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July 25th is #orangeday: Call to Action! Global Tweet-a-thon

NM for GenderIT.org
NM for GenderIT.org on 24 July, 2013 - 16:44
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Take Back the Tech, along with UN Women and other partners, are organizing this month's #OrangeDay, which takes place every month on the 25th to raise global awareness about GBV and the interneti. We're joining this day to highlight technology for women's rightsi, safety and security online, as well as some great articles on sexual rightsEroTICs- Literature Review ">i activism and internet regulationi. Join us, share your work, and take part in the #orangeday twitter conversation!

The false paradox: freedom of expression and sexist hate speech

Margarita Salas
Margarita Salas on 10 June, 2013 - 14:12
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Margarita is a feminist activist and researcher from Latin America. She is currently doing research consultancy of internet intermediaries corporate policies for APC's End Violence project.

The campaign “Take action to end gender-based violence on Facebook” has re-opened up debate among internet rights Connect Your Rights! Campaign ">iadvocates about the right to freedom of expressioni and responsibilities of interneti intermediaries in regarding the content that circulates through their services. Margarita Salas, who is currently doing research consultancy of internet intermediaries corporate policies for APC's End Violence project, is looking in her blogi at gender-based hate speech in the context of various international instruments and present couple of examples how to deal with cyber hate.

Blaming the victim

Erika Smith
Erika Smith on 18 December, 2012 - 14:51
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Erika Smith is the APC Women’s Rights Project Associate. She is in charge of implementation of the “Ending violence: women’s rights and safety on the internet” project in Mexico, and also closely accompany the global and local Take Back the Tech! campaign every November 25-December 10. She is based in Mexico.

It was a bit like ping-pong - reporters, activists, and representatives from civil society organisations"What is civil society?", initial working definition adopted by the Centre for Civil Society at the London School of Economics">i in a hot debate on privacyepic.org/privacy/gender/default.html">i 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

Florencia Flores Iborra
Florencia Flores Iborra on 17 December, 2012
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Florencia studied Philosophy in Montevideo, Uruguay. She worked for APC as a member of the ICT policy Latinamerican monitor team and writes for GenderIT.org.

This article, written by Florencia Flores Iborra for GenderIT.orgSource: APC Annual Report 2006 ">i, analyses some current cultural practices on some of the more popular online social networks, and the ways in which the publication policies of these platforms support or restrictinformation and communications technology. ">i the proliferation of certain behaviors relating to respect for the rights of women on the interneti.

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

Urooj Zia for the Take Back the Tech! campaign and Bytes for All, Pakistan
Urooj Zia for the Take Back the Tech! campaign and Bytes for All, Pakistan on 17 December, 2012 - 17:20
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Urooj Zia is an Associate Editor at Chashm (http://www.chashm.net), and manages WebCon, an internet and social media consultancy (http://webcon.chashm.net).

‘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.

Stories that need to be heard

Sonia Randhawa
Sonia Randhawa on 7 December, 2012 - 18:01
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Sonia Randhawa is a former GenderIT.org editor currently doing a PhD on women journalists in Malaysia in the 1990s. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, but still calls Malaysia home.

Tonight, as I was thinking through this blogi, 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.”

Facebook support sucks

Beena Sarwar for her blog "Journeys to democracy"
Beena Sarwar for her blog "Journeys to democracy" on 3 December, 2012 - 12:40
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Beena Sarwar is a journalist, editor and documentary filmmaker (originally a painter) focusing on issues related to media, gender, human rights and peace.

Since November 22, when I made a password error, Facebook has restricted me from certain features for 30 days. Highly inconvenient because I am admin of several groups and pages (mostly related to peace and human rightsi). Each I try to take any of the above actions, I get a note saying I have been blocked from certain features because I may have violated community standards. Like which ones?

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-stakeholderStyle information: APC uses multi-stakeholder with a hyphen between "multi" and "stakeholder".

Source: Frequently Asked Questions about Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in ICTs for Development: A guide for national ICT policy animators">i principle, it widens my perspective on pressing internet governanceSource: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">i 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 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.

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.

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