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Sex, lies and the perils of Facebook dating

Rohini Lakshané
Rohini Lakshané on 23 April, 2014 - 06:32
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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.

They met on Facebook. She was a married homemaker in her forties, who lied to him that she was 21 and single. He was all of 22. She was probably looking for the diversion and excitement of being with a younger man, he for a partner his age. When he discovered the truth after meeting her in person last week, three years into the relationship, he shot her and himself to death. A typical story that took a sad turn, it is one of many online relationships that end in guilt, disappointment, shock, betrayal, or harassment because these relationships are often a safe haven, an escape from offline frustrations, or a way to access a socially forbidden fruit, and their practitioners do not consider the need to be digitally safe.

#imagineafeministinternet: "No topic was off limit," says Nana Darkoa

Nana Darkoa
Nana Darkoa on 22 April, 2014 - 08:21
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Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah writes for the blog "Adventures from the bedrooms of African women" alongside her team mate Malaka and various guest contributors. Posts on the blog are generally based on the personal experiences of contributors, as well as random sources of inspiration including interesting articles, conversations with friends, books we have read, good sex, bad sex, bad kissers…

I want to share with you some of the highlights of the meeting. The nutshell version is that it was an extremely useful meeting, relevant to my day job (as a Communications Specialist) and absolutely relevant to what we do on this blogi. Part of what the made the meeting amazing was that I got to meet many feminists, queeri activists and techies from all over the world in particular from the Global South. That alone was amazing.

Time to come out!: Pioneering women in history of technology

FF and CT
FF and CT on 15 April, 2014 - 09:17
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Check out these videos of Jac sm Kee introducing these women's stories and contributions to technology during the Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality and Technology in April 2014.

What does it take to create a feminist internet?

FF on 14 April, 2014 - 05:05
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Is a feminist interneti possible? How has the internet shifted the way we understand power, politics, activism and agency? These are the insights of many activists under the call to #imagineafeministinternet.

Sexuality, feminism, activism and the internet we dream of

FF on 14 April, 2014 - 04:46
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"Which is the interneti we dreamed of?" was the main question raised during the first day of the "Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality and the Internet":https://www.apc.org/en/events/global-meeting-gender-sexuality-internet which is taking place in Port Dickson, Malaysia, until April 17th, to explore and develop the collective understanding of what a feminist internet looks like. What did we expect from the internet 10, 15 or 20 years ago? What did we hope the internet would do for feminismi and social activism? What were the milestones during this time? How did it affect women's movements? And how do we live our lives on the internet today as activists?

Panel on “Power, Politics and Agency” to #imagineafeministinternet

FF and CT
FF and CT on 14 April, 2014 - 03:01
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During the first day of the Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality and the Interneti which ocurred in Port Dickson, Malaysia, to explore the collective understanding of what a feminist internet looks like, a panel on “Power, politics and agency” took place with the participation of Chat Garcia Ramilo from the Philippines, Joy Liddicoat from New Zealand, Horacio Sívori from Brazil, Valentina Pellizer from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bishakha Datta from India, and Sheena Magenya from Kenya.

Sex and the internet: Intersectionality in internet rights

Shawna Finnegan
Shawna Finnegan on 13 April, 2014 - 13:23
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Why are internet rights iimportant to sexual rightsi activists and why are sexual rights important to interneti rights activists? These two questions formed the basis for discussion at a preparatory meeting for a global dialogue on gender, sexuality and the internet taking place in Malaysia.

Namita Aavriti: Through a freedom of speech and privacy laws lens

EROTICS India on 6 April, 2014 - 15:56
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Namita Aavriti of the Alternative Law Forum speaking on the petition filed in the Supreme Court seeking a ban on online pornographyi from the prism of freedom of speech and privacyi laws. She was speaking at the "Tangled, Like Wool" meeting held in New Delhi on January 28, 2014 as a part of the EROTICSi India project.

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.

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