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You shall no longer be strange, internet

Nadine Moawad
Nadine Moawad on 20 August, 2014 - 13:57 on 20 August, 2014 - 13:57
Nadine is the EROTICS project coordinator. Activist, blogger, organizer, techie, high school teacher, feminist, leftist, secularist, works on gender and sexuality, she is based in Lebanon and tweets at @nmoawad

I’d bet my internet that one of your first experiences with the digital social had something to do with sex. Unsolicited nudity arriving in your inbox? Hundreds of sex-related IRC channels that popped up while you searched for your local radio chatroom? Pop-ups spiraling out of control on Internet Explorer?

Or maybe you went looking for it in a Lycos search. Or maybe you built a geocities site with gifs and midi music and a sparkling background over which you (barely visibly) wrote something about sex.

I’d bet my internet that one of your first experiences with the digital social had something to do with sex. Unsolicited nudity arriving in your inbox? Hundreds of sex-related IRC channels that popped up while you searched for your local radio chatroom? Pop-ups spiraling out of control on Internet Explorer? Or maybe you went looking for it in a Lycos search. Or maybe you built a geocities site with gifs and midi music and a sparkling background over which you (barely visibly) wrote something about sex. Or maybe it was you who would connect to the #0!!!!!!!!girls_love_sex IRC channel on Dalnet back when hashtags were rooms and not keywords.

Feminist Principles of the Internet

APC and contributors
APC and contributors on 19 August, 2014
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Over three days, the participants discussed and debated intersections of gender, sexuality, and the internet – not only as a tool – but as a new public space. In thinking through these issues, the participants at the meeting developed a set of 15 feminist principles of the internet. These are designed to be an evolving document that informs our work on gender and technology, as well as influences our policy-making discussions when it comes to internet governance.

Gender, sexuality and the internet

Posted 20 August, 2014 - 12:52

Have we taken over the internet or has it taken us over? Are we using or being used by the internet? How can we resist the globalised commodification of the internet and defend it as open, diffused, decentralised and subversive? Is the divide between our online and offline lives blurring? Is this empowering or threatening? Many fascinating questions that look not for a definite and absolute answer, but to be debated in a frame of respect of women’s and sexual rights, online and offline.

In last April, Malaysia was the backdrop for academics, feminist and queer activists, and internet rights and policy specialists from diverse organisations and networks coming from many different countries to reflect on and analyse contentious issues of gender, sexuality and the internet. Most of the material featured in this edition draws on those debates and takes them further. We proudly introduce the evolving Feminist Principles of the Internet drafted with the participation of many activists, and the first research outputs from the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online project” highlighted in the resources section. We hope that the articles and resources offered in this GenderIT.org edition trigger your curiosity, and expand your exploration of gender, sexuality and online environments.

More articles on the Global meeting on gender, sexuality and the internet

Have we taken over the internet or has it taken us over? Are we using or being used by the internet? How can we resist the globalised commodification of the internet and defend it as open, diffused, decentralised and subversive? Is the divide between our online and offline lives blurring? Is this empowering or threatening? Many fascinating questions that look not for a definite and absolute answer, but to be debated in a frame of respect of women’s and sexual rights, online and offline.

Sex, rights and the internet: Survey on internet regulation and sexual rights

EROTICS
EROTICS on 14 August, 2014 - 14:59
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If you are an LGBTi activist, SRHR activist, women's rightsi activist, a queeri blogiger or a feminist who spends a lot of time on the interneti, please take 15 minutes to fill in our survey. We hope with this second round of our global monitoring survey to deepen our understanding on the connections between the regulationi of sexual speech and content on the internet and provide evidence that will help sexual rightsi activists explain the impact of such regulation on their lives and their work.

Marginalised desires and the internet

Nyx McLean
Nyx McLean on 12 August, 2014
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Nyx McLean is a researcher specialising in gender, sexuality and digital communities. She is currently working on her PhD which explores how the LGBTIAQ community in South Africa uses the internet as a counter public.
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This article explores marginalised desires and the need individuals have to express these desires online, especially when it may not be safe to do so offline. Attention is brought to the need to protect individuals’ rights to engage in sharing content and expressing their desires online; and the need for digital security to protection their data and identities. The article also discusses notions of identity, community and the need to form safe spaces (including the need to report violence experienced online).

Video: Feminist talks on a feminist internet

FF and CT
FF and CT on 12 May, 2014 - 18:25
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During APC's Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality and the Interneti where we explored our collective understanding of what a feminist internet looks like, we asked participants to tell us their vision of a feminist internet.

Imagining a digitally secure, feminist internet

Rohini Lakshané
Rohini Lakshané on 9 May, 2014 - 14:55
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Rohini Lakshané is the editor of EROTICS India, a former technology journalist and a Wikipedian. Her core interests include 'openness', technology for good and online civil liberties.

This is the second in a series of posts reporting on the Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality and the Interneti held in Port Dickson, Malaysia from April 13 to 17, 2014, to envision a feminist internet and to evolve a framework for it. Around 50 activists working on gender irights, sexual rightsi and Internet rights iin different parts of the world had come together for the meeting.

Sexual rights, internet rights, and feminism!

Ritu Srivastava
Ritu Srivastava on 8 May, 2014 - 18:44
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Ritu Srivastava has many years of professional experience in ICT development, managing programmes and projects at different stake-levels of competency. She is a member of the Digital Empowerment Foundation in India.

Sexual rightsi! What are you talking about? Does this kind of right exist in India? I never thought about it before I attended Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality and Technology.

Interview with Nana Darkoa: Adventures from the bedroom of an African woman

Flavia Fascendini
Flavia Fascendini on 5 May, 2014
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Flavia is Spanish and Portuguese GenderIT.org editor.
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Three (and many more) online is not a crowd – neither online nor offline. That is what the multi-award-winning blogi "Adventures from the bedrooms of African women" posits. In this interview, one of the blogi's founders and writers, Nana Darkoa from Ghana, talks about how this space started, what the boundaries are, and what it takes to build a safe and free space where African women can openly discuss a variety of issues related to sex, pleasure and sexuality – in spite of trolls and bad kissers.

APC held a global meeting on gender, sexuality and the interneti in Malaysia between 12 and 17 April, to explore and develop the collective understanding of what a feminist internet looks like. One of the goals of the meeting was to find, within a sex-positive queeri framework, an agreement on core feminist principles for a transformative internet, in order to develop a set of evolving Feminist Principles of the Internet.

_“Have we taken over the internet or has it taken us over?”; “Are we using or being used by the internet?”; “How can we resist the globalised commodification of the internet and defend it as open, diffused, decentralised and subversive?”; “Is the divide between our online and offline lives blurring? Is this empowering or threatening?”_ These were some of the fascinating questions raised during the intense debates that took place for three days, when academics, feminist and queeri activists, and internet rights iand policyi specialists from diverse organisations and networks coming from many different countries reflected on and analysed contentious issues of gender, sexuality and the internet, including questions around “harmful content”, pornographyi, “hate speech”, gender-based violence and sexual rightsi. We invite you to look through some of the materials reflecting the debates that took place during the meeting.

APC held a global meeting on gender, sexuality and the internet in Malaysia between 12 and 17 April, to explore and develop the collective understanding of what a feminist internet looks like.

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