The Feminist Internet Research Network (FIRN) is a collaborative and multidisciplinary research project led by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). FIRN supports eight research projects from Latin America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. These projects focus on four broader thematic areas: access (usage and infrastructure), datafication, online gender-based violence, and gendered labour in the digital economy.
The Feminist Internet Research Network focuses on the making of a feminist internet as critical to bring about transformation in gendered structures of power that exist online and onground. Members of the network will undertake data-driven research that provides substantial evidence to drive change in policy and law and in discourse around internet rights. The broader objective is to ensure that the needs of women, gender diverse and queer people are taken into account in internet policy discussions and decision making.
The role of the advisory committee is to contribute to cohesiveness, balance in research topics, peer-exchange and collective impact. As a member of the FIRN advisory committee, my responsibilities include
- Evaluation of research proposals
- Provide feedback and participate in selection process
- Participate in inception meeting and research hackathon
- Peer advise research projects in delivery of project milestones
- Lead sessions at online and annual face-to-face convenings of the network
- Contribute to developing and upholding ethical protocols and guidelines for the project as a whole