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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.

Women's rights at the 2014 IGF

All sorts of members of the interneti community got together for the 2014 Internet Governance Forum i(IGF) in Istanbul from September 2-5. There were hundreds of workshops and meetings and side events, and even an entirely parallel Internet Ungovernance Forum, challenging the dominance of governmentis and corporations at the IGF.

DJ's CHOICE OF THE WEEK: Judith Butler explained with cats, internet famous, and good music

Tarryn Booysen
Tarryn Booysen on 8 September, 2014 - 08:25
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Tarryn is a South African BA graduate with majors in Psychology and Sociology. She currently works on the End Violence: Women’s rights and safety online project as the administrative assistant. Tarryn is also responsible for the weekly section of GenderIT, DJ’s Choice.

DJ's choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.orgi, 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 ICTsi. 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.

DJ's CHOICE OF THE WEEK: Free speech and bullied women, bra protest, and Lego

Mariam Zaidi
Mariam Zaidi on 3 September, 2014 - 19:42
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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.

APC launches "Feminist Principles of the Internet" at 2014 Internet Governance Forum

GenderIT.org
GenderIT.org on 3 September, 2014 - 14:10
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On 1 September 2014, APC launched the “Feminist Principles of the Interneti” at the Sexual Rightsi Pre-Event of the 2014 Internet Governance Forum iin Istanbul, Turkey.

Moderate progress in gender parity and inclusion at the IGF between 2012-2013

APC summarised the contents of the Gender iReport Card sections of the workshop reports from the Internet Governance Forum iof 2012 in Azerbaijan, and the 2013 IGF in Indonesia.

Queering internet governance in Indonesia

Institut Pelangi Perempuan in cooperation with Association for Progressive Communications and Ford Foundation
Institut Pelangi Perempuan in cooperation with Association for Progressive Communications and Ford Foundation on 1 September, 2014 - 17:23
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In Indonesia, sexuality has gradually become a more and more open public discourse. Conflicti on discourse of sexuality expands through the use of Interneti. On the one hand, internet has given space to the advancement of human rightsi including human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queeri (LGBTIiQ). On the other hand, the technology creates a space, which preserves status quo, discrimination and violence against LGBTIQ that has previously been evident in offline spaces. Harassment and homophobic bullying, which include online delivery of hate speech against the LGBTIQ referred to as cyber-homophobia is among the behaviors appearing in social network and other cyber spaces. The blockade of LGBTIQ websites by several Internet Service Provideris (ISP) has been happening since 2011. The act is often a one-sided decision without prior notification to owner of website. More often than not, the process is committed by both ISP and Ministry of Communication and Informatics Republic of Indonesia, without a transparent and accountable consultation to the owner of the website.
In response to such situation, in 2012, LGBTIQ activists began advocating Human Rights of LGBTIQ in the area of internet management. These activists include Institut Pelangi Perempuan (IPP), Ourvoice (OV), Arus Pelangi and Gamacca. The social movement and process of advocacyi against cyber-homophobia and the decision to close LGBTIQ websites in Indonesia then become a movement introduced as “Queering Internet Governancei in Indonesia.”

 

Tools and Tactics for the LGBTI community in sub-Saharan Africa

Tactical Tech
Tactical Tech on 1 September, 2014 - 14:05
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Tactical Tech is delighted to announce the launch of a new guide: Tools and Tactics for the LGBTIi community in sub-Saharan Africa. This is the second in our series of Security in-a-boxi Community Focus guides, which aim to further integrate digital security into the context of particular communities and human rightsi defenders.

 

EROTICS, activism and feminist porn

Caroline Tagny
Caroline Tagny on 9 May, 2014
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GenderIT.org

Caroline Tagny interviewed Rohini Lashkané, who used to work with EROTICSi India, and Sheena Magenya, from the Coalition of African Lesbians during the Global meeting on gender, sexuality and the interneti in April 2014 to ask them how they understand pornographyi from their respective contexts, and how do they engage their activism with the intersection between sexual rightsi and internet rights.

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