CONSIDERING THE INTERNET AS ENABLING QUEER PUBLICS / COUNTER PUBLICS

Introduction

From the in­ter­net’s hum­ble be­gin­nings as a hand­ful of in­ter­con­nec­ted ma­chi­nes in the 1960s to its wide dis­tri­bu­ti­on in the 1990s, noo­ne could have fo­re­se­en what it has grown into to­day – a pu­blic net­work open to all who have ac­cess to a screen with a con­nec­tion to the web.1 The di­gi­tal en­vi­ron­ment has be­co­me as much of a real space as a park, cof­fee shop, town squa­re, clo­thing store or a couch in your li­ving room.

ICTs for Feminist Movement Building: Activist Toolkit

We want movements that are effective, resilient, visible and safe. Building feminist communication strategies using ICTs helps us achieve this. ICTs impact us all, so we need to understand them, influence how they are developed, empower ourselves to use them and harness them to make a difference.

Across the world, women are using information and communication technologies (ICTs) to support rights agendas, tell their own stories and challenge emerging issues in regard to access, women’s voices and violence.

Hacking exclusion: African feminists engagements and disruption of the internet

Increasingly, our “online” lives intersect with the lives we live “offline”. As mobile technology expands its footprint in Africa, connections are made and views exchanged through email or chat rooms as much as they are in face-to-face contact. Political discourse and action is coordinated through Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp as much as through printed pamphlets. In short, information and communications technologies (ICTs) have fundamentally altered the way we do things, from the most personal to the political.

Such platforms have created an unprecedented expansion of our public sphere.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Exploring technology-related violence against women

I. Introduction

This report emerges from research carried out in Bosnia and Herzegovina between July 2013 and April 2014 by One World Platform for South East Europe (OWPSEE) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) as part of a seven-country project entitled “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online”.

In this research, OWPSEE foregrounds three cases that demonstrate the ways in which violence against women (VAW) is committed through or enabled by information communication technologies (ICTs).

HRC 29 resolution: "Accelerating efforts to eliminating all forms of violence against women: eliminating domestic violence"

The Human Rights Council resolution “Accelerating efforts to eliminating all forms of violence against women: eliminating domestic violence” recognises that violence against women can include acts such as cyberbullying and cyberstalking, both expressions of online VAW.

As it reads in the document:

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Looking for evidence of gender inequality in sexual harassment on Twitter

As the use of social media has become an intrinsic part of our everyday lives, so also, has the visual presence of abuse. As a result, the violent and persistent harassment of prominent women online has been covered substantially in the media. This harassment is neither recognised as sexual harassment nor as a societal problem, as it is often viewed as an unfortunate side effect of the anonymity offered by the internet.

The danger of ICANN’s new Domain Registration Proposal

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) works towards the empowerment and support of organisations, social movements and individuals from the Global South by using information and communication technologies to build strategic communities and initiatives for meaningful contributions to equitable human development, social justice, participatory political processes and environmental sustainability.

Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions - Use of ICTs to secure the right to life - HRC 29 session

In the present report, submitted to the Human Rights Council pursuant to its resolution 26/12, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions discusses the implications of information and communications technologies (ICTs) for the protection of the right to life.

The Special Rapporteur surveys existing applications of ICTs for promoting,

Report of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice - HRC 29 session

In this report, the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice examines discrimination against women and girls in cultural and family life. The cultural construction of gender determines the role of women and girls within the family, including in marriage. After analysing the impact of culture and religion on the enjoyment of equal rights by women and girls in society and the family, the Working Group redefines family by incorporating a gender perspective.

Hate speech and hate crime - Norway's Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud’s Report

Hate speech and hate crime have received increased attention in recent years and there is widespread consensus that these phenomena constitute a social problem with significant adverse effects. The Ombud has made a review of their status and has revealed a number of challenges and shortcomings with government efforts to counteract them.

With this report, the Ombud wishes to provide government with input on how best to work against hate speech and hate crime.