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Real Bodies Look Like What: The Relationship of Pornography and Sex in Pakistani Society

Posted Mon 16 Jan 2023 - 04:23 | 12,935 views

As sex continues to be a taboo in Pakistan's conservative society, men form their understanding of what it looks like from unrealistic pornographic content, leading to direct impact on women and their pleasure in real life. Salwa Rana speaks to women to explore this impact.

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Societal Barriers To Credible Information Makes Women Unsafe In South Asia

Posted Tue 10 Jan 2023 - 05:03 | 688 views

Lack of formal and digital literacy hinders South Asian women's access to credible healthcare related information, forcing them to live with illnesses that never get treated. Anmol Irfan discusses the impact of this barrier.

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Afghan Queer Community’s Access to The Internet Is A Double Edged Sword Under Taliban Rule

Posted Mon 12 Dec 2022 - 01:26 | 1,322 views

As the Taliban government took over Afghanistan in 2021, the already limited space for women and LGBTQI+ folks started to shrink even more. The effects were visible not only in public offline spaces, but very clearly on the internet as well, as members of the Taliban surveilled on people through their social media activities, and subjected them to physical violence. Artemis Akbary speaks to…

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How Platform Design Shapes Working Conditions in India: A Case Study Of Urban Company

Posted Tue 15 Nov 2022 - 04:56 | 1,285 views

Conversations about service delivery apps are usually centred around how customers experience these apps, but rarely do these discussions explore and examine the conditions service providers work in. The study by The Centre for Internet & Society analyses one platform, Urban Company, in India for its treatment of domestic workers who register on the app to provide services on the company's…

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[Part 2] A Commitment to Creativity: The Online Aesthetics of Feminist Labour

Posted Mon 14 Nov 2022 - 05:33 | 1,561 views

This two-part series sheds light on how art and creativity play a key role in activism in Pakistan, and provides the country's feminist movement and struggles a prominent visual aesthetics on the internet.

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[Part 1] A Commitment to Creativity: The Online Aesthetics of Feminist Labour

Posted Mon 14 Nov 2022 - 05:21 | 1,804 views

This two-part series sheds light on how art and creativity play a key role in activism in Pakistan, and provides the country's feminist movement and struggles a prominent visual aesthetics on the internet.

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Navigating Identities: Experiencing Online Violence As A Shia Woman in Pakistan

Posted Sat 29 Oct 2022 - 12:35 | 1,612 views

Shia Muslims are constantly at risk of being targeted with violence on and offline for their religious belief. And with online gender-based violence routinely a problem, when Shia women and queer folks go online, they find themselves at risk of being targeted with abuse from multiple fronts as their two identities combine.

Placard reads, "Abortion is Healthcare". Photo by Gayatri Malhotra on Unsplash

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Lack Of A Data Protection Law Puts Indian Abortion Seekers At Risk

Posted Mon 10 Oct 2022 - 08:47 | 2,530 views

India recently withdrew its data protection bill, putting the data of over a billion people at risk. The already vulnerable individuals became more susceptible to data misuse, especially those already under threat of being targeted for personal choices or identities. This article explores how lack of data protection puts abortion seekers at risk in a society that rejects abortions.

Beauty filters drastically impact young South Asian women's self-esteem. Illustration by Nadège

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Mirror, Mirror on the Phone: How Social Media Beauty Filters Impact South Asian Women

Posted Thu 15 Sep 2022 - 06:24 | 2,358 views

Young women in South Asia struggle with the society's obsession of fair skin and eurocentric features all their lives, so beauty filters on social media apps have been providing them what many home remedies have failed to offer. But how are these tech solutions impacting their self-esteem? Areej Akhtar discusses.

Three people on their phone against a starry background, being surveilled on.

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For Queer People in Pakistan, Pride Flags On Social Media May Be Doing More Harm Than Good

Posted Tue 23 Aug 2022 - 02:40 | 3,626 views

As the world celebrates Pride month every June, in Pakistan, this celebration brings hate and violence to the community. The writer explores how seemingly innocuous expression of queerness and support for the community has opened doors of violence on individuals on the intern