Africa

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Kondoa Community Network: Breaking gender Digital divides

Posted Wed 21 Aug 2019 - 12:48 | 253 views

Community networks provide alternatives to infrastructure to access internet that is controlled by either companies or the state. In the remote area where Kondoa Community Network works, even patchy services have been helpful to ensure access to better education and medical services. 

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A response to ‘The age of the feminist influencer’

Posted Thu 15 Aug 2019 - 10:46 | 694 views

How we organise around shared causes and beliefs has changed with the internet. This piece looks at how the internet allows leadership to be decentralised, and a response to the idea that the age of influencers is necessarily a bad thing.

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How we reimagine and redefine freedoms

Posted Thu 4 Jul 2019 - 14:25 | 794 views

What is the extraordinary power of storytelling and art when it comes to the liberation of personhood and sexuality. Here we explore the domino effect of telling our stories and hearing others.

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Sliding into the DMs - is the internet helping/hurting our snaxing?

Posted Wed 26 Jun 2019 - 10:14 | 471 views

In this podcast by Tiff and Manda, they explore what is happening when the internet enters the worlds(s) of lesbian, bisexual, queer women and others. Does it open up possibilities of those sliding into our DMs or can it be risky and even dangerous to be openly LGBTQI online. 

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In depth

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

Posted Thu 20 Jun 2019 - 09:46 | 677 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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Why it is good that Ethiopians are debating homosexuality?

Posted Fri 14 Jun 2019 - 22:54 | 995 views

In this last week there has been an uproar in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer people in Ethiopia, and also a backlash of online threats, harassment and violence.

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What lies behind the fears of digital identity? The experience of the Huduma number in Kenya

Posted Thu 30 May 2019 - 12:03 | 1,053 views

The rollout of the Huduma namba is taking place over Kenya. This article traces the experience of one young woman Nyangi as she tries to get a card, and more broadly the problems and hurdles posed by the system of digital identity.

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Food for the social media soul: Why Indians viciously debate nutrition online

Posted Wed 8 May 2019 - 14:22 | 7,431 views

Food and in particular nutrition for children is a widely debated topic on social media, media and onground in India, and the reason for this is how caste plays a role. This article breaks down why the imposition of veganism or a savarna diet would harm children who are poor and do not have access to the same privileges as others.

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Artificial intelligence for mental health

Posted Thu 2 May 2019 - 14:11 | 4,354 views

This article explores mental health facilities in Kenya and if artificial intelligence can provide solutions for the dire need for infrastructure. Even if the use of artificial intelligence poses a solution to this, there are risks for data and privacy, algorithmic bias and large scale misdiagnosis. AI can only work when alongside human and humane treatment.

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Making our presence felt: women's involvement in online content creation in Ghana

Posted Thu 25 Apr 2019 - 13:23 | 815 views

In this exploration of the questions of access and economy for women in Ghana, the author takes a closer look at the digital gender-gap. When women don't have equal access to the internet then what are the economic implications?