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Glitter Meetups

Glitter Meetup is the weekly town hall of the Internet Freedom community at the IFF Square on the IFF Mattermost, at 9am EST / 2pm UTC. Do you need an invite? Learn how to get one here.

Community Updates

  • NPR released an article detailing attack of Open Tech Fund last year here
  • Great piece on OTF's continued efforts to support Core Infrastructure
  • With a number of activists all over Italy, there is a national campaign against racism especially on national TV (use of the n word, racist stereotypes) called cambieRAI (aka RAI you need to change) and prendiamolaparole (let's speak up), recently one of the very first magazines by afro-Italians, immigrants and refugees focused on racism in Italy has been published, antirəzinə, and given for free in local libraries also available in digital version here. As well as another campaign in Italian in video format to breakdown systemic-racism called "Fading"
  • This week with JAAKLAC, they have been launching the #DetoxDeDatosLatinx campaign on Twitter and Instagram. With the support of Tactical Tech we adapted its Data Detox Kit to make it more accessible.

Accessibility Corner

  • Accessibility Tip of the Week: if you have low vision, contrast becomes important, especially with text. Checking contrast This is especially helpful for folks with color blindness.
  • Contrast Checker is a great tool to test contract on a website. This is because you need strong contract for accessbility. It allows folks to better distinguish items. For example, its not good practice to use pale text on pale backgrounds.
  • There is also text that isn't eligible for people with color blindness - and there are a lot of people with color blindness.
  • Automated tools don't catch everything, so it's important to look at things yourself. For color blindness and other low-vision visitors, make sure the meaning of charts and other things can be found without relying on color. And like other images, use alt-text to convey the meaning of visualizations.
  • Aside from automated tools, there are platforms where companies pay people to test websites for aspects including UX and accessibility but daily users of assistive tech will always be the best testers!
  • There are also people who have neurological symptoms from inaccessible websites, and the research is ongoing about that.
  • Since reports are very important in the digital rights space, this means we have alot of graphics. There's an open source project for accessible data visualization.
  • A workshop on making accessible charts.
  • You can join the conversation and share your tools, resources and tips on the Accessibility Channel on the IFF Mattermost.