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- Gender and Technology Institute, Ecuador + (At the end of June 2016, 58 women and tran … At the end of June 2016, 58 women and trans persons - human rights advocates, feminists, techies, activists – meet in a beautiful venue located near Quito (Ecuador) for five days of training, collaboration and discussion. The Gender and Technology Institute resulted into an inspiring event full of creativity, networking and laughs profoundly engaged with the desire to rethink our relation to technologies, and advance autonomy and social justice for all. Why a Gender and Technology Institute in Latino America? The problem of online harassment and threats against women and their collaborators, coming from both governments and non-state individuals and groups, has become more visible in the last few years. These threats trap many women between the use of the internet crucial to their work and/or activism in raising awareness, organising actions, documenting and conducting outreach on one hand, and the constant tracking, surveillance, and harassment on the other. Internet and social media platforms can be dangerous as they enable, expand or mirror (old and new) forms of violence that leads to women's work and voices being deleted, self-censored and actively prevented from being seen, heard or read. Over the years feedback we have received from applicants and participants to our Gender and Technology Institutes show that among the women targeted by gender-based violence, Woman Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) and LGTBQI activists working on gender social justice and feminist issues, or sensitive topics, such as health, reproductive and sexual rights are particularly at risk. Moreover, vocal women, such as politicians, journalists, bloggers engaged in political or gender issues are also facing various forms of online and offline violence. A preparatory event held in Nicaragua in April which counted with 12 WHRDs, women activists and digital security trainers worked together towards planning the event. Facilitation methodologies, design of sessions and agenda planning, in addition to establishing the means to reach out to participants and criteria for selecting them were discussed during this three days meeting. Another key element addressed was discussing the overall security of the event and how to create a safe space and ensure an atmosphere of well being and trust before, during and after the GTI. Our aim with this GTI was to build upon our current curricula by adapting it to some of the specific risks, needs and agency of WHRD and women and trans people activists located in the LAC region. We also aimed at expanding our current curricula and facilitate and follow up on the activities organised by participants after the GTI. 210 applications in two weeks Through a process of rigorous review, 210 applications were pared down to 46 participants coming from a wide range of countries, including Ecuador, Colombia, Perú, México, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Venezuela, Argentina, Santo Domingo and Honduras. We also had a great group of 12 facilitators, who came also from LAC countries and organisations such as Consorcio Oaxaca, EnRedas and Mujeres al Borde (as well as Tactical Tech); add the logistics team with our local partner in Ecuador, Sentimos Diverso, and some visitors, and we were over 60 persons in total.ors, and we were over 60 persons in total.)