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GenderIT.org @ Internet Governance Forum 2012, Baku

IGF 2012: Day two in room four

Katerina Fialova
Katerina Fialova on 23 November, 2012 - 11:41
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Katerina Fialova is coordinator of the GenderIT.org. She lives in Czech Republic.

What I most value about the IGF is that thanks to its multi-stakeholderi principle, it widens my perspective on pressing internet governancei issues. However, all three sessions I attended on day two in room number four, while talking about human rightsi, failed to include women's right perspective. Women interneti users are important stakeholder and it is evident that even after six years of existence IGF still fails to engage them in equal footing with other stakeholders.

Women's take on internet governance: A selection of tweets from IGF 2012

This is a selection of the tweets circulated during the Internet Governance Forum iin Baku, Azerbaijan, from November 6-9 2012. They were selected following the criteria of its relevance in reflecting the discussions around women’s role in internet governancei processes, as well as women’s and internet rights iduring the IGF.

Censorship walks, a feminist view of the Internet Governance Forum

A big hangar, with a constant voice asking people to wear headphones and talk to each other through the microphones, an interneti network that does not allow participants to be online simultaneously, with an average of only one person out of three being able to access full online services and the other two struggling with their different devices to reach out, comment and communicate what is happening and what should not have happened.

Autocracy 2.0 at the Internet Governance Forum

hvale - @froatosebe
hvale - @froatosebe on 15 November, 2012 - 21:00
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This is my first IGF, I have sneaked into the arena of Internet Governancei during the WSIS. At that time I decided to retire and be a distant witness. This year I am here, listening, learning, observing and exercising my right to express my visions, my active feminist citizenship - which was censored today (7th Nov.) in the workshop 89 room 8 by the “aggressively moderate” Robert Guerra.

Human rights must be encoded into the fabric of internet governance dialogues

Valentina Pellizzer
Valentina Pellizzer on 14 November, 2012 - 12:27
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Valentina is from Bosnia-Herzegovina, is member of OneWorld Platform for Southeast Europe Foundation (OWPSEE) and also a member of APC's board of directors.

This is the transcription of Valentina Pellizzer 's speech at the closing ceremony of the 7th Internet Governance Forum i(IGF), which took place in Baku, Azerbaijan from 6th to 9th November, 2012.

The Uprising of Women in the Arab World censored by Facebook

Yara Sallam
Yara Sallam on 13 November, 2012 - 16:57
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On 10 November, the page of The Uprising of Women in the Arab World posted that Dana, the Syrian woman whose photo was censored by Facebook, was restored after a call for support against Facebook censorshipi of her photo.

IGF 2012 - Access and Diversity Main Session

This is the transcript of the Access and Diversity Main Session that took place on November 8 2012 at the Internet Governance Forum iin Baku, Azerbaijan. It was the first time in the entire history of the IGF that women and gender iissues were addressed in a main session, with the presence of Jac sm Kee from APC Women´s Rights Programme.

Interview with Arzu Geybullayeva on the internet rights of women in Azerbaijan

Nighat Dad
Nighat Dad on 9 November, 2012 - 08:23
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Nighat Dad is an Executive Director of Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan and also a member of APC WNSP.

Nighat Dad from Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan speaks to Arzu Geybullayeva, a regional analyst and a blogger from Azerbaijan. Arzu’s areas of interest are regional politics, conflict resolution, and new social media. In their “feminist talk” Nighat asks Arzu about her impressions of the 7th Internet Governance Forum, that took place in Baku, and key internet rights issues faced by women in Azerbaijan.

Again, representation not reflecting participation

Attending the IGF for the first time came with no expectations, however it is difficult to ignore the usual disparity that I face everyday in Egypt, and in many other countries when I travel. No one can say that the number of women participating in the IGF 2012 is low, in fact women are very much present representing the different stakeholders; governmentis, private companies, and civil society representatives. So if the opening session of IGF had only two women speakers – which one of them was representing another man?

Multistakeholderism and Enhanced Cooperation: What's it all about?

Jac sm Kee
Jac sm Kee on 7 November, 2012 - 15:29
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Jac is the focal point for APC WNSP's work on women's rights. She coordinates the EROTICS research (Exploratory Research on Sexuality and the Internet) and APC's Take Back the Tech! campaign.

Multistakeholder participation and enhanced cooperation seems to be one of the major issue in this year's Internet Governance Forum i(IGF). With World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) around the corner and the anxious buzz of whether this is a bid by governmentis to have more control over the interneti through the International Telecommunication Regulationis (ITRs) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the proposals for new governing bodies like CIRP and the discussions on “enhanced cooperation” by the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) in May earlier this year – maybe not surprising.

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