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Join us in a global conversation for a feminist internet #imagineafeministinternet

FF on 5 April, 2014 - 16:52
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Take part in the debate. Define and question what it takes to create a feminist interneti. Fifty people from all over the world are meeting about this issue next week and will incorporate your ideas into an evolving framework.

New Media and Girls’ Rights: Tying-in Technology and Empowerment

Shivani Gupta and Mansi Ma of Feminist Approach to Technology
Shivani Gupta and Mansi Ma of Feminist Approach to Technology on 4 April, 2014 - 13:05
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Does new media bring real change? Or it is that we are only enticed by its novelty factor? Does simply putting a technological tool in a woman’s hand lead to empowermenti?

Good women, girls and HIV: Morality over health at the Commission on the Status of Women

Melissa Ditmore
Melissa Ditmore on 3 April, 2014 - 21:36
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Melissa Hope Ditmore, PhD, is a consultant specializing in issues of gender, development, health and human rights, particularly as they relate to marginalized populations such as sex workers, migrants and people who use drugs. She has extensive experience working on projects in the United States and in Asia and Africa.

Every March, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meets at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. This year’s theme was the Millennium Development Goals, because a new development framework is being worked out beyond 2015. In addition to the events about technology, this year’s Commission on the Status of Women negotiated a resolution on HIV. Negotiating the resolution on Women, the girl child and HIV/AIDS was difficult and went late into the night.

Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality and the Internet

We invite you to join our Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality, & the Interneti to explore and develop our collective understanding of what a feminist internet looks like. The meeting will be held in Malaysia between April 12 and 17 and brings together scholars, activists, and policyi specialists from local, regional, and international organizations and networks.

APC launches collaborative initiative to protect, promote and defend sexual rights online

Shawna Finnegan
Shawna Finnegan on 3 April, 2014 - 20:55
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From April 12th - 17th, APC's Women's Rightsi and Communications Information Policyi programmes will bring together activists working in the sexual rightsi movement and internet rights imovement to a global dialogue on Gender, Sexuality and the Interneti in Port Dickson, Malaysia.

Hooked on: Sex work and mobile phones

Rohini Lakshané
Rohini Lakshané on 3 April, 2014 - 12:19
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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. Contact: rohini at pointofview dot org/ @aldebaran14

Street-based sex workers manage all business over the phone. Clients arrange their visits after confirming the sex workers’ availability via mobile phones. Sex workers communicate easily with outstation clients and their maalaks (literally meaning “masters”, often regular customers who have graduated into lovers), without the fear of prying eyes. Being constantly connected also helps build client relations, so to speak. “When I go out of town, my clients call and ask, ‘How long will you stay there? Come back’,” beamed Bharati Kamble. They share their joys and sorrows with their lovers over the phone; the conversation isn’t always about sex.

LAC countries submit position letter on CSW58 agreed conclusions

FF on 19 March, 2014 - 21:46
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The position of Latin American and Caribbean countries on the CSW58 agreed conclusions emphasises the inseparable link that exists between human rightsi and development. The signing organisations, which include APC, also express concern over the non-incorporation of the human rights of women in the agreed conclusions and the elimination of references to sexual and reproductive rights.

Decoding India’s Proposed Online Porn Ban – II

Rohini Lakshané
Rohini Lakshané on 17 March, 2014 - 15:57
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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 third in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Tangled, Like Wool” meeting held in New Delhi in January 2014.

APC launches website on sex, rights and the internet

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 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.

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