In the continuum of #privacy and #data

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privacy by g4ll4is on flickr.com
privacy by g4ll4is on flickr.com

I have always regard myself as a public person. It is not so much about me being “known” as much as being comfortable with being known and speaking/act publicly.

Still I have an intimacy, something inherently mine that I do not want to share with almost anyone and many many things I want to share with specific people.

When it comes to politic the line has always being blurry. As a feminist my practise is that the personal is political and the political, as we all know is public, so my personal most often had been, as I said, very much public. Continue reading “In the continuum of #privacy and #data”

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The knot, il nodo, чвор: blog post 0

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via Flickr.com by Thomas
via Flickr.com by Thomas

The knot is my new blog title, and this is post 0, it will be short considering that its function is to fill in the blank blogroll of this wordpress site.

It will about many things and some people, many events from an individual feminist and gender fluid perspective.

It will migrate languages and mistake grammars.

What else? Continue reading “The knot, il nodo, чвор: blog post 0”

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Autocracy 2.0 at the Internet Governance Forum

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Originally published on GenderIT.ot, Feminist talks

This is my first IGF, I have sneaked into the arena of Internet Governance during the WSIS. At that time I decided to retire and be a distant witness. This year I am here, listening, learning, observing and exercising my right to express my visions, my active feminist citizenship – which was censored today (7th Nov.) in the workshop 89 room 8 by the “aggressively moderate” Robert Guerra.

Baku, IGF venue - Image by Shawna Finnegan
Baku, IGF venue – Image by Shawna Finnegan

It would be a minor incident if was not for the fact that the workshop was entitled “civic liberties in the digital era” and we were listening to the experience of Emin Milli, a writer, about Autocracy 2.0 as applied to him by the Azerbaijan regime.

Such paradoxical behaviour! Having expressed my profound dissent and leaving the room, having spoken its name, here I think that Autocracy 2.0 deserves more attention than the unstable moderator of the workshop gave it.

What is Autocracy 2.0? It is the subtle ability of a government to silence opposition. It counts on online freedom and the necessity to display dissent and then uses this to attack him/her in offline spaces (aka ‘real life’) and, if necessary, also attack close family and friends and, of course, threaten physical security. The highest threat remains imprisonment, with eventual liberation, in a way or another, and in a longer or shorter period.

So Autocracy 2.0 is not only the perfect framework for countries such as Azerbaijan but is also a perfect framework for all the imperfect democracies in which we live in, in our less or least developed countries. Balkans activists and journalists have a long experience past and present, and at the moment Macedonia is the most Autocratic 2.0 of all.

Image by Shawna Finnegan

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Anonymize yourself: digital security and feminist practice of technology

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Originally published on GenderIT.org, Feminist talks

From the 16th to the 18th of April I attended a pre-event to the 12th AWID forum that was focusing on the intersection between information and communication technology, the internet and feminist practices, and that was interrogating privacy and security in online spaces and on our devices.

As the day passed, I saw myself surrendering to the fact that there is nothing good in the laziness of a routine that prevents us from thinking about the technological abuse that we as women activists can suffer and make others suffer. When on the 18th April we had the feminist tech exchange I understood that I need, I have to anonymise myself. Continue reading “Anonymize yourself: digital security and feminist practice of technology”

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Advocating for a Revolutionary Consciousness

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Originally published on GenderIT.org, Feminist talks

Another day had passed and tomorrow will be the last day of the AWID 2012 Forum.. At the end of day two I fell down, literally, I just fell. It did hurt but I stood up and went to the party a bit scored but, all in all, well.

others, name tags - AWID Fomrum 2012
others, name tags – AWID Fomrum 2012

The Underground Cistern is an incredible place from the Romans’ time, adapted to disco. But the drinks were far too expensive so a few friends of mine went out buying a bottle for what inside bought one drink. I left relatively early and went with C. outside talking all night about ourselves, our politics, our pasts, love, money, violence witnessed and much much more. Continue reading “Advocating for a Revolutionary Consciousness”

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