South Asia

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Weaving a Community Together – From Grassroots to Tech

Posted Tue 29 Oct 2019 - 11:47 | 1,204 views

A photo essay of a community network and the women working at the radio station and using the community network located just at the outskirts of Bangalore in India.

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New age women: Women and their approach towards internet connectivity in rural India

Posted Wed 23 Oct 2019 - 18:43 | 987 views

Availability and affordability of the internet have a major impact on whether women are able to access and use the internet. In this article we explore what happens when community networks bring the internet closer to women and the small and big ways in which this changes their lives.

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Advocating for better ICT laws at the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Forum

Posted Thu 8 Aug 2019 - 11:05 | 624 views

The Asia Pacific Internet Governance Forum just completed in July 2019 and it took place in Russia. There were very few sessions that dealt with either gender or human rights and none that addressed sexuality. At one session there were discussions on the ICT related-laws and particularly on the broad and unclear provisions that deal with online censorship.

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

Posted Thu 11 Jul 2019 - 11:47 | 1,310 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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Private Parts: Obscenity and Censorship in the Digital Age

Posted Mon 24 Jun 2019 - 11:28 | 1,427 views

Between right-wing governments and corporate capture of online spaces, there are interesting shifts in how sexuality is censored and governed online and offline. This article looks at the reach and over-reach of laws related to obscenity and censorship in South Asia and the impact that has had on free speech around sex, sex work and sexuality.

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

Posted Fri 10 May 2019 - 12:47 | 3,113 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.

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Privacy, Personhood and Identity in Surveillance Societies

Posted Wed 6 Mar 2019 - 07:14 | 4,399 views

Privacy was initially understood simply as the right to be left alone. The increasing use of internet, social media, surveillance and algorithmic processing has however shifted the meanings of privacy, and here we explore the conceptual understandings of privacy and its links to autonomy, human dignity and self-determination.

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Use of social media in Manipur – Women lag behind in technological advancement

Posted Thu 21 Feb 2019 - 10:52 | 1,788 views

Access to the internet is finally a priority for companies and acknowledged as human right by governments. However the gender digital divide persists, and in this article we explore what uses women make of the internet in urban and rural parts of Manipur. Is this use limited to social media, what about the generation gap, and the rampant spread of election propaganda?

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No Photos Please: Dating & Hooking Up Via Grindr And Notions of Self-Worth

Posted Fri 18 Jan 2019 - 11:11 | 2,019 views

The second in a series on queerness and privacy, this article explores the relevance of what is legally understood as privacy in the lives of queer people and communities living in the "global South". In this article, the contradictions between online dating for queer and gay people and the precarity of their daily lives is explored.

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Five tips for a successful edit-a-thon on gender

Posted Thu 20 Dec 2018 - 09:50 | 2,329 views

Do you want to organise an edit-a-thon around gender, women in STEM, movements and feminist histories of organising or anything else? Here are a list of (5 and more) things to watch out for - including the safety of your participants and how to navigate the tricky but sometimes essential rules of editing content on Wikipedia.