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Horacio Sívori and Bruno Zilli
Horacio Sívori and Bruno Zilli on 13 July, 2013
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Horacio Sívori (PhD) and Bruno Zilli (PhD) are researchers at the Latin American Center on Sexuality and Human Rights, State University of Rio de Janeiro. Horacio is an Argentine anthropologist currently living in Brazil. His research, writing and teaching explores gender and sexual politics, and sexual rights activism in Latin America. Bruno is a young anthropologist from Rio de Janeiro.

Has the interneti become an indispensable tool for feminist and LGBTiQI advocacyi? How savvy are sexual rightsi activists in handling the legal and technical issues that come along when they use the internet? How do they negotiate online threats and restrictions? Activists from around the world addressed these and other questions through a global online survey on sexual rights work and the internet.

Of Porn, Morality and Censorship: A Perspective from India

Richa Kaul Padte
Richa Kaul Padte on 10 July, 2013 - 16:51
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Richa Kaul Padte is a writer and activist engaging with issues including gender, sexuality, disability, Internet rights, literature and popular culture. She lives in Bombay, dreams of London, and writes for The Sunday Guardian. Read her work on www.richakaulpadte.com or follow her @hirishitalkies.

Filed in April 2013, a legal petition that calls for a ban on pornographyi on account of its linkage to sexual violence in India has raised several eyebrows and debates within the country. This piece written by Richa Kaul Padte explores the context for this proposed legislation, the social and legal cultures in which it sits, and its implications for interneti censorshipi within India.

A is for Agency

Nadine Moawad
Nadine Moawad on 10 July, 2013 - 16:12 on 10 July, 2013 - 16:12
Nadine is a feminist blogger and activist based in Beirut, Lebanon and a founder of Nasawiya and is now the EROTICS phase II project coordinator. Between 2009 and 2011, Nadine led the EROTICS research team in Lebanon in looking at the intersections of cyberspace and the queer movement. She conducts trainings and facilitates discussion groups on gender & sexuality, and is also active on women's rights, migrant rights, and political change. She tweets at @nmoawad.

It’s been a great month for cyber-feminism. The #FBrape campaign succeeded in changing the social network giant’s policies on violence against women in record time. The global alarm over the NSA surveillance scandal created mass awareness over privacy and access to personal data. And Instagram launched hipster filters for videos.

It’s been a great month for cyber-feminismi. The #FBrape campaign succeeded in changing the social network giant’s policies on violence against womeni in record time. The global alarm over the NSA surveillancei scanidal created mass awareness over privacyi and access to personal data. And Instagram launched hipster filters for videos. Perhaps not as breakthrough, but definitely encouraging of more targeted filming and documentation. In its first phase, EROTICSi generated a unique body of knowledge about the negotiations and navigations of interneti regulationi around sexuality content in five different countries. The case studies looked at usage, access, activism, identity and other fascinating components that highlight our relationship with cyberspacei as sexual rightsi activists. As we move into the next phase, EROTICS II, the team is hoping to build on the learning to advance global mechanisms of support that amplify that work that different groups and networks are taking on locally.

Tangled, like wool - Sex, sexuality and the internet in India

Bishakha Datta
Bishakha Datta on 9 July, 2013
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Bishakha writes non-fiction, makes documentary films and runs Point of View, a non-profit that amplifies the voices of those silenced due to their gender or sexuality.

A recent survey of sexual rightsi activists in India shows that most consider the interneti an integral part of their activism. Tangled, Like Wool explores several intertwined questions arising from this: What does the internet bring to sexual rights activism? Do the online and the offline complement each other in this kind of activism? How does keeping the internet free and open strengthen sexuality rights? And why do these seemingly disparate domains - 'sexual rights' and 'internet rights' - need to come closer together?

Indonesia: Put sex on the internet!

Kamilia Manaf and Ni Loh Gusti Madewanti
Kamilia Manaf and Ni Loh Gusti Madewanti on 9 July, 2013
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Kamilia Manaf holds a bachelor of Public Relations and is one of the founders of Institut Pelangi Perempuan (Indonesian Young Queer Women's Organization). She is a radio journalist at the Women's Journal Foundation and author of a book “Kami Tidak Bisu” (We Are Not Silent). Coordinator of EROTICS Indonesia (Network and Advocacy on Internet Rights and Sexuality) from 2012 until present. Happily dreaming and doing a social entrepreneurship program for queer women tourists in Indonesia. Ni Loh Gusti Madewanti, a multicultural women from Bali, Manado and Java, was born in Magelang, Central Java. She completed her masters at the University of Indonesia, majoring in Anthropology. Currently she is involved in EROTICS Indonesia, exploratory research related to virtual space and sexuality.

This article by Kamilia Manaf and Ni Loh Gusti Madewanti describes how the discourse on sexuality in Indonesia is becoming more political and part of the public sphere due to the impact of the reformations begun in 1998. However, while the interneti has provided a space for the advancement of sexual rightsi in Indonesia, discrimination and violence against LGBTi groups and women in Indonesia that has happened in physical spaces has penetrated into spaces online. Online harassment, cyber bullying and hate speech violate one’s sense of security. Homophobic behavior on the internet (cyber-homophobia) is now more common and continues to increase.

Sexuality and the internet: a five country perspective

Richa Kaul Padte
Richa Kaul Padte on 1 April, 2013 - 15:35
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This blogi post is the final one in a series of ten blogi posts to report on the EROTICSi India workshop, recently concluded in Delhi. All the blog posts in this series are written by Richa Kaul Padte, the official rapporteur at the meeting.

Gendered abuse online

Richa Kaul Padte
Richa Kaul Padte on 22 March, 2013 - 12:30
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So you’ve got proper online security, strong passwords, and great software all good to go. But are there other kinds of threats you may face online? What about abuse, verbal violence and harassment that no firewall or plug-in can prevent?

Wearing a digital condom: Staying safe online

Richa Kaul Padte
Richa Kaul Padte on 21 March, 2013 - 13:13
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Do you know how to use your web browseri in a secure manner? What is the benefit of adding that "s" after http? Are you aware of the security features on the emaili you use? What sensitive data do you keep about you or your community, and what would people have access to if your computer, laptop or mobile phone was stolen? This article provides a list of resources and solutions to help you and your community to stay safe online.

Passwords: Your first line of defence

Richa Kaul Padte
Richa Kaul Padte on 20 March, 2013 - 12:48
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A password is your first line of defence – for your computer, emaili, and information. So firstly, make sure your computer is password protected (under the ‘admin’ account option), so your prying brother doesn’t get his hands on that flyer for the new weekly queeri event. Or those letters from your lover. And if you really want to keep your information safe, you don’t just need a password, but you need a really good one.

Security risks online: How much information do you give away?

Richa Kaul Padte
Richa Kaul Padte on 19 March, 2013 - 12:23
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Imagine the life of an Indian gender or sexuality rights activist. What work do they do? Who do they interact with? What threats do they face? Here are some snapshots (created by participants).

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