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Feminist Cyborgs: Activism, Fundraising and Security Online

Jan Moolman, Association for Progressive Communications, Women’s Rights Programme: 3 December 2012


  • What is the issue?

    • the internet and ICTs provide critical spaces and opportunities to exercise freedoms, claim rights, perform identities, take action, connect, show solidarity

    • while more women’s rights organisations and individual women are using the internet and other ICTs there are growing incidences of technology-related violence against women (VAW), and general threats to safety and security


  • What are the common threats?

    • cyber stalking

    • sexual harassment

    • privacy violations

    • manipulation of personal information including images and videos

    • ... affects how we work, play, love


  • Stories

    • She’s begging to be raped:

    • https://www.takebackthetech.net/write/shes-begging-be-raped-twitterverse-feminists-pakistan

    • Digital Security: Drop-in centre of Ugandan sex worker organisation raided:

    • https://www.apc.org/en/news/digital-security-drop-centre-ugandan-sex-worker-or

  • Danger and opportunity: ICTs and women human rights defenders

  • http://www.genderit.org/node/3469

  • Take Back the Tech! But know the risks first (interview with African activists on secure online communications)

  • http://www.genderit.org/node/3501/


Know your rights

Take control

Know your tools Know your risk

Recognise that context matters –threats and violators

How can we respond?


Basic security

  • HTTPS everywhere – online searches

  • TOR – pops your request through different servers

  • Email – use encryption

  • Mobile phones – password protection

  • Password tips – most critical

  • Facebook – don’t tag or upload pictures without permission; use privacy settings


Useful resources

  • Take Back The Tech - https://www.takebackthetech.net/be-safe

  • Tactical Tech’s Me and My Shadow - https://myshadow.org/

  • Ono - https://onorobot.org/

  • Connect Your Rights - rights.apc.org


www.takebackthetech.net

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