Feminist Tech Exchange at the AWID Forum in Istanbul
From APC Women
What are the emerging risks and challenges that women's rights
advocates face in using technology for activism? How can we strategise
to work more safely and securely online? What is the feminist politics
of privacy, security and the right to participate on the internet?
Are you attending the AWID Forum this year? If you are, join us at the
Feminist Tech Exchange to explore and exchange ideas and strategies on
the feminist politics and practices of online security, privacy and
What is the FTX? 18 April 2012
The FTX @ AWID Forum 2012 builds from the success of Feminist Tech
eXchange (FTX) at the 2008 AWID Forum. This year, the FTX @ AWID Forum
2012 is a one-day event on 18 April 2012, taking place one day before
the AWID Forum.
The theme of this FTX is focused on the area of security and privacy.
This is because privacy and security is becoming an increasingly
critical issue faced by feminist and women's rights advocates who are
using the internet and other ICT for their advocacy and activism.
The FTX aims to create a dedicated and open exchange space, where
organisations and activists working on diverse issues are able to come
together and deepen our knowledge and understanding on the different
dimensions of this issue - from surveillance by governments, data
collection by corporations who run internet services, the ethics and
politics of evidence building and publishing stories online, to
improving our skills and ability to better protect our online security
and practices, as well as that of the communities we work with.
Partners of the FTX include organisations and activists who are
well-versed and experienced in the area, and you can expect to have
rich and provocative conversations and skills-building sessions on
this topic at the event!
There will also be sessions in French on using ICT for strategic
communication at the FTX, organised by our partners, Genre en Action.
So please pass the word to your Francophone networks and communities
to join us at the FTX
Apart from the sessions in French, FTX will be conducted mainly in
So a working knowledge and comfort in English is needed.
How can you participate?
You can participate in 3 ways:
a) Organise a skills-sharing session. Everyone has something valuable
that they bring into the event. If you would like to share your
strategies and know-how on a particular area at the 1-day event, send
us an email with a brief idea of your proposed session
before 5 March 2011. Each session is 30-45 minutes long.
b) Suggest a speaker: If you know of someone who can inspire new ways
of thinking about the politics of technology from feminist
perspectives, or would like to share their revolutionary work or
ideas, suggest them (or yourself!) as a speaker for our Feminist Tech
Talks. Each speaker will have 10-15 minutes to change the way we think
c) Participate at the event! Join us at the 1-day event and help us
build it with your energy, questions, ideas and experiences. If you?re
interested to participate, send us an email, or fill in the
application form at:
d) Join us at the FTX @ Forum Hub! Build your skills and knowledge on
how to use technology strategically and safely for activism, or bring
your knowledge, ideas and energy to the conversations. Email us if you
would like to be updated on the FTX @ Forum Hub programme and activities.
Will my participation be covered?
The FTX @ AWID Forum 2012 is envisioned to be an open and
collaborative model. Every participant and organiser will shape the
event with your contribution, ideas, knowledge and time.
We are also looking to participants and organisers to support your own
participation. As such, we are not able to cover the costs for your
flight and accommodation, but there will be no registration fee and we
will take care of your local transport to the event venue and meals
during the time.
Deadline for submission or application: 5 March 2012