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Is Pakistan putting the UN Millennium Goals at risk?

Nighat Dad
Nighat Dad on 7 October, 2010 - 09:01
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Nighat Dad is the Pakistan's partner for the APC's MDG3: Take Back the Tech! project, and heavily engaged in public policy and research work related to ICTs in Pakistan. She is based in Lahore and works with Bytes for All Pakistan, the APC member.

"The discussions I witnessed at IGF 2010 really brought home to me the scale of the challenges we still face, if we are to make meaningful progress towards the goals of the IGF in general, and MDG3i in particular." Nighat Dad from the Pakistan MDG3: Take Back the Tech!i project assesses the outcomes of IGF and the Millenium Development Goals in the context of national debates and women’s rights.

Lebanon: Queering the internet

tq
tq on 27 September, 2010 - 07:26
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Participant at the IGF 2010, and the member of the Lebanon EroTICs team.

Lebanon EroTICsi team report-back to the local Meem group (www.meemgroup.org) about the IGF. She reflects on strategy and queeri history on the Interneti: "Last week, I went to Vilnius, Lithuania to represent the Lebanon team of the Association for Progressive Communicationsi (APC)’s Exploratory Research Project into Sexuality and the Internet (EroTICs) at the UN Internet Governancei Forum. Yes, it’s a bit weird to see “erotics” and the UN in the same sentence. Brandishing a red badge that said “http://erotics” as we navigated the conference’s corridors of power was indeed a strange and awkward experience that many of us ErOtics-izers, I think, have not yet grasped..."

Africa and internet governance: going global or stay local?

Françoise Mukuku
Françoise Mukuku on 19 September, 2010 - 15:54 · Africa
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Participant at the IGF 2010, and the national coordinator of a young feminist group called Si Jeunesse Savait. Françoise is based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and act as country partner of the APC's MDG3: Take Back the Tech! project.

The impact of internet governancei on Africa was discussed on September 16th 2010, in Vilnius, Lithuania. There was fair representation of all stakeholders. Officials from South Africa, Kenya and Tunisia were there; a representative from an internet service provideri; and various Africa bodies that follow the process, such as AFRINICi, ISOC Africa and CICEWA. And there were representatives from civil society - those dealing with ICTi and interneti, delegates from consumer’s organizations, academics from African universities, gender iactivists and ICT consultants as well as community based organizations.

dot gay: what are the implications?

Nyx
Nyx on 17 September, 2010 - 06:32
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Nyx is a feminist, activist, and a masters student at Rhodes University. She is also a part of the South African EroTICs team. Nyx is based in South Africa.

It was in a dynamic coalition session on freedom of expressioni and freedom of the media on the interneti that Schubert announced that the domain namei, “dot gay” was in the pipeline. The domain name hopes to incorporate all lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queeri sites under one domain. Nyx looks at who is excluded, and the potential impact of a 'dot gay' domain on queeri communities.

First-time impressions of IGF10

Nighat Dad
Nighat Dad on 17 September, 2010 - 03:51
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Nighat Dad is the Pakistan's partner for the APC's MDG3: Take Back the Tech! project, and heavily engaged in public policy and research work related to ICTs in Pakistan. She is based in Lahore and works with Bytes for All Pakistan, the APC member.

"As one door closes, another opens", they say sometimes. This is the first IGF I have attended... and yet if the initial plan is to be kept, it may be the last occurrence of this international gathering. Nighat explores why she thinks that if that's how it turns out, it will be a shame.

Why I took a long flight to Vilnius

Francoise Mukuku
Francoise Mukuku on 16 September, 2010 - 10:57
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Participant at the IGF 2010, and the national coordinator of a young feminist group called Si Jeunesse Savait. Françoise is based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and act as country partner of the APC's MDG3: Take Back the Tech! project.

Francoise examines the role that mass media play as the fourth estatei or power in the world, and looks at how convergencei and large media companies are threatening the positive achievements of the interneti in helping to create diversity, freedom of expressioni and greater focus on human rightsi reporting.

Why we should get over facebook

ItsAllMaya
ItsAllMaya on 16 September, 2010 - 08:57
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Maya Ganesh is an independent researcher and writer based in Bombay, India. She works on gender, media and culture, sexuality and rights. Maya is the Indian partner on APC's ERoTics project.

Social networkingi sites and privacyi formed the main topics in two sessions Maya attended - but she found that the discussions were not grounded in research, that users were absent from the debates and tired assumptions dominated the rooms. What's needed, she argues, are more workable proposals that take into account a variety of research and based on how people actually use social networking sites - not how it's assumed they use them.

“The youth are good for nothing”: session on social exclusion

Nyx
Nyx on 15 September, 2010 - 10:08
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Nyx attended a session on social exclusion, where the portrayal of youth by a Kenyan MP, and his ignorance of what was going on even in the conference around him, caused her to reflect on youth and their engagement in governancei processes.

Reflecting on language and power

Looks at how power is played out in the language and terminology used in the IGF discussions, even when the theme of the discussion is "Internet governancei and human rightsi: strategies and collaboration for empowermenti".

Close Encounters

Maya Ganesh from Internet Governance Forum in Lithuania
Maya Ganesh from Internet Governance Forum in Lithuania on 14 September, 2010 - 22:41
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Maya Ganesh is an independent researcher and writer based in Bombay, India. She works on gender, media and culture, sexuality and rights. Maya is the Indian partner on APC's EROTICS project.

This is the third time Maya is attending the Internet Governance Forum iand she has never really expected anything too extraordinary to happen here. She finds her expectations challenged when she meets with two representatives of the ICM Registry and IFFOR (the International Foundation for Online Responsibility) at a session on Sexual Rightsii, Openness and Regulatory Systems - who are interested in the work of the EroTICSi team.

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