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APC launches website on sex, rights and the internet

EROTICS
EROTICS on 10 March, 2014 - 12:59
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In the second phase of the groundbreaking EROTICSi project, an exploratory research project into sexuality and the interneti, the Association for Progressive Communicationsi has launched a new website (http://erotics.apc.org) to reflect the project's background, share knowledge and feature updates on the initiative.

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill – a great blow to internet freedom

KDM
KDM on 5 March, 2014 - 17:19
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One month after Nigeria's president signed into law a harsh law criminalising sexual minorities, Uganda has followed suit by signing it's own “anti-gay”, as dubbed by the media, bill. Joining Tanzania, Mauritania, Sudan and Sierra Leone, Uganda and Nigeria have join the club of countries in the continent where the LGBTi is criminalise under the harshest sentences: offenders can receive life imprisonment for homosexual acts. Throughout our work on EROTICSi, we have confirmed the importance of the interneti for sexual rightsi activists in performing their work. What does this new law means for the empowermenti and the capacity to advocate for sexual rights of activists in Uganda? Does the ongoing harassment and now criminalisation of the LGBT community transposes to the online environment? We asked KDM, internet rights iand sexual rights activist in Uganda to answer those questions.

Porn and Violence: Navigating the Grey Areas

Richa Kaul Padte
Richa Kaul Padte on 26 February, 2014 - 14:35
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Richa is a writer, researcher and bass-music lover. She writes at www.richakaulpadte.com and tweets @hirishitalkies.

Some were uncomfortable with certain types and scales of violence being represented, such as rape porn or gang-rape porn. Others felt that was just fantasy. This is the first in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Tangled, Like Wool” meeting held in New Delhi in January 2014. Through talks, presentations and discussions, the meeting explored the links between pornographyi, gender, sexuality and the freedom of speech.

Pornographic Love

Richa Kaul Padte
Richa Kaul Padte on 26 February, 2014 - 14:05
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Richa is a writer, researcher and bass-music lover. She writes at www.richakaulpadte.com and tweets @hirishitalkies.

Richa Kaul Padte explores Pornographic Love, one of the three websites that received a Feminist Porn Award in 2013, and asks the question: What makes this website different from mainstream porn portalis?

Snippets from “Tangled, Like Wool”, New Delhi

EROTICS India
EROTICS India on 31 January, 2014 - 10:27
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Point of View and CREA held “Tangled, Like Wool” a day-long meeting of activists, NGOs, researchers, blogigers, media persons and other stakeholders ifor exploring the links between pornographyi, gender, sexuality and the freedom of speech, held on January 28, 2014 at New Delhi. It was the second meeting of the second phase of the EROTICSi India project, the first being held in Mumbai in November 2013. Through talks, presentations and discussions, the meeting took a comprehensive and multi-faceted look at the nuances of issues pertaining to online pornography in India. It was live-tweeted with the hashtag #EROTICSDel. EROTICS India meetings with the same or similar themes are scheduled to take place in Kolkata, Chennai and Bangialore.

Interview: Adolescent Girls’ Mobile Phone Use in Bihar, Jharkhand, UP

Rohini Lakshané
Rohini Lakshané on 13 January, 2014 - 13:45
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Human rightsi organisation CREA conducted a study in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh last year to assess the feasibility of delivering sexual and reproductive health information through mobile phones to adolescent girls. The study was a part of the “It’s My Body” programme held in collaboration with 15 local community-based organisations for girls aged 12 to 18 years. The findings of the study reveal the many complexities of providing information on sexual health to minors — the girls’ use of the mobile phone is extremely restricted and monitored by families, telecom operators are wary of partnering with such an initiative, and families and communities are uncomfortable with the topic. Rohini Lakshané speaks with Sanjana Gaind, Program Manager, Young Women’s Feminist Leadership, CREA about the study.

Sex work and the internet

Menaka Rao
Menaka Rao on 13 January, 2014 - 13:05
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Menaka Rao is a former journalist turned freelance writer.

Sex workers are increasingly using the Interneti for finding business, organising themselves, and fighting for their rights. However, the online space is not without some of the hindrances of the offline one. This is the fifth in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Connect Your Rights!” meeting held in Mumbai in November 2013. The meeting explored topics such as tools to combat violence against womeni, pornographyi, sexuality, and freedoms and risks in the online world.

Sexual rights in Indonesia: Creating and protecting safe spaces for women minority groups

Analía Lavin
Analía Lavin on 18 December, 2013 - 17:54
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Analia is a member of the APC's communications team.

While the interneti empowers women living with HIV/AIDS by providing information about their right to privacyi, internet rights iin Indonesia are being threatened by governmenti practices of blockingi and filtering content. During the last Internet Governance Forum ithat took place in October 2013 in Bali, APC talked to Indonesian activist Kamilia Manaf about the challenges that sexual rightsi and internet rights are facing in the country, as well as the impact that an international event like the IGF has in their advocacyi work.

Decoding India’s Proposed Online Porn Ban – I

Menaka Rao for EROTICS India
Menaka Rao for EROTICS India on 18 December, 2013 - 15:14
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Menaka Rao is a former journalist turned freelance writer.

This is the fourth in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Connect Your Rights!” meeting held in Mumbai in November 2013. The meeting explored topics such as tools to combat violence against womeni, pornographyi, sexuality, and freedoms and risks in the online world.

Legal restrictions on content are not helpful - Discussions around feminism, sexuality, technology and violence

Melissa Hope Ditmore
Melissa Hope Ditmore on 18 December, 2013 - 01:44
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APC’s Women’s Rights Programme convened a meeting on feminismi, sexuality, technology and violence at Rutgers University Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rightsi in the United Stateis in November. The three-day meeting ranged from setting out definitions to practical concerns and future collaboration. The meeting grew out of the Exploratory Research Online (EROTICSi) undertaken in 2008 with research projects in five countries. Phase 2 of this project included a survey of sexual rightsi activists about their online experiences. Many were impressed to hear that 98% of sexuality rights activists who completed the survey said that the interneti was critical to their work. However, over half reported receiving threats online and 27% said that they had stopped some of their work online in response. This demonstrates a truly chilling effect and the need for sexuality rights activists to understand how to protect themselves and their organizations online.

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