Tech and Equality

Deep Fake: A New Weapon Targeting Women

May 15, 2023

This paper attempts to provide a definition of what deepfake is and the technological basis that allowed its development to its current forms and which still presents great opportunities for the further development of this phenomenon. The paper sheds light on the almost exclusive targeting of deepfake technologies in its pornographic aspect of women rather than men. It also exposes the development of the size and nature of targeting in recent years. The paper tries to clarify the extremely dangerous effects of the false content on the life and safety of its victims, with a focus on the psychological effects.

Constructing Gender Identities Online

March 20, 2023

This paper depends on scientific evidence to argue that given that Cyberspace can be proven to be a social space, it can be safely assumed that it impacts the constitution of gender identities of people interacting with each other within it. It also depends on empirical evidence from previous research that studied gender practices online, especially later research focusing on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Cyberspace Sexism Against Women

December 5, 2022

In this paper, we will discuss the question: Why has Cyberspace failed to be different from the wider societal space? Namely, why isn’t it less sexist and misogynist? The paper tries to explain, based on many sources, that Cybersexism is not a mere direct reflection of societal sexism.

Negative effects of Artificial Intelligence

October 3, 2022

This paper sheds light on the biggest dangers and negative effects surrounding AI, which many fear may become an imminent reality. These negative effects include unemployment, bias, terrorism, and risks to privacy, which the paper will discuss in detail.

Digital Security for Women: Initiatives and Training Guides

September 12, 2022

Gender greatly affects Internet users’ experiences and behavior while moving around and interacting in Cyberspace. The impact of threats of digital nature is different based on gender and sexual orientation, as gender reinforces social, economic, political, and cultural structures of the real world.

Cyberviolence Against Women and Girls

August 15, 2022

The stranger threatened to send her naked photo to her family and schoolmates if she wouldn’t give him a “show”, and thus he got more photos to threaten her with them. Despite submitting to his demands, Amanda was surprised when she found out that her photo was being circulated over the Internet.

Not Connected: The Digital Gender Divide

July 4, 2022

Introduction In his foreword for the Global Connectivity Report 2022, issued by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Houlin Zhao, the Secretary-General of the union, points out that “over the past three decades, the number of Internet users went from a few million in 1992 to almost five billion in 2021.” However, “one-third of humanity remains […]

Data from a Gender Perspective… How to Close the Data Gap between Genders

May 25, 2022

According to statistics, males represent 50.5% of the total world population while females represent 49.5% of it. Despite the close ratios, this is not reflected in data on which different fields all over the world depend. Among these fields, that are increasingly and hugely impacting all aspects of life, are the Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems. During the development of AI algorithms, women, i.e., half of the world’s population, are mostly ignored, while depending almost exclusively on data representing males. This leads to such systems being biased due to the bias of data they depend on.

How to Overcome AI Bias… Techniques and Tools

March 7, 2022

  Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems have enabled people around the world to test new experiments and capabilities, and have been widely used in many areas, ranging from nominating books and T.V shows to more complex tasks such as selecting candidates for various jobs or even more sensitive tasks such as predicting diseases. AI systems require […]