Gender and Internet Governance eXchange in Asia

To start off our series of gigX, APC in collaboration with the Foundation for Media Alternatives, held a 2-day event on the 29 and 30 June 2015 where advocates from the region came together to exchange knowledge on the intersections of women’s rights and internet governance.

Rainbows, Minds and #DontMancriminate

DJ's choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.org, exploring the depths of the web to provide you once a week with a top 5 of creative, interesting and informative pieces and resources on gender and ICTs. Delight yourself with this selection of “sparks”: Good readings, interesting links, videos, pictures, cool authors to point to, amazing tools, and much more. Send us interesting material to genderit at apcwomen.org or tweet us your links using #genderit.

_DJ’s choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.org, exploring the depths of the web to provide you once a week with a top 5 of creative, interesting and informative pieces and resources on gender and ICTs. Delight yourself with this selection of “sparks”: Good readings, interesting links, videos, pictures, cool authors to point to, amazing tools, and much more.

Facebook real name policy: the frustration!

Facebook has constantly been in the spotlight for its questionable community standards. Recently, users are required to provide the name they use in real life; the reasoning for this is that, that way, you always know who you're connecting with and apparently this helps keep the online community safe.

Facebook is a community where people use their authentic identities. Authentic defined by Facebook standards, of course. Users are required to provide the name they use in real life; the reasoning for this is that, that way, you always know who you’re connecting with and apparently this helps keep the online community safe. Now the name I use in “real life” and what most people call me by may not be my given name, rather a pseudonym and according to the social network this can’t possibly be what I use in real life.

Talking about snowflakes on the iceberg

It is late spring of 2015 and we are sitting in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, talking about a grave violation of women's human rights: violence against women (VAW). It has been a long time since I have been invited to speak about technology-based VAW to a group which is primarily working in the area of women's rights and VAW, but engages little if at all with internet rights. It is a mixture of politicians, police officers, government representatives, advocates, support organisations and academics.

It is late spring of 2015 and we are sitting in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, talking about a grave violation of women’s human rights: violence against women. It has been a long time since I have been invited to speak about technology-based VAW to a group which primarily work in the area of women’s rights and VAW, but engages little, if at all, with internet rights.

Gender identities, consent signals and Mx

DJ's choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.org, exploring the depths of the web to provide you once a week with a top 5 of creative, interesting and informative pieces and resources on gender and ICTs. Delight yourself with this selection of “sparks”: Good readings, interesting links, videos, pictures, cool authors to point to, amazing tools, and much more. Send us interesting material to genderit at apcwomen.org or tweet us your links using #genderit.

_DJ’s choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.org, exploring the depths of the web to provide you once a week with a top 5 of creative, interesting and informative pieces and resources on gender and ICTs. Delight yourself with this selection of “sparks”: Good readings, interesting links, videos, pictures, cool authors to point to, amazing tools, and much more.

Why I decided to study feminist activism on social media

"As part of my research, I found it important to not just study and document such instances of misogynistic violence in online spaces but also instances of activism, of resistance, of solidarity," states Sujatha Subramanian in this great article that tracks back the path she walked to write "From the streets to the web: Looking at feminist activism on social media".

Late one evening, as I was about to log out of my Facebook account, I happened upon this poster on The Ladies Finger Facebook page. I chuckled, while also marveling at the brilliance of the satire contained in the images.

Technology-related VAW addressed by report of Special Rapporteur on violence against women

The report produced by the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences contains the findings following her visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from March to April 2014. The report flags technology-related violence as one of the ways in which VAW manifests, pointing specially to online harmful behaviours such as humiliation, harassment, intimidation and “sexting”.

The report produced by the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences from May 2015 contains the findings following her visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 31 March to 15 April 2014.

It examines the situation of violence against women in the country taking into account its causes and consequences and its implications for the effective exercise and enjoyment of all human rights by women.

Mobile apps, games and the White web

DJ's choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.org, exploring the depths of the web to provide you once a week with a top 5 of creative, interesting and informative pieces and resources on gender and ICTs. Delight yourself with this selection of “sparks”: Good readings, interesting links, videos, pictures, cool authors to point to, amazing tools, and much more. Send us interesting material to genderit at apcwomen.org or tweet us your links using #genderit.

_DJ’s choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.org, exploring the depths of the web to provide you once a week with a top 5 of creative, interesting and informative pieces and resources on gender and ICTs. Delight yourself with this selection of “sparks”: Good readings, interesting links, videos, pictures, cool authors to point to, amazing tools, and much more.

Access to LGBTI related websites was blocked one by one?

The Turkish Telecommunications Directorate (TIB) blocked access to 5 LGBTI websites. While Işık Mater from Alternative Informatics Association (Alternatif Bilişim Derneği) defined LGBTI related websites block as the censorship, according to Kaos GL Association’s Lawyer Hayriye Kara it meant the violation of constitutional rights.

The Turkish Telecommunications Directorate (TIB) blocked access to 5 LGBTI websites. While Işık Mater from Alternative Informatics Association (Alternatif Bilişim Derneği) defined LGBTI related websites block as the censorship, according to Kaos GL Association’s Lawyer Hayriye Kara it meant the violation of constitutional rights.

On the one hand, the ban on gay dating app Grindr in Turkey was taken to the Constitutional Court by Kaos GL Association.

A conversation with the team of women behind the “dragon animal spirit” website

GenderIT.org has a vibrant new face, and the people responsible for this renovated look and feel are the women who make up our website development team: visual designer Ezrena Marwan, and developers Liz Probert, Sam Marx and Sarah Escandor Tomas. All of them are women's rights activists deeply committed to developing technology to meet women’s needs. Learn more about them through this conversation with the GenderIT.org editorial team.

GenderIT.org has a vibrant new face, and the people responsible for this renovated look and feel are the women who make up our website development team: visual designer Ezrena Marwan (Malaysia), and developers Liz Probert (England), Sam Marx (South Africa) and Sarah Escandor Tomas (Philippines). All of them are women’s rights activists deeply committed to developing technology to meet women’s needs.

Twitter lessons learned: WAM!'s report reveals findings that support and enhance APC's research

In late 2014 the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) began publishing findings from our seven-country End Violence research project, which included an analysis of Twitter's reporting procedures. Case studies that involved abuse on Twitter and steps the company could take to improve the safety of their platform. Around the same time, the US organisation Women, Action and the Media (WAM!) became an authorised reporter on Twitter, which meant they could receive harassment reports directly from users and escalate them with Twitter staff.

In late 2014 the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) began publishing findings from our seven-country ‘From impunity to justice: Exploring corporate and legal remedies for technology-related violence against women’ research project, which included an analysis of Twitter’s reporting procedures. Case studies that involved abuse on Twitter and steps the company could take to improve the safety of their platform.

Yoga, Instagram and a memorable yearbook quote

DJ's choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.org, exploring the depths of the web to provide you once a week with a top 5 of creative, interesting and informative pieces and resources on gender and ICTs. Delight yourself with this selection of “sparks”: Good readings, interesting links, videos, pictures, cool authors to point to, amazing tools, and much more. Send us interesting material to genderit at apcwomen.org or tweet us your links using #genderit.

_DJ’s choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.org, exploring the depths of the web to provide you once a week with a top 5 of creative, interesting and informative pieces and resources on gender and ICTs. Delight yourself with this selection of “sparks”: Good readings, interesting links, videos, pictures, cool authors to point to, amazing tools, and much more.

Defending the Defenders: Short review of Nobel Women’s Initiative Conference

Women’s human rights defenders use technology to document, communicate, generate changes, but at the same time technology is used to bully and abuse themselves, the Defenders. Army of trolls flood personal profiles of defenders on social media profiles with threats, offenses and aggressive counter campaigns. Government agencies, narco-mafia and religious extremists spy defenders, hunt them and – execute them.

A weekend in the Hague, in the average Balkans person mind is about crimes against humanity and International tribunal. However, this time it was about women’s human rights defenders and I had the privilege to attend and contribute by providing a workshop with Daysi Flores from Jass on Digital Security.

Women’s human rights defenders use technology to document, communicate, generate changes, but at the same time technology is used to bully and abuse themselves, the Defenders.

Porn. Panic. Ban.

In India, both the legislature and the judiciary are considering bans on the consumption of online porn; one petition argues that porn increases violence against women without offering any evidence to that effect, another focuses on the “moral depravity and corruption” caused by porn. Do we seriously imagine that violence against women in India will go down by banning online porn? Talk about imagined harms again. And in Indonesia, LGBTIQ sites from the educational to the explicit are being banned in the name of porn, adversely affecting sexual expression and rights – and access to information vital to sexual health.

I’m convinced we’re having the wrong conversation around digital porn.

Late last year, the British government banned a bunch of sex acts online, including female ejaculation. Yes, female ejaculation. Talk about the imagined harms (1) of porn.

Why feminism matters to the internet?

Feminism is a political statement, and more importantly political practice, way of thinking, understanding and public articulation of practically every issue of life. Feminism as such would be able to manage, animate and even more importantly took part in the defining and coding of virtual space.

Feminism is a political statement, and more importantly political practice, way of thinking, understanding and public articulation of practically every issue of life.

If I try to translate this virtually, in internet language so to say, I can state that feminism should be the basic, non-exclusive, element of the code that constitutes every possible algorithm. The human mind-intelligence is embodied in the real world. If the real world is sexist, it is very likely that most of the technology that develops will have the virus of sexism in its core as well.

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