Mardiya Siba Yahaya
Mardiya Siba Yahaya is a feminist digital sociologist, researcher and community movement builder whose work examines the internet and its cultures from the margins of gender, sexuality, race, geo-political location, and religion. She contributes to creating safer and secure digital societies using intersectional feminist frameworks. Mardiya’s work investigates the implications of technology- facilitated surveillance, harm and violence, on women and the lives of minoritized genders and communities. Mardiya is a Data and Digital rights Researcher at Pollicy, and the Africa Community Lead at Team CommUNITY. She has a Masters in Sociology from the University of the Witwatersrand, and was awarded the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship in 2021. Mardiya recently participated in the fall 2022 research sprint hosted by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society on ‘Digital IDs in Times of Crisis’ where she and her team designed an informative interactive quiz that assesses the digital ID risks and threats against vulnerable groups to provide policy oriented recommendations.
Resilience through Internet Research: Reflections on Conducting Research with Front-Line Defenders in the Horn of Africa
Academically, politically, socially, religiously, realistically and holistically, what is resilience? This reflective piece takes us through the behind the scenes and in-betweens of a research on the (in)visibilitiy of muslim women human right defenders in the Horn of Africa. In their reflection of the research, an invitation to reckon with seeing oneself in the “subject” of one’s research,…
The article argues that digital surveillance is part of gendered and racist disciplinary structures, that manifest in specific forms of online gender-based violence experienced by black Muslim women influencers.