« Gender must be central to the data protection conversation, not a side note »

Ana Brandusescu, Research & Policy Officer at the Web Foundation, writes in a post last month:

Gender plays a significant role in the design and implementation of technology, online privacy, and data protection. In turn, how technology is deployed, how online privacy is protected, and how data is collected and used all impact women differently than men.


There are divides between women who do work on gender, and women who work in tech fields who never mention the word gender. To have these two groups at the opposite side of the same spectrum may not always be constructive, particularly if one group is just talking about gender, while the other one is negating it all together. We must work to bring these groups together, and incorporate women and a gendered perspective to conversations across the spectrum. Moreover, we must work to include a wide range of women’s voices and perspectives in these efforts — an all-white female panel doesn’t support intersectionality in gender.


Read the full post from February 9, 2018 at: https://webfoundation.org/2018/02/gender-must-be-central-to-the-data-protection-conversation-not-a-side-note/

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How womxn in the Global South are reclaiming social media to celebrate being queer

Samukelisiwe Mabaso, an « unapologetic (South) African feminist », shares her thoughts on how a few womxn in the Global South are reclaiming social media to celebrate being queer.

« Although there has been a global progression towards decriminalising people based on their sexuality – why it was criminalised in the first place is beyond me (a conversation for another day) – more work needs to be done in Africa and Southern Asia. Expressing your sexuality in an environment where you could face legal punishment or even death is brave beyond measure. »

Read her column here.

Source : Feminist Talk, a section of GenderIT’s website – feminist reflection on internet policies.

United Nations warning on growing digital ‘chasm’

« The digital divide separating developed and developing nations is in danger of becoming a chasm, warns a UN report.

« The divide has grown thanks to accelerating net connection speeds in developed nations and static ones elsewhere, it said.

« And 52% of the world’s population still has no access to the internet, said the organisation’s Global Broadband Progress report.

« Improved net access was a key driver of other social goals, it said.


« Greater use of information and communication technologies could accelerate a nation’s progress towards, for example, more sustainable agriculture or better health for citizens. »


Read more here.

Source : article on BBC News, 15 September 2017