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Blaming the victim

It was a bit like ping-pong - reporters, activists, and representatives from civil society organisations in a hot debate on privacy in Facebook. Some pointed out how Facebook (FB) from its inception is designed to encourage giving up your innermost secrets – or at least your relationship status. That privacy configurations change frequently on FB and it's hard to keep up or understand the implications of a change.

It was a bit like ping-pong – reporters, activists, and representatives from civil society organisations in a hot debate on privacy in Facebook.

Some pointed out how Facebook (FB) from its inception is designed to encourage giving up your innermost secrets – or at least your relationship status. That privacy configurations change frequently on FB and it’s hard to keep up or understand the implications of a change.

Tell me what social network you use and I'll tell you what your struggle is

With the development of social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, Google+, Linkedin, and others, users can share content, interact, and create communities based on similar interests.

These networks have become a promising business for independent companies, artists, and professionals.

She's begging to be raped – Twitterverse for feminists in Pakistan!

‘She's begging to be raped.’ That's the response that many feminists in Pakistan get online from Pakistani men seeking to shut them up. This is a response from Pakistani men to women merely tweeting about issues related to sexualised violence.

‘She’s begging to be raped.’ That’s the response that many feminists in Pakistan get online from Pakistani men seeking to shut them up.

Stories that need to be heard

Tonight, as I was thinking through this blog, my three-year-old offered to help. “It's not easy,” I warned her. “You see, there was a man who hurt a woman. He hurt her lots, and told her that if she didn't keep quiet, that he'd hurt her again. But she didn't keep quiet, and she told people her story.”

Tonight, as I was thinking through this blog, my three-year-old offered to help.

“It’s not easy,” I warned her. “You see, there was a man who hurt a woman. He hurt her lots, and told her that if she didn’t keep quiet, that he’d hurt her again. But she didn’t keep quiet, and she told people her story.”

“She was brave, wasn’t she?”

_“Yes. But the problem is, if I tell other people her story, then the man might hurt her again. And he might hurt her more.

IGF 2012: Day two in room four

What I most value about the IGF is that thanks to its multi-stakeholder principle, it widens my perspective on pressing internet governance issues. However, all three sessions I attended on day two in room number four, while talking about human rights, failed to include women's right perspective. Women internet 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.

Day Two in Room Four

What I most value about the IGF is that thanks to its multi-stakeholder principle, it widens my perspective on pressing internet governance issues. However, all three sessions I attended on day two in room number four, while talking about human rights, failed to include women’s rights perspective.

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 in 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 governance processes, as well as women’s and internet rights during the IGF.

This is a selection of the tweets circulated during the Internet Governance Forum in 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 governance processes, as well as women’s and internet rights during the IGF.

Representation

@internetrights
@APC_News 1630 participants from 128 countries attended #igf12 how many were women?

‏@FlaFlak

The Uprising of Women in the Arab World censored by Facebook

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 censorship of her photo.

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 censorship of the photo.

Dana’s photo was posted on the page on 21 October, and was removed 25 October by Facebook.

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

Nighat Dad from "Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan":http://www.digitalrightsfoundation.pk 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.
Nighat Dad from Digital Rights Foundation, Pakista 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.

New mobile app for sexuality research pulled back over privacy concerns

Melissa Ditmore reflects on release and subsequent pulling back of new application designed to collect data on sexual activity by Kinsey Institute in the USA. She outlines privacy concerns raised and how these holes can jeopardize users data. She also makes a make a case how this app once privacy gaps are fixed can assist to document unwanted and often under-reported sexual experiences, such as rape or sexual harassment.

The Kinsey Institute in the USA has long been a seat of scholarship on sexuality. In September 2012, they developed an application (app) for people using Apple and Android devices to report their sexual activities.

This innovative use of new technologies may sound simply like the surveys done of sexual activities, but this would offer multiple opportunities for long-term longitudinal studies and accept input from all over the world.

A little red dot on a map points to a significant debate

A Feminist talk entry published in GenderIT.org (in Portuguese) started an interesting exchange related to the complex fields of freedom of expression, censorship, hate speech, legal remedies, and ICT related violence against women. You must be asking yourself what it was about, in order to start such a complex debate. Well, it all starts with a map.

A Feminist talk entry published in GenderIT.org (in Portuguese) started an interesting exchange related to the complex fields of freedom of expression, censorship, hate speech, legal remedies, and ICT related violence against women. You must be asking yourself what it was about, in order to start such a complex debate. Well, it all starts with a map: the Take Back the Tech! mapping platform available since the end of 2011.

It's violent, it's misogynist. Something needs to be done, but what?

For those of you that don't know the appalling vitriol that Anita Sarkeesian has been subject to, you can read a summary of it <a href="http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/internet/2012/07/what-online-harassment-looks">here</a>. It's worrying that there are people out there who are capable of perpetrating this campaign of hatred. But what's more worrying is that we don't seem to know what to do about it.

For those of you that don't know the appalling vitriol that Anita Sarkeesian has been subject to, you can read a summary of it here. It's worrying that there are people out there who are capable of perpetrating this campaign of hatred. But what's more worrying is that we don't seem to know what to do about it.

Censorship in South Africa: Protecting or policing?

The Spear is a painting that depicts the African National Congress leader and South African president Jacob Zuma in a rallying pose, with genitals exposed. It has caused controversy and been defaced. Images of the painting have gone viral on internet. In late May 2012, the South African Film and Publications Board classified the painting, as "16N" - not suitable for people under the age of 16 because it contains nudity. But in a country where one in four women is raped, Sonia Randhawa wonders just who the ban is supposed to protect.

_The Spear is a painting that depicts the African National Congress (ANC) leader and South African president Jacob Zuma in a rallying pose, with genitals exposed. It has caused controversy and been defaced. Images of the painting have gone viral on internet. In late May 2012, the South African Film and Publications Board classified the painting, as “16N” – not suitable for people under the age of 16 because it contains nudity.

Equality, non-interference, non-hierarchy: What the net should be

The UN Special Rapporteur on cultural rights Farida Shaheed made an important speech on internet governance in Geneva earlier in May 2012. She stressed the importance of upholding human rights principles online supporting the call of civil society for democratization of internet governance. Sonia Randhawa is urging all of us to not just look at what Farida Shaheed says, but also to take a look at the ways in which you personally and your organisation, if you have one, can and really need to get involved in these debates

The UN Special Rapporteur on cultural rights Farida Shaheed made an important speech on internet governanceSource: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">i in Geneva earlier in May 2012. She stressed the importance of upholding human rightsi principles online supporting the call of civil society for democratization of interneti governance.

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