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Feminist cyborgs activism fundraising and security online

Feminist Cyborgs: Activism, Fundraising and Security Online

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


Feminist cyborgs activism fundraising and security online

  • 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


Feminist cyborgs activism fundraising and security online

  • 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


Feminist cyborgs activism fundraising and security online

  • 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/


Feminist cyborgs activism fundraising and security online

Know your rights

Take control

Know your tools Know your risk

Recognise that context matters –threats and violators

How can we respond?


Feminist cyborgs activism fundraising and security online

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


Feminist cyborgs activism fundraising and security online

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


Feminist cyborgs activism fundraising and security online

www.takebackthetech.net

[email protected]


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