A global conversation on how the internet can strengthen and better facilitate feminist activism and what are key issues we need to engage with and interrogate to realise its transformative potential is taking place all week on Twitter. #imagineafeministinternet #takebackthetech
How are we discussing the commodification of our bodies, behaviors, thoughts and data? How has the internet disrupted or reinforced capitalist frameworks? Is the internet enabling greater diversity of sexual expression or growing opportunities for the policing of sexuality? Do we rely too much on the internet for our work? Does activism 2.0 simply satisfy our need to “do something” without truly effecting change?
Fifty people from all over the world are meeting about this issue next week and will incorporate your ideas into an evolving framework on what it takes to create a feminist internet.
- Questions and invitation to #imagineafeministinternet
- Digital Misogyny
How does misogyny manifest on the internet? What are the new and old ways? Who are the actors and who are the survivors? What forms of misogyny take center stage when we discuss violence against women? Whose experiences? What have been the effective responses to online misogyny? What are the limitations of responses from activists, private sector, governments, lawmakers, etc?
- Feminist Activism
Is it hurting us, this reliance on the internet for our activism? What does it mean when every campaign needs a hashtag or a facebook page? Is it a Western/Northern push? With so many resources pushed towards it, have we affected the politics of social media? How can we critique it even as we recognize the value of it? What is the internet we need to facilitate new forms of feminist activism?
Digital Constructions of Gender & Sexuality
How has the internet changed social constructions of gender? Has it changed how femininity or masculinity are constructed? How has internet facilitated queer movements and allowed for queer expression? What has this activism contributed to? What do we want more of or less of?
Freedom of ExpressionWhere lie the tensions between FoE activists and feminists? Is there content that we believe should be censored? Is the answer to hate speech more speech? Does the internet self-regulate itself? How do we support feminist content online? And what kind of content is that?
The Internet We Dreamed Of
What did we expect from the internet 10 years ago? What did we hope it would do for feminism? What happened? What were the milestones in the last 10 years that changed the digital sphere? How did it affect women’s movements? How has the internet shifted or changed the way that we understand power, politics, activism, and agency? How do we live our lives on the internet as a space today?
Sexual Expression & PornographyHow has the internet facilitated the proliferation of sexual expression online? Have diverse sexualities been part of this? In what ways? Who is drawing the line between legitimate and illegitimate sexual expression? What do we think? Is there a line to be drawn? For what or whose purposes?
Digital SafetyWhat does it mean for us to be safe online, as individuals or groups? What are the threats? Who is responsible for upholding our safety? What is it we need to be more safe? How do we face the macho militarization of digital security?
- Tweeples who #imagineafeministinternet