internet governance

The internet of Things: smart devices, quantified self, dolls and vibrators

hvale on 27 Apr 2017
If an object has a chip, it becomes smart, and by extension our houses become smarter - and so do our cities, hospitals, toys, phones. But what about the inventors, the creators, the owners, the users of all these smart and tiny things - are we becoming smarter? Reflecting on sessions in Rights Con 2017 in Brussels, Vale examines the ways in which the internet of things can lead to invasive datafication and surveillance, and violate internet rights.

Internet Governance Forum 2015: Learnings from the gender report cards

APC on 1 Dec 2016
In IGF 2015 gender report cards were completed for a total of 107 workshops – more than double the 51 regional workshops reported on in 2015. A summary and analysis of the discussion and comments are included here.

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".

Internet control points as LGBT rights mediation

on 2 May 2016
Conflicts over lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights, similar to other social struggles, are increasingly materializing within technical functions of Internet governance and architecture rather than at the surface level of content.

IGF 2015 Best Practice Forum: Online Abuse and Gender-Based Violence Against Women Report

on 12 Jan 2016
The 2015 IGF Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Online Abuse and Gender-Based Violence Against Women used an open and inclusive process to gather a broad variety of views and inputs on this multidimensional problem over nine months. As a result of this community-driven process, the BPF’s draft findings reflect a rich diversity of responses from various stakeholders and regions regarding the issue.

Locating gender at the Internet Governance Forum 2015

Kateřina Fialová on 22 Dec 2015
For nine years, feminist activists struggled to bring gender issues out of the peripheries at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The 2015 IGF which took place in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, proved that the link between gender and internet governance is being more and more recognised. Women accounted for 38% of onsite participants. Gender, women's and sexual rights was mentioned in at least 15 workshops on the agenda. One of the six Best Practice Forums, which seeks to produce more concrete outcomes on topical issues, focused on countering abuse of women online. This GenderIT.org edition gathers feminist reflections on the 10th IGF, pointing to evident advances as well as some still pending issues.

Diversity, gender, and rights: All videos from IGF 2015 in one place

Flavia Fascendini on 16 Dec 2015
Flavia Fascendini put together the videos from all discussions at the IGF 2015 which concerned gender issues, women's and sexual rights, bringing forward the Feminist Principles of the Internet.

Trusting our net

Shawna Finnegan on 10 Dec 2015
Shawna Finnegan and Emilar Vushe, who are the part of the Association for Progressive Communication's policy programme, engage in a conversation about their highlights of this year's Internet Governance Forum (IGF). They speak about the value of the IGF as well as barriers to access it, national and regional initiatives, and some of the biggest internet governance issues right now, such as public access.

Let's talk about the past to understand the internet of the present

Paz Peña O. on 10 Dec 2015
The internet is all about the future and the next big thing and gosh, I'm so bored of that. Let's talk about the past in order to understand the internet of the present and its fights over rights.

Gender and technology have been increasingly recognised as a human rights issue

Paz Peña O. on 10 Dec 2015
Between the belligerence of the "Gamer Gate" (the controversy regarding the last UN report on violence against women), and a very uncommon Stockholm Internet Forum who in its last session, focussed on gender issues, the context for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Joao Pessoa was a very interesting opportunity to see how gender would be addressed in the most important internet forum of the world.

What do women expect for this 10th IGF?

Flavia Fascendini on 7 Nov 2015
GenderIT.org asked many of the participants in the Gender and Internet Governance eXchanges (gigX) from three different regions what they expected for this year's 10th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Brazil, in terms of women's and sexual rights, gender, and internet governance.

Women actively join internet governance discussions

Dafne Sabanes Plou on 4 Nov 2015
Little by little, the number of women participating in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has increased significantly, and their presence in panels and workshops and as participants has brought new insights into the discussion of the different matters that are key in IGF debates.

Women’s rights, gender and Internet governance

APC on 30 Oct 2015
This issue paper addresses the degree to which gender and women’s rights feature in Internet1 governance, in multiple interconnected ways including, but certainly not limited to, access, content and representation. Gender and women’s rights occupy a largely rhetorical role in today’s discussion of Internet governance.

Claiming governance spaces: from Gender and Internet Governance Exchange to Africa Internet Governance Forum

Caroline Tagny on 26 Oct 2015
The Association for Progressive Communications' Caroline Tagny interviewed Chenai Chair, a participant of the Africa Gender and Internet Governance Exchange, on her experience.

Meha Jouini: The internet has allowed me to publicly express my identity as an Amazigh woman activist

Leila Nachawati Rego on 1 Oct 2015
Maha Jouini is an Addis Ababa-based Tunisian blogger, and women’s rights and indigenous rights activist, with a special focus on the Amazigh community. APC’s Leila Nachawati met Meha in Addis Ababa during the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) in September and here is what they talked about.
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