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Feminist talk

A response to ‘The age of the feminist influencer’

Posted Thu 15 Aug 2019 - 10:46 | 432 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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In depth

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

Posted Thu 20 Jun 2019 - 09:46 | 648 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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Use of social media in Manipur – Women lag behind in technological advancement

Posted Thu 21 Feb 2019 - 10:52 | 1,520 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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Publication

Offline and Out of Pocket: The Impact of the Social Media Tax in Uganda on Access, Usage, Income and Productivity

Posted Wed 13 Feb 2019 - 10:58 | 1,515 views
What is the impact of the social media tax in Uganda on the lives of ordinary people - including their productivity and income, access and usage of social media and the internet. Through interviews and discussions, the report explores how people are affected by the tax on the use of platforms such as Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter.
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Sexual Assault in Ghana: How technology can help build visibility

Posted Wed 6 Feb 2019 - 12:17 | 2,929 views

In Ghana sexual assault is vastly under-reported and there is a huge barrier in the police procedures for reporting of crimes. In this article based on multiple interviews, the author explores what role technology can play in addressing this, and can public discourse and visibility around sexual assault lead to change?

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Not too young to run: Politics, gender and social media in Nigeria

Posted Thu 13 Dec 2018 - 11:05 | 1,472 views

Social media and technology is transforming democracy and particularly how voting takes place. In Nigeria a bill was proposed to lower the age of running for public office. Here are short interviews with candidates for public office and for the office of the President, including young women, and their take on Nigeria, representation of women, social meida and its role in politics and movements...

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5 thoughts on online content moderation from an insider

Posted Wed 21 Nov 2018 - 08:23 | 1,808 views

What does content moderation on social media actually entail - how much artificial intelligence and human labour is being used, who is responsible for decisions around the removal of content or about what complaints to ignore? An insider from social media companies shares 5 concise insights on how social media giants actually work. 

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Inclusion, mobility and connection: diverse uses of mobile phones for women with disability

Posted Thu 25 Oct 2018 - 13:41 | 2,003 views

Can technology-based solutions improve the quality of life for people with disabilities? Srinidhi Raghavan interviews various women who talk about how mobile phone usage has benefitted them in terms of communication and social interaction, but also about their real concerns around privacy.

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Shaping the internet we want: Gender perspectives on FIFAfrica 2018

Posted Wed 24 Oct 2018 - 12:21 | 943 views

The annual Forum on Internet Freedom, Africa brings together people from across the African continent to to deliberate on gaps, concerns and opportunities for advancing privacy, access to information, free expression, non-discrimination and the free flow of information online on the continent. But what about gender perspectives? 

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Social Media: The New Frontier for ICT – facilitated Violence against Women

Posted Thu 18 Oct 2018 - 11:50 | 16,200 views

Non consensual circulation or sharing of intimate intimages or non consensual pornography is becoming increasingly prevalent. Here Bonface Witaba shares few studies on this viral social phenomenon, what steps have been taken and are likely to be taken in the context of Kenya, on a global scale and by social media companies to address the problem.