FTX (Feminist Tech Exchange): Safety Reboot

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FTX (Feminist Tech Exchange): Safety Reboot
Presenter(s) jac SM Kee, Valentina Pellizzer, Bex Hurwitz, Cheekay Cinco, Erika Smith, Jennifer Radloff
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Organization(s) Association for Progressive Communications, One World Platform, Research Action Design
Project(s) Feminist Tech Exchange
Country(ies) South Africa, Malaysia, Bosnia Herzegovina, United States, Philippines
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2017 theme Training & Best Practices

This session aims to engage digital security trainers and feminist activists interested in digital security on the Feminist Tech Exchange (FTX): Safety Reboot curriculum. The FTX: Safety Reboot, currently in a beta version, is a collaboratively developed, practical and enabling resource for trainers working with activists to use the internet safely, creatively and strategically. The FTX: Safety Reboot responds to the obstacles and challenges faced by activists where gendered and sexually targeted attacks, censorship and surveillance are restricting our freedom of expression and ability to share information, build communities of solidarity and express desires.

The workshop aims to present and engage participants in two Learning Activities from the curriculum. One is a strategy game/exercise on online gender-based violence and the second on creating safe online spaces. We will introduce the FTX Safety Reboot + ways that the session participants can engage in it.

More about the FTX: Safety Reboot.

FTX: Safety Reboot curriculum contains the following 10 independent modules, all with a common format, rooted in interactive learning activities and a user-centred design:

  • Feminist practices of technology
  • Movement building: Feminist movements and the internet
  • What is online violence against women?
  • Minimising surveillance
  • Where is consent and privacy in the conversation?
  • Mobile safety
  • Put it on vibrate: Sexting as sexual expression
  • Expression : Harassment, hate speech, the trolls, and feminist responses
  • Creating safe spaces online.
  • From use to decision-making: Internet policy and women’s rights

The FTX: Safety Reboot curriculum, currently in Beta version, was collaboratively developed by the Association for Progressive Communications Women's Rights Programme (APC WRP) and partners, including Valentina Pellizzer of One World Platform, Bex Hurwitz of Research Action Design, Cheekay Cinco and Helen Nyinakiiza independent digital security trainers. The political framing and our tool for analysis are the Feminist Principles of the Internet, a set of 17 evolving principles collaboratively developed with partners from the women’s rights and internet rights movements. Our methodology and approach to capacity building, called Feminist Tech eXchanges (FTX), creates safe spaces of exchange and experience where the politics and practice of technology are informed by concrete, contextual and diverse realities of women. These spaces aim to build collective knowledge and ownership.

Format Workshop
Target Groups
Length 3 hours
Skill Level Intermediate
Language English


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