“The Solution To Online ‘Harassment’ Is Simple: Women Should Log Off”

“The Solution To Online ‘Harassment’ Is Simple: Women Should Log Off”

Image Source. The Special Rapporteurs for freedom of expression and violence against women issued a common statement on the International Women’s Day on the 8th of March 2017. In the statement they called for action from governments, companies and civil society organisations to tackle online gender-based abuse and violence, emphasising that such action needed to […]

Marginalized, victimized, and unaware: Cyber security threats, age cohort and the second digital divide

Marginalized, victimized, and unaware: Cyber security threats, age cohort and the second digital divide

  The impact of the digital divide is a concern for many stakeholders; in many ways it functionally isolates those who don’t have the resources to go online. However, crossing that divide opens individuals up to online safety threats. These threats can range from multi-modal personalized scams to stealthy malware. Facing these dangers can be […]

Facing NCII in Brazil from an intersectionality standpoint

Facing NCII in Brazil from an intersectionality standpoint

At InternetLab, we have been developing research on online violence against women in Brazil for the past 2,5 years. The majority of our efforts have been directed towards reading judicial decisions to find out which legal framework has been applied to the problem of non-consensual dissemination of intimate images (NCII, or “revenge porn”), and, to […]

Digital Divide and Application Development in Developing Countries: A Routine-Based Approach

Digital Divide and Application Development in Developing Countries: A Routine-Based Approach

The high growth rates in mobile phone ownership combined with relatively easy access to software development kits and application programming interfaces have made application development feasible even in the more underdeveloped areas of the globe. As a result, countries that traditionally have been identified as recipients of technology have had the opportunity to become technology […]

Evaluating Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Israel & New Zealand Websites: A Comparative Study

Evaluating Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Israel & New Zealand Websites: A Comparative Study

  Intro: This first-of-its-kind study compares the degree of (and factors underlying) web accessibility for people with disabilities, of public sector or NPO websites in Israel and New Zealand — two countries with similar laws and sociological characteristics — based on a representative sample Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 criteria, accepted by many countries. […]

Mobile as a part of the technological simulation of consciousness in the world of digital inequality

Mobile as a part of the technological simulation of consciousness in the world of digital inequality

  Discussing how far mankind went with mobile technologies, it is interesting to point out that already in 1964 the famous theorist of media, Marshal McLuhan predicted this scenario in his book ‘Understanding Media: Extension of Man’: “Rapidly, we approach the final phase of the extensions of man – the technological simulation of consciousness” (McLuhan, […]

THE INTERNET AS A POSSIBILITY OF EMPOWERMENT FOR THE URBAN POPULAR CLASSES IN BRAZIL

THE INTERNET AS A POSSIBILITY OF EMPOWERMENT FOR THE URBAN POPULAR CLASSES IN BRAZIL

  This study reflects on the Internet and its resources, especially social media websites, as a scenario of empowerment for the Brazilian urban popular classes, which find in that space an opportunity to express their opinions, to socialize with their friends and family and to discover new horizons and conjunctures. According to the research “Information […]

The Saudi Government Reactions to YouTube based Programming: The Content Makers’ Perspective

The Saudi Government Reactions to YouTube based Programming: The Content Makers’ Perspective

  The issue that this paper addresses is YouTube based programming in Saudi Arabia. It focuses on the bottom-up, professionally generated content (PGC) produced by the Saudi youth exclusively for YouTube – between 2010 and 2016. It explores the political context of YouTube based programming and is aimed at understanding how the programme makers operate […]

Knowledge gaining and political participation as a result of bypassing the Great Firewall? Digital inequality between the Chinese netizens on either side of the wall

Knowledge gaining and political participation as a result of bypassing the Great Firewall? Digital inequality between the Chinese netizens on either side of the wall

This image is from https://world.wng.org/2016/07/blocked_by_the_great_firewall   To make Facebook could possibly across the Chinese Great Firewall, Mark Zuckerberg has been working so hard (like showing his fluently speaking Mandarin online, meeting Chinese politicians, and trying to sell a Chinese version Facebook which could allow the governmental censorship possible) to please the Chinese government and the […]