“REVENGE PORN” IN BRAZIL:  SOME REFLECTIONS ON GENDER, SEXUALITY AND FIELD WORK ON AND ABOUT THE INTERNET

“REVENGE PORN” IN BRAZIL: SOME REFLECTIONS ON GENDER, SEXUALITY AND FIELD WORK ON AND ABOUT THE INTERNET

  The term “revenge porn” is being used in several countries and contexts (by feminists, the media, law and policy makers) to refer to the unconsented disclosure of intimate, erotic or sexual material, usually via internet. While placing various legal questions about privacy and the liability of Internet providers, the debates that surround it allow […]

Online sexual violence against children and teenagers, vulnerabilities and inequalities: ethnographical notes about two favelas in Brazil.

Online sexual violence against children and teenagers, vulnerabilities and inequalities: ethnographical notes about two favelas in Brazil.

  The central theme of my postdoctoral research is the understanding of different constructions of the notion of sexual violence against children and adolescents in communities characterized as “socially vulnerable.” The fieldwork that gives base to the proposed reflections has as context two favelas of the city of Rio de Janeiro: Morro da Providência and […]

A snapshot of politics on Facebook in a quantitative perspective – The angry, but not sad, populists

A snapshot of politics on Facebook in a quantitative perspective – The angry, but not sad, populists

  Facebook is full of people constantly expressing their opinions through reactions, comments, friend requests etc. It can be a great challenge for social scientists to extract patterns and find the general tendencies of how people are communicating on the platform. Of course it would be presumptuous to explain how Facebook is used in its […]

Using E-democracy for the Political Inclusion of Indigenous Peoples in Latin America

Using E-democracy for the Political Inclusion of Indigenous Peoples in Latin America

The first decade of the new millennium will be remembered in Latin America for strong economic growth and unprecedented reduction of inequality. It also coincided with the end of the United Nations’ First International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (1995-2004),[1] which intended to strenghthen the position of indigenous peoples as relevant actors in the […]

“I hate it with a passion”: Compulsive connection, Facebook and cultures of affiliation

“I hate it with a passion”: Compulsive connection, Facebook and cultures of affiliation

  People are using media more than they sleep and social media are a major factor in that use. People at different life stages and from different generations are often understood to have fundamentally different patterns of digital communication, often across different platforms. Many have argued that Facebook is important for the presentation of self, […]

DATA SHARING, INTERNET SERVERS, AND CLIMATE CHANGE: ‘WHAT’S YOURS IS MINE, AND WHAT’S MINE IS…’

DATA SHARING, INTERNET SERVERS, AND CLIMATE CHANGE: ‘WHAT’S YOURS IS MINE, AND WHAT’S MINE IS…’

  Today, 5,600,000,000 results were retrieved after a Google search on the term ‘data’ (after 0.55 seconds). Other web search engines, such as Bing, Yahoo!, Baidu, AOL or Ask might provide alternative results. In the patterns of everyday life, more than 90% of all the available data on the internet was generated since 2011, and […]

“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 […]

Ulysses in Cyberspace

Ulysses in Cyberspace

For decades, tech companies have competed to make devices that can do more and more, faster and faster, with less and less user effort. In a current culmination of this trend, powerful smartphones have enabled us to truly do anything anywhere anytime. But a surprising opposition has emerged against the ruling wisdom that ‘convenience is […]

Privateers and Modern-day Cyberspace

Privateers and Modern-day Cyberspace

Cyber Security is an actor-rich area: many different entities influence the security of the various actors. The dynamics of such a space are of special interest to international relations scholars. In my upcoming talk at Connected Life 2015, I will share from my on-going DPhil research using a historical analogy to mercantile companies, privateers, and […]