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A is for Agency

Posted Wed 10 Jul 2013 - 16:12 | 13,801 views
It’s been a great month for cyber-feminism. The #FBrape campaign succeeded in changing the social network giant’s policies on violence against women in record time. The global alarm over the NSA surveillance scandal created mass awareness over privacy and access to personal data. And Instagram launched hipster filters for videos. Perhaps not as breakthrough, but definitely encouraging of more...

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Tangled, like wool - Sex, sexuality and the internet in India

Posted Wed 10 Jul 2013 - 14:19 | 11,905 views
A recent survey of sexual rights activists in India shows that most consider the internet an integral part of their activism. Tangled, Like Wool explores several intertwined questions arising from this: What does the internet bring to sexual rights activism? Do the online and the offline complement each other in this kind of activism? How does keeping the internet free and open strengthen...

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How activism shapes your experience of being a citizen on the internet

Posted Tue 9 Jul 2013 - 13:34 | 13,642 views
What does it mean to use the internet freely and fully? What freedom do you have to express who you are, how you live your life, what you desire, dream and believe in on the internet? And how safely can you communicate, contribute, exist, navigate and be in the spaces online that can so powerfully connect you to communities and knowledges that build our sense of self? This article written by...

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Women’s rights and threats to online freedom: reflections from the Freedom Online Conference 17 to 18 June 2013

Posted Mon 8 Jul 2013 - 13:37 | 4,461 views
From 17 to 18 June 2013 I took part in the conference on online freedom known as Freedom Online. This conference, carrying the same name of the coalition behind it, highlighted the continent in which it was hosted. In the midst of the international storm about surveillance and censorship, our specific focus was online freedom in Africa and the Arab world as Tunisia, like all of the Maghreb, has...

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Blaming the victim

Posted Tue 18 Dec 2012 - 14:51 | 7,035 views
It was a bit like ping-pong - reporters, activists, and representatives from civil society organisations in a hot debate on privacy in Facebook. Some pointed out how Facebook (FB) from its inception is designed to encourage giving up your innermost secrets – or at least your relationship status. That privacy configurations change frequently on FB and it's hard to keep up or understand the...

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Digital World 2012: stories to end violence against women

Posted Mon 17 Dec 2012 - 20:48 | 8,647 views
The "Digital World 2012 - Knowledge to Prosperity conference":http://www.digitalworld.org.bd in Dhaka, Bangladesh 6-8 December was an amazing mashup of private sector, government, education, and civil society united in their interest in ICT for development. As coordinator of APC's "End violence: Women's rights and safety online project":...

Power of stories to reclaim women's rights

Posted Fri 14 Dec 2012 - 13:11 | 7,518 views
The 2012 "Take Back the Tech! campaign":https://www.takebackthetech.net/, a collaborative campaign that takes place annually during the "16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence":http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/, featured 16 stories for 16 days. Each of these stories presented a different way how...

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Taking back the tech by tweeting for women´s rights

Posted Wed 12 Dec 2012 - 17:15 | 5,344 views
This selection of tweets circulated during the 2012 Take Back the Tech! campaign spotlights some of the key issues addressed during the 16 Days as well as relevant and provocative resources regarding violence against women and technologies.
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Security online, security offline

Posted Wed 12 Dec 2012 - 12:18 | 7,396 views
As I write, our online campaign: "respect online, respect offline" which, for 16 days, highlighted violence against women and girls in line with the campaign Take Back the Tech! inviting women and girls to use ICT to denounce violence, has just come to an end. But I realize that our campaign has been disrupted by the violence in my country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, even though it has not...

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The online world might be scary, but it can be a place where we empower one another

Posted Wed 12 Dec 2012 - 12:08 | 8,653 views
Online harassment has become incredibly common for women around the world. Perpetrators of this violence act without fear of recourse, as anonymity protects them, and law does not limit their hate speech. Many women leave the online world out of fear that this violence will affect them in the offline world. But there are strategies that exist for women online activists to use to protect...