Publication

Mapping research on gender and digital technology

Posted Tue 3 Jul 2018 - 08:04 | 3,255 views

The emerging sub-field of research around gender and digital technology is united in its understanding that gender biases and stereotypes are embedded in technology, and that this reproduces the existing problems around gender parity, gender-based violence, discrimination and exclusion on the internet. This report is a mapping of the research around gender and digital technology in the decade…

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Why do digital studies so often overlook digital cultures studies?

Posted Tue 7 Nov 2023 - 10:53 | 88 views

This article highlights the need for a balanced approach to understand the intricate social dynamics of the digital world. Fungai Machirori reflects on her podcast journey, emphasizing the value of exploring the social dimensions of digital interactions. The article encourages readers to embrace diverse knowledge systems and promote dialogue in this evolving space.

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Why did Google think two Zimbabwean women writers were the same person?

Posted Fri 15 Sep 2023 - 03:59 | 133 views

Algorithm bias manifests itself in unique ways every single day, affecting people of colour. Fungai Machirori explores how big tech corporations misidentify renowned Black women - error that continues to exist despite various alarms around the said bias.

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Could Instagram’s Threads be a friendlier option for women than Twitter?

Posted Tue 22 Aug 2023 - 02:28 | 195 views

With the introduction of Threads by Meta, there's a need to question whether adding another social media platform to the list of online spaces contributes to the existing problems that women face on the internet, or is it a step in the right direction?

6 women in a video call sharing grief and relief

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Connectivity hacking the pandemic, enabling digital inclusion and unlocking treasure in rural areas

Posted Sun 12 Dec 2021 - 10:08 | 4,305 views

Miami Chirilele writes about how Murambinda Works, a community network in North Buhera, Zimbabwe, has been able to connect 108,000 people, and is hacking the crisis bottom-up.

Illustration with colored faces of women from different origins

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Who is your global South feminism serving?

Posted Thu 20 Aug 2020 - 08:38 | 9,736 views

In this article, the Zimbabwean feminist researcher and writer Fungai Machirori challenges the idea of "the global South" as a homogenous space.

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Cyber violence makes internet use a gendered issue

Posted Mon 13 Aug 2018 - 02:02 | 70 views

Politicians, journalists and other women with public profiles face a substantial share of online harassment, bullying and violence. In this article, Koliwe Majama shows how in the context of the Zimbabwean elections, even as the internet brings the public closer to politicians, it opens up new avenues for discrediting them and their work, and reveals the patriarchal misogyny that underlies…

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Talking digital security and language with Chido Musodza

Posted Fri 13 Oct 2017 - 00:27 | 5,538 views

In this third article on the city conversation on feminist principles of the internet in Harare, Zimbabwe, Daphne Jena interviews Chido Musodza on their work around digital security, the need for security for the women’s movement and feminists, and also broadly their take on the feminist principles of the internet.

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Politics of a feminist internet in Zimbabwe: Resistance and Silence

Posted Tue 26 Sep 2017 - 09:59 | 4,638 views

In this article Anthea Taderera looks at the personal and political meaning and potentials of a feminist internet. What does it mean to imagine and create a black, African feminist space with room for archiving, theorising and engagement away/free from the surveillance and regulation of state and private parties alike?

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[SPECIAL EDITION] Interview with Maggie Mapondera : A feminist internet must always be grounded offline

Posted Thu 7 Sep 2017 - 04:47 | 10,084 views
In this interview with Maggie Mapondera, she unpacks movement-building and the role of ICTs. Movements are built around shared stories and passions, and ICTs are one aspect of how momentum is built and sustained around a cause. Here Maggie Mapondera shows how women's stories are powerful and can potentially change the world, but we must listen with care and integrity.