censorship

Curfew on Solidarities: Interviews with Kashmiri activists on censorship and lockdown

Namita on 2 Sep 2016
Social media is both the space for building a new language to speak about Kashmir in terms of occupation, resistance, settler colonialism or separatist movements, and it also is a technology of control for the Indian government. Banning certain websites and people and blocking the internet for periods extending to weeks is seen as completely acceptable ways of dealing with the "Kashmir crisis".

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

on 5 Oct 2015
In the present report the Special Rapporteur addresses the use of encryption and anonymity in digital communications. Drawing from research on international and national norms and jurisprudence, and the input of states and civil society, the report concludes that encryption and anonymity enable individuals to exercise their rights to freedom of opinion and expression in the digital age and, as such, deserve strong protection

Imagine a Feminist Internet: Reflections on freedom of expression and mysoginistic online content

Dhyta Caturani on 20 Sep 2015
This video by Dhyta Caturani from Engage Media features Sheena Magenya and Naomi Fontanos speaking about online mysoginistic content and its relation to freedom of expression, while attending the second Imagine a Feminist Internet in Malaysia, July 2015.

Access to LGBTI related websites was blocked one by one?

Kaos GL on 4 Jun 2015
The Turkish Telecommunications Directorate (TIB) blocked access to 5 LGBTI websites. While Işık Mater from Alternative Informatics Association (Alternatif Bilişim Derneği) defined LGBTI related websites block as the censorship, according to Kaos GL Association’s Lawyer Hayriye Kara it meant the violation of constitutional rights.

Porn. Panic. Ban.

Bishakha Datta on 29 May 2015
In India, both the legislature and the judiciary are considering bans on the consumption of online porn; one petition argues that porn increases violence against women without offering any evidence to that effect, another focuses on the “moral depravity and corruption” caused by porn. Do we seriously imagine that violence against women in India will go down by banning online porn? Talk about imagined harms again. And in Indonesia, LGBTIQ sites from the educational to the explicit are being banned in the name of porn, adversely affecting sexual expression and rights – and access to information vital to sexual health.

Difficulties in documenting: Why it can be hard for women to speak out

Sara Baker on 30 Nov 2014
I've been trying to interview women and girls for the documentation action that Take Back the Tech! announced. I've found it's more difficult than I anticipated, so I wanted to explore the reasons why because I think they are directly related to the theme of freedom of expression.

Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality and the Internet

APC on 3 Apr 2014
We invite you to join our Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality, & the Internet to explore and develop our collective understanding of what a feminist internet looks like. The meeting will be held in Malaysia between April 12 and 17 and brings together scholars, activists, and policy specialists from local, regional, and international organizations and networks.

APC launches collaborative initiative to protect, promote and defend sexual rights online

Shawna Finnegan on 3 Apr 2014
From April 12th - 17th, APC's Women's Rights and Communications Information Policy programmes will bring together activists working in the sexual rights movement and internet rights movement to a global dialogue on Gender, Sexuality and the Internet in Port Dickson, Malaysia.

Decoding India’s Proposed Online Porn Ban – II

Rohini Lakshan​​é on 17 Mar 2014
This is the third in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Tangled, Like Wool” meeting held in New Delhi in January 2014.

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill – a great blow to internet freedom

Flavia Fascendini on 5 Mar 2014
One month after Nigeria's president signed into law a harsh law criminalising sexual minorities, Uganda has followed suit by signing it's own “anti-gay”, as dubbed by the media, bill. Joining Tanzania, Mauritania, Sudan and Sierra Leone, Uganda and Nigeria have join the club of countries in the continent where the LGBT is criminalise under the harshest sentences: offenders can receive life imprisonment for homosexual acts. Throughout our work on EROTICS, we have confirmed the importance of the internet for sexual rights activists in performing their work. What does this new law means for the empowerment and the capacity to advocate for sexual rights of activists in Uganda? Does the ongoing harassment and now criminalisation of the LGBT community transposes to the online environment? We asked KDM, internet rights and sexual rights activist in Uganda to answer those questions.

Sex work and the internet

Menaka Rao on 13 Jan 2014
Sex workers are increasingly using the Internet for finding business, organising themselves, and fighting for their rights. However, the online space is not without some of the hindrances of the offline one. This is the fifth in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Connect Your Rights!” meeting held in Mumbai in November 2013. The meeting explored topics such as tools to combat violence against women, pornography, sexuality, and freedoms and risks in the online world.

Legal restrictions on content are not helpful - Discussions around feminism, sexuality, technology and violence

Melissa Hope Ditmore on 18 Dec 2013
APC’s Women’s Rights Programme convened a meeting on feminism, sexuality, technology and violence at Rutgers University Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights in the United States in November. The three-day meeting ranged from setting out definitions to practical concerns and future collaboration. The meeting grew out of the Exploratory Research Online (EROTICS) undertaken in 2008 with research projects in five countries. Phase 2 of this project included a survey of sexual rights activists about their online experiences. Many were impressed to hear that 98% of sexuality rights activists who completed the survey said that the internet was critical to their work. However, over half reported receiving threats online and 27% said that they had stopped some of their work online in response. This demonstrates a truly chilling effect and the need for sexuality rights activists to understand how to protect themselves and their organizations online.

Feminist Porn: Re-imagining Parameters of Sex and Sexuality

Richa Kaul Padte on 9 Dec 2013
If you’re looking for porn where a scream of pleasure is actually pleasurable, you’ve come to the right place.

EROTICS all over: Constellations of debates on sexual rights, privacy and technology

Flavia Fascendini on 20 Nov 2013
"EROTICS project":http://www.apc.org/en/projects/erotics-exploratory-research-project-sexuality-and-0 is moving forward and discussions on sexual rights, violence against women, censorship. privacy, pornography, freedoms and risks in the online world. are flowing all around. Two meetings took place lately, one was held in India, and the other one was held in the United States.

8th Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF): Chair´s summary

Flavia Fascendini on 18 Nov 2013
From 22-25 October 2013 in Bali, Indonesia, internet governance experts, civil society, government and intergovernmental organizations’ officials, international social and economic development practitioners, members of the academic and technical communities, private sector representatives and other inquiring global citizens gathered together for the 8th meeting of the Internet Governance Forum. The main overarching theme for the 8th IGF was ‘Building Bridges - Enhancing Multistakeholder Cooperation for Growth and Sustainable Development’.
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