IDS: Defending Online Spaces: a critical issue for development and social justice

23 February, 2022 [*see note below]

HIFA profile: Goran Zangana is a medical doctor and Associate Research Fellow with the Middle East Research Institute, Iraq. He is a HIFA country representative for Iraq and is currently based in the UK. He is the current holder of Country Representative of the Year 2021.

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[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): For the benefit of those who may not have immediate web access, here are the opening lines: 'The digital revolution and access to online spaces is transforming the ways we communicate, work and organise. With online spaces and digital equality now also key to mobilising social justice movements and challenging inequities, understanding how to defend online spaces is now a critical area for development research – and for achieving the sustainable development goals by 2030. Mobile phones and internet technologies are being used positively by women and marginalised groups to access information, organise to demand their rights, and to influence policy and political change... This digital research knowledge is critical for donors, policymakers and practitioners within development seeking to further social, environmental and gender justice, and to help build inclusive and democratic societies...']