The seventh episode of Feminist Digital Futures features Mariana Valente and her thoughts on what inclusive, feminist tech looks like. Mariana unpacks how race, caste, sexuality, and other identities intersect with gendered experiences online, the tension between visibility and invisibility for marginalized communities, the heterogeneity of the Global South and why Global North solutions can’t be applied indiscriminately, and the importance of creativity in both tech design and offline resistance.

Episode Navigation
00:10: Introduction
00:47: About Mariana
04:16: How gender and other identities affect experiences of the online sphere
10:24: Why equal access to and participation in social media is a feminist issue
13:41: Mariana’s vision of a feminist social media
18:31: How platform design and governance needs to change, from a feminist and Global South perspective, and opinions on platform attempts to regulate content
27:13: Conclusion

Mariana Valente is Director at InternetLab. She holds a doctorate, a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from University of São Paulo Law School. She is a professor at Insper University. Mariana was a visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley (USA), a DAAD fellow with a certificate in German law from the LMU University in Munich (Germany), and a researcher with the Linkage Program at Yale Law School (USA). Before InternetLab, she was a professor and researcher at the Center for Technology and Society of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation, and legal coordinator of the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo. She is also a researcher at the Center for Law and Democracy at CEBRAP (Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning) and served as Creative Commons Brazil coordinator (2019-2021). She works especially with internet policy, cultural markets and access to knowledge, and gender equality and its intersections with technologies.

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.