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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.

Feminist Porn: Re-imagining Parameters of Sex and Sexuality

Richa Kaul Kadte
Richa Kaul Kadte on 9 December, 2013 - 14:26
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Richa Kaul Padte is a writer, researcher and bass-music lover who lives in Bombay and dreams of London. She writes at www.richakaulpadte.com and tweets @hirishitalkies.

If you’re looking for porn where a scream of pleasure is actually pleasurable, you’ve come to the right place.

Like being on the street: Women and online abuse

Menaka Rao
Menaka Rao on 29 November, 2013 - 13:51
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Menaka is a former journalist turned freelance writer.

This is the second 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.

No easy reading

Alan Finlay
Alan Finlay on 29 November, 2013 - 02:04 on 29 November, 2013 - 02:04
Alan Finlay is a visiting research associate at the University of Witwatersrand's Department of Journalism and Media Studies. He has been a consultant in the internet rights sector for the past 12 years, in which he has worked with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in various capacities. He is the current editor of Global Information Society Watch.

Nora Quebral (2012) – who is credited with coming up with the concept of ‘development communication’ in the early 70s – argued recently in an account of Asian domestic workers in the Middle East, and the right-to-drive protest by women in Saudi Arabia, that any analysis of rights is necessarily deeply contextual: (1) “A tough question to answer would be: in which [of these two societies] do women have more equal rights to communicate and to develop?” (p63) (2) While a universal rights-based discourse considers those rights inalienable, Quebral’s point is that it difficult to analyse the extent

Nora Quebral (2012) - who is credited with coming up with the concept of 'development communication' in the early 70s - argued recently in an account of Asian domestic workers in the Middle East, and the right-to-drive protest by women in Saudi Arabia, that any analysis of rights is necessarily deeply contextual: “A tough question to answer would be: in which [of these two societies] do women have more equal rights to communicate and to develop?” (p63) While a universal rights-based discourse considers those rights inalienable, Quebral's point is that it difficult to analyse the extent that to which those rights are realised, and in doing so to build easy comparisons between different contexts.

Crowdmapping Sexual Harassment in India

EROTICS India
EROTICS India on 27 November, 2013 - 14:00
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Short for “Exploratory Research on ICTs and Sexuality”, EROTICS is a two-phase project of the Association for Progressive Communications in Brazil, India, South Africa, Lebanon and the United States. This blog documents phase two of the project in India. (ICT is spelt TIC in EROTICS as per the Spanish term “tecnología de información y comunicación”.)

This is the first 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.

Snippets from Connect Your Rights, Mumbai

EROTICS India
EROTICS India on 20 November, 2013 - 23:47
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Point of View held “Connect Your Rights!”, an all-day meeting exploring the links between gender irights, sexual rightsi, and Interneti rights, on November 11, 2013 at Mumbai. It was the first meeting in the second phase of the EROTICSi India project. The first phase comprised of an exploratory research study on sexuality and ICTis in India.

Day 2: Sexual Right, Privacy and Technology - Common Concerns Moving Forward

FF
FF on 20 November, 2013 - 15:05
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At Rutgers University Newark Campus, November 8-9, 2013, organised by the Association for Progressive Communicationsi (APC) and The Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflicti Resolution and Human Rightsi (CGHR).

EROTICS project is moving forward and discussions on sexual rights, violence against women, censorship. privacy, pornography, freedoms and risks in the online world. are flowing all around. Two meetings took place lately, one was held in India, and the other one was held in the United States.

EROTICS project is moving forward and discussions on sexual rights, violence against women, censorship. privacy, pornography, freedoms and risks in the online world. are flowing all around. Two meetings took place lately, one was held in India, and the other one was held in the United States.

Day 1: Sexual Right, Privacy and Technology - Common Concerns Moving Forward

FF
FF on 20 November, 2013 - 15:00
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At Rutgers University Newark Campus, November 8-9, 2013, organised by the Association for Progressive Communicationsi (APC) and The Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflicti Resolution and Human Rightsi (CGHR).

Day 3: Sexual Right, Privacy and Technology - Common Concerns Moving Forward

FF
FF on 20 November, 2013 - 14:55
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At Rutgers University Newark Campus, November 8-9, 2013, organised by the Association for Progressive Communicationsi (APC) and The Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflicti Resolution and Human Rightsi (CGHR).

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