Leveraging the web for discussing safety, harassment and gender violence - some insights

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by Zainab Bawa on Sunday, January 5, 2014

Section
Society

Session type
Lecture

Technical level
Beginner

Objective

This talks draws from insights gathered during a pilot study I am conducting with the Tactical Technology Collective (Bangalore, Berlin). The study explains how organizations and groups working on women's safety, sexual harassment and gender violence are using the web and technology (including websites and mobile apps) for advocacy, information aggregation, data collection, audits, lobbying and changing policies.

Description

This talks draws from insights gathered during a pilot study I am conducting with the Tactical Technology Collective (Bangalore, Berlin). The study explains how organizations and groups working on women's safety, sexual harassment and gender violence are using the web and technology (including websites and mobile apps) for advocacy, information aggregation, data collection, audits, lobbying and changing policies.

The talk will explain three issues:
1). How engagement with the web has eveolved across (roughly) three generations of groups and organizations studied during this pilot;
2). How the web has shaped the strategies and tools used by these organizations and vice-versa;
3). The constituencies / target groups that these organizations and collectives work with, and how the constituencies themselves are changing.

Requirements

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Speaker bio

Zainab Bawa has been conducting ethnographic research since 2003 on space and politics. She is a split personality in that one side of her is the Schedule Nazi and persuasive sales person at HasGeek. This side of her personality is also the co-founder of HasGeek and the great geek herder. The other part of her personality thrives on the stimulation and insights from ethnographic research. This part of her personality stems from her incomplete PhD with which she shares an intense love-hate relationship.