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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 - 13:47 | 2,003 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 - 11:24 | 1,531 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.

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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 - 07:40 | 1,936 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

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The Case of Selective Morality, Sexist Laws and Online Censorship in Pakistan

Posted Tue 19 Jul 2022 - 08:53 | 2,437 views

Internet censorship in the name of morality in Pakistan is rampant, and the trend continues to grow as new laws and regulations are introduced. But just a cursory look at this trend reveals that the censorship is not just vague, but also sexist, targeting women's expression and experiences online.

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EROTICS Regional Survey learnings (2): understanding access and expression, and negotiating differences

Posted Tue 5 Oct 2021 - 15:57 | 1,511 views

Srinidhi Raghavan, coordinator of the EROTICS Regional Survey 2020, shares her learnings from cross-country feminist research on internet and sexuality through the lens of the Feminist Principles of the Internet.

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EROTICS Regional Survey learnings (1): reflections on feminist internet research design

Posted Tue 5 Oct 2021 - 15:32 | 1,662 views

Srinidhi Raghavan, coordinator of the EROTICS Regional Survey 2020, shares her learnings from cross-country feminist research on internet and sexuality in South Asia. In this first part, the researcher reflects around identity, community agency and language.

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Learning digital security as a “non-techie”

Posted Thu 30 Sep 2021 - 23:53 | 3,090 views

This article expresses personal experience of navigating the digital space and learning about digital security in a world filled with neurotypical upper caste people in authority.

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Sexual assault and digital evidence in India (Part 2): Your right to privacy versus the right to complain

Posted Thu 16 Sep 2021 - 16:36 | 1,983 views

In the second and last part of this in-depth article, the author unpacks the persistence of rape myths in judicial reasoning, even veiled under the promises of neutrality and accuracy of digital evidence.

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Sexual assault and digital evidence in India (Part 1): Is electronic data determining whether a woman has been raped or not?

Posted Fri 10 Sep 2021 - 20:28 | 3,203 views

This insightful piece highlights how digital evidence is overwhelming the legal and judicial imagination by looking specifically at cases of rape trials in India.

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Queer on the Internet: The Politics of Visibility

Posted Thu 27 May 2021 - 21:00 | 3,175 views

In this article, three queer-identifying internet users from Pakistan, talk about queer (in)visibility and the precarity of private online spaces for expression.