Notes for a more inclusive internet: Alt Text as poetry

Florencia Goldsman
In the context of creating feminist infrastructures, a call from the feminist collective Numun Fund sparked the creation of a workshop “Talking heads: creative translation of images for a feminist internet”, a space guided by feminist exploration that sought to make the internet more inclusive and focuses on the needs of people living with vision disabilities.  In this article, we summarise the highlights of what we learned in the sessions.

Hedone e-zine: Infusing pleasure

Tshegofatso Senne
Fighting patriarchy and ableism through pleasure work. Defining what pleasure is. Compiling Online Gender Based Violence (OGBV) research. Being kinky, queer and vulnerable online. Interviewing sex workers, coaches writers, researchers and artists. Embracing queer identity in the face of online violence. Understanding the experiences of African women who had faced various consequences due to OGBV. Discussing how anonymity and depersonalization can be tools for safer sexual expression online. Monetising the male gaze as a sex worker. Raising awareness around digital self-care and understanding how to send nudes safely.

COVID-19 apps: keynotes for debating the wave of patriarchal techno-solutionism

Florencia Goldsman

This is not just another of the dozens of articles about COVID-19 apps already published in the media around the world. This post is based on the assertion that we women experience a continuum of surveillance over our bodies, and that this control is exacerbated during health crises. We are not safe when we move around cities. We are raped or killed just for walking down the street, but we are also killed inside our homes, especially when we have to self-isolate and are in charge of caretaking. So let's look at the pros and cons of implementing COVID-19 apps from a cyber-feminist and intersectional perspective.

Whose streets? Ours! Witness silencing. Occupy. Create. 25 Nov - 10 Dec.

Take Back the Tech! is a campaign that reclaims the internet and women's often ignored herstory with technology, exploring and encouraging the creative use of digital technologies to denounce and eliminate online gender-based violence (GBV). Its name echoes back to the Take Back the Night marches all over the world, where women reclaimed public streets as their own, especially at night when they were told to stay inside because it wasn't safe. Today, the streets of the internet are increasingly inseparable from the streets of our lives and our communities.

Feminist Forwards

Take Back the Tech! would not be complete without fun tech

play!We invite you to participate in our Feminist Forwards brainstorms in English and Spanish 4 December, and in French on 10 December, to collaboratively dream about the messages we'd like to receive and send in times of protest or celebration.

What sentiments would you like to see pop up on your message feed to fire your commitment?

What would you say to a friend in need? Or that perfect comeback you thought of after the fact?