Marianne is a Venezuelan lawyer, human rights activist, and fiction writer based in Santiago de Chile. She focuses on issues surrounding censorship and filtering, the incidence of technology in bodily autonomy, dignity and identity, and information disorders in Latin America.
What can be done?
We need to make internet companies accountable to higher transparency standards while avoiding patronizing approaches that would take the route to “techno-paternalism.” The understanding of social networks as private spaces that serve a public function means that these companies cannot be absolutely independent in terms of which content is allowed, and users need to have the ability to exert further control over their content.
Derechos Digitales ran a survey among cyber-feminist organizations in Latin America and found that online gender violence against women rose across the region during the COVID-19 pandemic.