surveillance

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The internet of Things: smart devices, quantified self, dolls and vibrators

Posted Thu 27 Apr 2017 - 10:28 | 5,340 views
If an object has a chip, it becomes smart, and by extension our houses become smarter - and so do our cities, hospitals, toys, phones. But what about the inventors, the creators, the owners, the users of all these smart and tiny things - are we becoming smarter? Reflecting on sessions in Rights Con 2017 in Brussels, Vale examines the ways in which the internet of things can lead to invasive...

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What is sexual surveillance and why does it matter

Posted Mon 6 Mar 2017 - 22:06 | 8,727 views

We can no longer ignore the pervasive datafication of our lives - the ways in which our habits, illness, abilities, relations are abstracted, and our bodies made into data by an intersecting range of institutions and processes. In this article, the gendered, sexualised and racialised nature of surveillance is unpacked, so we maintain a focus on the power relations involved. Surveillance...

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Big Data and Sexual Surveillance

Posted Mon 23 Jan 2017 - 15:34 | 7,697 views
Surveillance has historically functioned as an oppressive tool to control women’s bodies and is closely related to colonial modes of managing populations. Big data, metadata and the technologies used to collect, store and analyse them are by no means neutral, but come with their own exclusions and biases. This paper highlights the gendered and racialised effects of data practices; outlines the...

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Algorithmic discrimination and the feminist politics of being in the data

Posted Mon 5 Dec 2016 - 18:25 | 7,419 views
Global data volume has grown exponentially in recent years and experts expect this trend to continue. The wider trend towards the pervasive datafication of our lives is not one we can just sit out. Big data and the algorithmic decisions it feeds permeate citizenship, healthcare, welfare states, education, finance, law enforcement as well as the ways in which we shop, travel, and live our social...

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Its 2016 and Facebook is still terrified of women's nipples

Posted Thu 10 Nov 2016 - 07:11 | 5,674 views
Facebook's arbitrary policy on women's nipples has angered many, who find their content removed or accounts suspended or banned. Japleen Pasricha writes about being repeatedly 'punished' by Facebook for posting content on the social media platform that is feminist and bold, about young women growing up and even images of protest by women in Manipur against the oppression of the Indian army and...

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5 reasons why surveillance is a feminist issue

Posted Mon 15 Aug 2016 - 15:06 | 7,689 views
Contemporary surveillance practices are to a large extent big data driven, underpinned by a collect-it-all logic, and ever expanding due to fear-mongering, yet pervasive national security discourse. Surveillance technologies and practices have not only multiplied in scale and quantity. Too often, feminist issues on the one hand, and discussions around privacy and surveillance on the other still...

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Facebook's Real Name Policy: Does it actually help to keep the online community safe?

Posted Tue 19 Jul 2016 - 00:00 | 4,224 views
We conducted a small survey of LGBTQIA users of Facebook and asked them what do THEY think of the real-name policy. Does this policy ensure their safety which is what Facebook claims, or does it expose them online and leave them vulnerable to harassment.

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Women's safety? There is an app for that

Posted Thu 19 May 2016 - 12:36 | 9,465 views
There are myriad mobile phone apps meant to be deployed for personal safety, but technical wizardry perhaps makes it easy to lose sight of the fact that technology is not a saviour but a tool or an enabler. Technology alone cannot be the panacea of a problem that is deeply complex and, in reality, rooted in society and governance.

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Censorship, privacy, surveillance: Protect your data

Posted Thu 31 Mar 2016 - 16:54 | 5,353 views
No one person rules the internet and internet governance is constantly changing. Therefore one can assume we need to dictate what we allow and what we do not. Just as greatly as we fight to protect our physical realities, why not do the same for our virtual worlds?

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Gender dynamics need to be addressed in communications surveillance in Uganda

Posted Thu 4 Dec 2014 - 14:06 | 4,791 views
The incident involving the prime minister highlights why there is growing concern over the governance and regulation of communication surveillance, and how it is being used to infringe on one’s right to privacy in Uganda. Because this case affected a high-ranking Ugandan official, the question is, how safe is the ordinary Ugandan? And from a gender activist perspective, what are the gender...