01 PM | 13 Nov

A DIY #Guide to #Feminist #Cybersecurity [#geekgirl]


Friendships, relationships, work, activism, commerce, and so many other forms of social connections take place digitally. As we thrive in these internet spaces, harassment and violence along intersecting axes of oppression are felt with unchecked force. Trolls launch campaigns of abuse and intimidation, hackers seek to exploit and manipulate your private data, and companies mine and sell your activity for profit. These threats to digital autonomy are gendered, racialized, queerphobic, transphobic, ableist, and classist in nature. The severity of these threats can have vast physical and psychological repercussions for those who experience them: they cannot be taken lightly.

Digital spaces are unique in that you often have to rely on companies and developers to protect your well being and data as you go about your digital life. These companies and developers frequently ignore or underestimate the digital threats to these spaces and their users. There is little in the way of accountability for companies and developers, all the while users are left with little support for the violence they’ve encountered, even being blamed for actions of a malicious attacker.

You have a right to exist safely in digital spaces.

Compiled and written by Noah Kelley in association with the Hack*blossom project

Source: Hack*blossom Cybersecurity

01 PM | 06 Sep

the #cybertwee #manifesto #cutecode [#geekgirl]

“Men should be allowed to express cuteness, prettiness or emotional vulnerability if they want,” Hileman said. “Cybertwee’s culture is anti-sexism, so while obviously it’s not going to be for everyone, as not all people are especially feminine, if some more masculine people can resonate with us and open up to our ideas, perhaps we can find ways to bring more women into the tech world or find ways to narrow wage gaps together. ”

Hileman, Waver and Forest (the 3 founders of cybertwee) are now in the process of curating their first juried show in their ‘Cybertwee Headquarters’, a virtual gallery that will be accessible to everyone via a custom-built app. But they don’t rule out the possibility that future work could be shown in the physical world, though all of them shrug off the idea that showing art in a virtual location is fundamentally different from one in an actual gallery. “We’d like to get away from the notion that there is a separation between ‘real life’ and ‘digital life,'” Waver said.

Source and full article: Broadly

09 PM | 01 Aug

exploring #feminist #hacktivism with deep lab [#geekgirl] #deeplab


Deep Lab call themselves a “congress of cyber-feminist researchers”. What that means in practice is they’re a group of young women, committed to challenging attitudes around privacy, surveillance, code, art, social hacking, race, and capitalism in the 21st Century. While there is a seemingly endless flow of conversation about the changing face of feminism in 2015, it’s hard to think of anyone else who’s thinking as originally as its members. i-D spoke to Addie Wagenknecht, Harlo Holmes, Joana Varon, Allison Burtch, Joana Varon, Jillian York, Simone Browne, and Claire L. Evans about digging deeper and never asking for permission.

Source: i-D