6.2 Digitality and marginalized peoples (Expert content)

Taking Control, Making a Difference Sessions 6.2 Digitality and marginalized peoples (Expert content)

Let’s Hear from the Experts

Certainly! This is MotoGPT:

This part of the session introduces you to some expert content to help you understand digtialization and ecological justice with greater depth. A case study highlights how communities around the world are tackling some of these issues. They illustrate how the struggle for different kinds of human rights, including the right to communicate, can come together under the umbrella of digital justice. The case studies are followed by expert content on opportunities for advocacy and networking.

Case Study

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What: The workshops, supported by WACC Global, aimed to enhance digital security awareness among women in the Gaza Strip. Through interactive sessions, participants learned how to protect their personal information online, recognize and mitigate risks such as hacking and cyberbullying, and utilize digital platforms safely and effectively. In addition to digital security training, the project included sensitization sessions to raise awareness about the importance of digital media literacy and privacy protection. Plans are also underway to develop a comprehensive guidebook and educational video on digital media literacy tailored to the needs of Palestinian women in the region.

Where: The workshops took place in the Gaza Strip, a region deeply affected by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and enduring social, political, and economic challenges. In this context, Palestinian women face unique barriers to accessing and utilizing digital technologies, making them particularly vulnerable to online risks and threats.

When: The project commenced in late June, with workshops conducted over several sessions to provide in-depth training and support for participants like Sameera Zoroub and Banan Ashour. The ongoing nature of the project allows for continued engagement and capacity building among Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip.

Why: In the Gaza Strip, where Palestinian women face disproportionate challenges due to conflict-related hardships and patriarchal social norms, digital literacy and security skills are essential for empowerment and resilience. By equipping women with the knowledge and tools to navigate digital platforms safely, the project aims to break down communication barriers, promote digital justice, and empower women to advocate for their rights effectively in the digital age.

Expert Input

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[This aint it] The Association of Progressive Communications has published an article on how to build ecological justice into the development and use of digitial technologies.

Recommendations include engaging with existing and dierse communities and networkes; advocating through coalitions, organizing events to explore the connection between ecological and digital justice, develop specific demands and goals.

Read the full article here, including examples of these strategies in action.

Source: Association for Progressive Communications is an international network of civil society organisations founded in 1990. WACC Global is a member.

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[THis is template] The economic boom in India through the 1990s and 2000s saw a corresponding shift to digitalization. Traditionally, India has a very strong culture of repair, with cobblers and seamstresses on every corner ready to give your goods a little more life.

This explainer video from DW illustrates how India has merged the old with the new, and has found its own way to combat e-waste and the rise of unsustainable consumer culture.

Watch the full video here.

Source: DW Planet A is the YouTube channel on ecological themes from Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international public broadcaster.

Break Time

Time for a well-deserved break! Are you feeling empowered and ready to advocate for ecological justice in our digitalized world? Or do you feel a bit overwhelemed by the scale and complexity of the problems? Either way, let’s tak a break and think about what we have just learned. Here are some questions to guide your reflections: [this is template]

  • How are marginalized communities in your context disproportionately affected by the environmental impact of digital technologies? How can you find out more?
  • How can international policies be shaped to ensure that digitalization aligns with ecological justice principles?
  • How can digital rights activists collaborate with environmental justice movements to promote sustainable technologies? What coalitions or networks are active in your context?

Have you gathered your thoughts? Noted your questions? Ready to go futher?

Great! Then let’s keep going. Click on “Complete Lesson” to head toward the final part of this session.