The fifth episode of Feminist Digital Futures features Cai Yiping, who touches upon how social media can act as a mirror for society. Yiping underscores how solidarity-building, care, kindness, and respect should be the values at the core of social media usage, that including the voices of the most marginalized also requires us to provide space for their stories without commodifying them, and that a feminist online publics will only be possible when social media ceases to function on the logics of the market.

Episode Navigation
00:10: Introduction
00:47: About Yiping
02:24: How gender and other identities affect experiences of the online sphere, and why social media is a feminist issue
05:35: Yiping’s own experiences of social media platforms
08:53: Yiping’s vision of a feminist social media
13:58: How platform design and governance needs to change, from a feminist and Global South perspective
19:44: Conclusion

Cai Yiping is a feminist activist and researcher actively engaging in women’s movements in China and internationally. She is Executive Committee member of Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), a network of feminist scholars, researchers and activists from the economic South working for economic and gender justice and sustainable and democratic development. Her areas of focus include media and communications, gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive rights and health, and gender mainstreaming in development cooperation. Her current engagements cover the multiple processes in the national, regional and global levels on the sustainable development agenda, ICPD 25, and Beijing+25 process. She lives in Beijing, China.

Hosted by: Tanvi Kanchan
Research and conceptualization: Nandini Chami & Tanvi Kanchan
Post-production: Tanvi Kanchan
Podcast artwork by: Harmeet Rahal

This podcast series has been produced as part of the Feminist Digital Justice project, a joint policy research and advocacy initiative of IT for Change and DAWN (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era). The series is co-supported by the World Wide Web Foundation.