroom of an African woman

Posted Thu 8 May 2014 - 00:10 | 7,808 views
Three (and many more) online is not a crowd – neither online nor offline. That is what the multi-award-winning blog "Adventures from the bedrooms of African women" posits. In this interview, one of the blog's founders and writers, Nana Darkoa from Ghana, talks about how this space started, what the boundaries are, and what it takes to build a safe and free space where African women can openly...

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Erika Smith: "It’s society’s responsibility, the companies’, and our countries’ to keep us safe"

Posted Wed 7 May 2014 - 13:54 | 4,737 views
People Links is a monthly online gathering hosted by May First/People Link members, for members and open to the public. On 27 March they hosted a discussion on technology-related violence against women and the tensions that exist between combating hate speech and the right to freedom of expression. The discussion featured Erika Smith from the APC Women's Rights Programme (WRP).
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Minna Salami

Minna Salami is a Nigerian-Finnish writer and the founder of MsAfropolitan (

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The coming of (digital) age: How African feminists are using the internet to change women's lives

Posted Mon 5 May 2014 - 13:24 | 13,782 views
In this article, the writer Minna Salami states that while the digital wave is marked by more diversity than previous feminist waves, with people of all walks of life contributing, it is nevertheless predominantly the ways that white/western feminists challenge patriarchal structures using the internet that has garnered attention. "However, important milestones of the global feminist struggle go...
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Flavia Fascendini vive en una ciudad en el interior de Argentina y es directora de comunicaciones

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(Audio) Erika Smith in People Links Digital Gatherings: "We live in a world where privacy is not the default setting"

Posted Sun 4 May 2014 - 17:06 | 3,951 views

People Links is a monthly online gathering hosted by May First/People Link members, for members and open to the public. On 27 March they hosted a discussion on technology-related violence against women and the tensions that exist between combating hate speech and the right to freedom of expression.

The discussion featured Erika Smith from the APC Women’s Rights Programme (WRP).

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Syar S. Alia is a writer and editor based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Conversation with Maureen James, Funding and Strategy Specialist at IFEX

Posted Wed 23 Apr 2014 - 06:50 | 4,653 views

Maureen James is Funding and Strategy Specialist at the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) where she has been mobilising funds to support implementation of IFEX programmes and projects since 2003. Maureen has 20 years of experience working at Canadian and international non-profit organizations, all of them networks working together for change – including Web Networks, the...

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Flavia Fascendini vive en una ciudad en el interior de Argentina y es directora de comunicaciones

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Fighting the backlash: Moving the agenda forward at the CSW

Posted Sun 6 Apr 2014 - 00:18 | 5,764 views
The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women was held in New York from 10 to 21 March 2014. While there were strategic moves forward in relation to ICTs and tech-related violence against women, the APC Women's Rights Programme discuss both the highlights and the frustrations the women's movement faces in pushing the women's rights agenda forward.