DJ’s choice is a weekly section by, exploring the depths of the web to provide you once a week with a top 5 of creative, interesting and informative pieces and resources on gender and ICTs. Delight yourself with this selection of “sparks”: Good readings, interesting links, videos, pictures, cool authors to point to, amazing tools, and much more. Send us interesting material to genderit at or tweet us your links using #genderit.

Ethiopia blocks Facebook and other social media for exams

“The government said the ban was to prevent students being distracted from studying during the exam period and to prevent the spread of false rumours.” More >

Source: BBC News

You’ll have to turn on encryption to protect your Facebook messages

“Secret conversations,” Facebook’s new messaging feature, offers end-to-end encryption — but not by default. More >

Source: BuzzFeed, Hamza Shaban

*Scientists created a cyborg stingray powered by the heart of a rat *

“The ray is the brainchild of bioengineer Kit Parker from the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, who was inspired to develop the cyborg after visiting an aquarium with his daughter.” More >

Source: Science Alert, Peter Dockrill

50 percent increase in Facebook related crimes in Pakistan

“Pakistan has seen a 50 per cent spike in Facebook related complaints with most of the victims being women, authorities said today.” More >

Source: Business Standard

Marvel’s black, female Iron Man should only be first step to greater diversity

After she builds her own mechanized suit in her dorm, Tony Stark visits her to see the suit for himself, launching the new comic series. More >

Source: Daily Bruin, Nate Nickolai

This is it from DJ for this week! Enjoy it, share it, dig into it. Feedback is always welcome. Send us interesting material to genderit at or tweet us your links using #genderit, Women’s Rights Programme, Association for Progressive Communications (APC), July 11th 2016

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