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Why do the Feminist Principles of the Internet matter?

Dhyta Caturani
Dhyta Caturani on 25 September, 2014 - 17:09 on 25 September, 2014 - 17:09
Dhyta Caturani is a long-time human rights and women's rights activist in Indonesia. She currently works as a project coordinator at EngageMedia, a non profit organization that uses the power of technology to create social and environmental change in SEA.

There were several sessions and side meetings at the 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Out of those, there were only a few on gender and sexuality. The Gender Dynamic Coalition launched the Feminist Principles of the Internet at the end of the session, making the document officially public. Here is an analysis on why those principles matter.

The internet is believed to be an open space for everyone to express themselves freely.

There were several sessions and side meetings at the 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Out of those, there were only a few on gender and sexuality. The Gender Dynamic Coalition launched the Feminist Principles of the Internet at the end of the session, making the document officially public. Here is an analysis on why those principles matter.

DJ's CHOICE OF THE WEEK: Female condoms, pseudonyms, and women's progress

Mariam Zaidi
Mariam Zaidi on 19 September, 2014 - 03:32
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Mariam is an American postgraduate student with a major in English and biology. She works as an intern for GenderIT.org and is a contributor for the DJ's Choice.

DJ’s choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.org, exploring the depths of the web to provide you once a week with a top 5 of creative, interesting and informative pieces and resources on gender and ICTs. Delight yourself with this selection of “sparks”: Good readings, interesting links, videos, pictures, cool authors to point to, amazing tools, and much more. Send us interesting material to genderit at apcwomen.org or tweet us your links using #genderit.

Never mind the nipples: Sex, gender and social media

Bishakha Datta
Bishakha Datta on 16 September, 2014 - 13:26
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Bishakha Datta writes and films non-fiction, works on gender and sexuality, runs Point of View in Mumbai, is part of the wikipedia family and serves on several non-profit boards. She tweets @busydot and sometimes blogs at dizzybot. In all her avatars, Bishakha explores marginal, invisible, silenced points of view - or those considered illegitimate. Current interest: digital intersections with gender and sexuality.

This article is based on the speech given by Bishakha Datta at the Disco-Tech event organised by APC that took place at the 2014 Internet Governance Forum iin Turkey.

Hands off my internet! Abortion stigmas - accessing and controlling information on reproductive rights

Bianca Baldo
Bianca Baldo on 15 September, 2014 - 20:11
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Bianca Baldo has over eight years of coordination experience in women human rights and anti human-trafficking advocacy, program management, gender protection and capacity-building training in Ecuador, Vietnam, Cambodia, Jamaica and Canada. She has completed a Bachelors of Arts in Comparative Development from Trent University, a Civil Law degree from University of Ottawa and Masters in Law from McGill University. She is presently working as a consultant with Roos-Remillard Consulting Services, on program design, funding proposals and training modules against human trafficking.

The interneti provides a vital space for women and girls to access information about sexual and reproductive health and services, including information about abortion. Yet both governmentis and corporations censor that information – but you can be part of the conversation that helps break down the boundaries to this important health information.

How crucial is anonymity for sexual exploration and promoting sexual rights activism

Shaikh Rafia
Shaikh Rafia on 15 September, 2014 - 12:20
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Rafia is a tech journalist currently working as a research and communications associate at Digital Rights Foundation focusing on women rights, internet governance, and digital security. She spends her weekends translating and romanizing languages.

While the debate around anonymity rarely gets seen from a feminist angle, women go through this feeling of being watched online and offline every day of their lives. It happens so often and so persistently that it has increasingly become synonymous to the experience of being a woman. It is no wonder then that the Feminists Principles of the Interneti vocally advocate that “It is our inalienable right to choose, express, and experiment with our diverse sexualities on the internet. Anonymity enables this.” With the right to anonymity and a relevant right to be forgotten comes the tragic part of security and harassment under the wrap of anonymity. This complexity of creating an anonymous digital world while not enabling the harassers, hackeris, or blackmailers is what makes the debate around anonymity important for internet governancei. And this was part of the debate that took place during the panel titled "Anonymity by design: Protecting while connecting" at the Internet Governance Forum iin Turkey.

#WhatAreYouDoingAboutVAW campaign: Social media accountability

Sara Baker
Sara Baker on 12 September, 2014 - 16:41
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Sara is based in the United States and is the coordinator of the Take Back the Tech! campaign.

On 21 July, Take Back the Tech!i began a campaign demanding to know what Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are doing about violence against womeni on their sites. Our primary goal is to get them to take a clear stand on violence against women in their terms of service and engage with diverse civil society to find solutions for safer platforms

Why do the Feminist Principles of the Internet matter?

Dhyta Caturani
Dhyta Caturani on 12 September, 2014 - 16:40
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Dhyta Caturani is a long-time human rights and women's rights activist in Indonesia. She currently works as a project coordinator at EngageMedia, a non profit organization that uses the power of technology to create social and environmental change in SEA.

The interneti is believed to be an open space for everyone to express themselves freely. So why do we need a set of principles to "govern" us?

IGF 2014: From Istanbul with love or “honey trap”?

Looking for love online can be exhilirating and fun. But for LGBTIiQ relationships, there is a need for safe, unpoliced spaces to allow for personal and political growth. Kamel Manaf explores how sex and interneti activism link and overlap.

On 2-5 September 2014, over 2,400 activists, academics, businesspeople and government representatives from 144 countries actively participated in policy dialogue on issues of internet governance at the ninth annual Internet Governance Forum, held in Istanbul, Turkey. This edition of our newsletter offers snapshots of these debates and features observations and reflections from feminist and queer activists who participated in this forum to discuss issues of sexual and women’s rights, such as the responsibilities of social networking platforms to address violence against women, and the importance of anonymous communication for sexual rights activism around the world.

This edition also contains an interview with a local activist from Turkey on the pathbreaking LGBTI activism in the country, the internet as a basic means for LGBTI refugees to access information, and the impact of the blocking of websites on local activists.

These feminist talks on internet governance help scale over the still relatively thick walls that tend to divide gender issues and internet governance as separate arenas.

On 2-5 September 2014, over 2,400 activists, academics, businesspeople and government representatives from 144 countries actively participated in policy dialogue on issues of internet governance at the ninth annual Internet Governance Forum, held in Istanbul, Turkey.

9th Internet Governance Forum: Gender and sexuality online

Dhyta Caturani
Dhyta Caturani on 11 September, 2014 - 13:49
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Dhyta Caturani is a long-time human rights and women's rights activist in Indonesia. She currently works as a project coordinator at EngageMedia, a non profit organization that uses the power of technology to create social and environmental change in SEA.

There were several sessions and side meetings at the 9th Internet Governance Forum i(IGF). Out of those, there were only a few on gender iand sexuality, and this post is about the ones I had the privilege to attend. On September 1st, before the IGF officially started, the Association For Progresssive Communications (APC), organized a day-long pre-event meeting on Sex, Rights, and Internet Governancei. The meeting brought together women's rightsi, sex rights, and internet rights iactivists together to discuss those intersecting issues.

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