IT for Change at RightsCon 2021

IT for Change at RightsCon 2021
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RightsCon, organized by Access Now

IT for Change is hosting and participating in an exciting line-up of sessions at RightsCon 2021, happening virtually from June 7 to 11.

Click on the session-specific links below to know more and add them to your RightsCon schedule!

Re-envisioning Digital Education: The Pandemic’s Fallout and the Future of Inclusive Education
Strategy Session hosted by IT for Change and FIT-ED

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, what is the extent of the devastation caused to our education systems, and what challenges are educational institutions across the world now facing? This session will train a closer eye on how current models of digital education are exacerbating problems of inequality and access, and what routes exist for envisioning a genuinely transformative model for digital education.

Participants: Betty Ogange, Gurumurthy Kasinathan, Leigh-Anne Perryman, Lim Cher Ping, Sajitha Bashir, Tabisa Mayisela

Wednesday, June 9 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm UTC (6:30 pm to 7:30 pm IST)

Build Better: Rethinking Gender-Responsive Tech Design
Strategy Session hosted by IT for Change, A+ Alliance, The Engine Room and Pollicy

How can digital infrastructures address gender inequalities through their design and implementation in governance systems and welfare delivery? This session will take a look at the key principles needed to make digital and data systems gender responsive, as well as the contextual realities of digitizing governance and welfare for women in the Global South.

Participants: Bonnita Nyamwire, Quito Tsui, Renata Avila, Tanay Mahindru

Wednesday, June 9 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm UTC (9:00 pm - 10:00 pm IST)

Dismantling the Neoliberalism of the Gender Digital Divide
Panel Discussion hosted by Media Matters for Democracy

Has the spread and adoption of ICTs exacerbated existing inequalities, rather than lessening the digital divide? This session will focus on how "bridging the digital divide" has become a trope that reifies the neoliberal logic of global development efforts, and will highlight the importance of feminist standpoints in meaningfully engaging with issues of gendered access to technology.

Participants from IT for Change: Anita Gurumurthy

Thursday, June 10 | 4:00 am to 5:00 am UTC (9:30 am - 10:30 am IST)

Workers of The World Unite: Collective Bargaining on Data Rights
Community Lab hosted by IT for Change, Aapti Institute, Digital Commoners Network, The Why Not Lab and Transnational Institute

How are workers' data rights being implicated at various junctures in the digital economy? This session will explore how collective mechanisms and bargaining tools, such as trusts, cooperatives, and unions, can be used to advance greater transparency, accountability, and protection for workers' data rights.

Participants: Anouk Ruhaak, Astha Kapoor, Christina Colclough and more

Friday, June 11 | 8:45 am - 9:45 am UTC (2:15 pm - 3:15 pm IST)

Track My Period, Not My Data! Making Femtech Accountable
Strategy Session hosted by IT for Change and DAWN

Within the global circuits of surveillance capitalism, whose data is collected by whom and for what, and how does this impact user privacy and autonomy? This session will examine the data practices of menstrual tracking apps through voices from feminist and digital rights organizations in the Global South, and explore how such technologies can instead be used to strengthen sexual and reproductive health rights.

Participants: Ambika Tandon, hvale vale, María Graciela Cuervo, R Vaishno Bharati, Sofía Scasserra

Friday, June 11 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm UTC (6:00 pm - 7:00 pm IST)

Attendance is open for those who have registered for RightsCon 2021. Click on the session-specific links above to add them to your schedule!