Sorry for the late reply – Feminist lessons from the digital frontier

Hera Hussain, Michelle Thorne, Ellen Ehmke, Julia Kloiber

What does the space between tech utopia and dystopia look like? How can a feminist perspective help to see more clearly and build a better internet?
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This is not your typical panel discussion that analyzes, critiques, and does damage control. This panel is about proposals and solutions.

We are breaking down digitalization into its component parts and look at how digital systems are directly linked to issues such as inequality, discrimination, and exploitation.

Can discrimination through algorithmic systems be prevented by regulation? What role do accessibility, maintenance, and care play for the digital societies of the future? Is access to technology a human right? What about the carbon footprint of our tech?

Bold solutions do not have to be shiny. They can be rooted in existing methods and formats. In this panel, we do not shy away from seemingly dry topics like tech policy. We believe that it is necessary to closely understand these processes in order to propose progressive new paths. Countries like Sweden and Canada have adopted a Feminist Foreign Policy to promote peace, security, and sustainable development. What would such a policy framework for tech look like? How could a Feminist Tech Policy help to prioritize the interests of marginalized groups? 

The panelists are part of a group that has published a set of feminist principles. They come from different disciplines and backgrounds. What unites them is the belief that another internet is possible.

Picture of Hera Hussain. Black curly hair. Almond complexion.
Founder and CEO
protrait of michelle thorne
Sustainable Internet Lead
Profilfoto Julia Kloiber, braune Haare mit Brille
Co-Founder and Managing Director