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DJ's CHOICE OF THE WEEK: Wall thumping, big data facts, and the hardships of moderating trolls

Alexandra Groome
Alexandra Groome on 1 October, 2014 - 14:07
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Based in Montreal, Canada, Alex is Executive Assistant at the Association for Progressive Communications and sells lettuce, herbs, and microgreens for a company called Urban Barns Foods in her spare time. She graduated with a BAH in Environmental Studies and Geography at Queen's University in 2012.

DJ's choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.orgi, 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 ICTsi. 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.

Celebrating women in ICT at APNIC 38

Bhadrika Magan
Bhadrika Magan on 24 September, 2014 - 15:03
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Since APNIC 32, APNIC Conferences have been showcasing some of the inspirational women we have in our technical community through the Women in ICT event. It’s important to APNIC to encourage more women to build a career in ICT, which has traditionally been a male-dominated industry.

World Pulse brings the power of its international network to IGF to advance women’s digital inclusion worlwide

ClaudiaJohnsonPR for The Oregonian
ClaudiaJohnsonPR for The Oregonian on 24 September, 2014 - 14:46
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When the ninth annual Internet Governance Forum i(IGF) commenced in Istanbul, Turkey, Portland-based World Pulse, a network of tens of thousands of women and allies in more than 190 countries, has an opportunity to accelerate digital inclusion for women worldwide.

(Re)govern and (Re)imagine a feminist internet: Sex, rights and internet governance at the IGF 2014

Caroline Tagny
Caroline Tagny on 23 September, 2014 - 13:01
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Caroline Tagny is a project assistant in for the Women's Rights Programme with the Association for Progressive Communications. Holding a degree in graphic design, Caroline has always been interested in communication issues that go beyond layout. She has been able to participate in the establishment of many ICT projects, including many community-oriented websites. She currently lives in South Africa and works on issues related to sexuality, women's rights and feminist digital activism.

This year has seen major debates and developments in the interneti sphere. The Snowden revelations have brought to the attention of the public problematic issues regarding surveillancei and privacyi online. In addition, the presence of the IGF this year in Turkey also directed the attention of internet stakeholders ito the internet censorshipi practice in this country and in other nations.

DJ's CHOICE OF THE WEEK: When no gender fits and the evolution of street harrassment

Tarryn Booysen
Tarryn Booysen on 23 September, 2014 - 07:45
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Tarryn is a South African BA graduate with majors in Psychology and Sociology. She currently works on the End Violence: Women’s rights and safety online project as the administrative assistant. Tarryn is also responsible for the weekly section of GenderIT, DJ’s Choice.

DJ's choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.orgi, 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 ICTsi. 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 OF THE WEEK: Female condoms, pseudonyms, and women's progress

Mariam Zaidi
Mariam Zaidi on 19 September, 2014 - 03:32
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Mariam is an American postgraduate student with a major in English and biology. She works as an intern for GenderIT.org and is a contributor for the DJ's Choice.

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.

Statement from members of the WHRD IC to the Human Rights Council on its 27th Session

WHRD IC
WHRD IC on 17 September, 2014 - 18:05
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ISHR makes this stateiment on behalf of members of the Women Human Rightsi Defender International Coalition, an international network of women’s rights, human rights and sexual rightsi organizations. We address this simple fact: in the global North and South alike, women human rights defendersi are targeted for murder, kidnapping, torture, rape, and harassment because of who we are and because of the work we do. As the Council istrengthens its work on women generally, we note the critical need to integrate analysis and reporting on women human rights defenders who demand protection, respect and fulfillment of all human rights.

Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition alarmed at reports of violence against Leyla Yunus in prison

WHRD IC
WHRD IC on 17 September, 2014 - 17:46
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The Women Human Rights Defender International Coalition is a resource and advocacy network supporting women defenders worldwide.

The Women Human Rights Defendersi International Coalition is alarmed at reports of violence against Leyla Yunus in prison.

Never mind the nipples: Sex, gender and social media

Bishakha Datta
Bishakha Datta on 16 September, 2014 - 13:26
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Bishakha Datta writes and films non-fiction, works on gender and sexuality, runs Point of View in Mumbai, is part of the wikipedia family and serves on several non-profit boards. She tweets @busydot and sometimes blogs at dizzybot. In all her avatars, Bishakha explores marginal, invisible, silenced points of view - or those considered illegitimate. Current interest: digital intersections with gender and sexuality.

This article is based on the speech given by Bishakha Datta at the Disco-Tech event organised by APC that took place at the 2014 Internet Governance Forum iin Turkey.

Hands off my internet! Abortion stigmas - accessing and controlling information on reproductive rights

Bianca Baldo
Bianca Baldo on 15 September, 2014 - 20:11
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Bianca Baldo has over eight years of coordination experience in women human rights and anti human-trafficking advocacy, program management, gender protection and capacity-building training in Ecuador, Vietnam, Cambodia, Jamaica and Canada. She has completed a Bachelors of Arts in Comparative Development from Trent University, a Civil Law degree from University of Ottawa and Masters in Law from McGill University. She is presently working as a consultant with Roos-Remillard Consulting Services, in partnership with the Ottawa Coalition against human trafficking, on program design, funding proposals and training modules against human trafficking.

The interneti provides a vital space for women and girls to access information about sexual and reproductive health and services, including information about abortion. Yet both governmentis and corporations censor that information – but you can be part of the conversation that helps break down the boundaries to this important health information.

How crucial is anonymity for sexual exploration and promoting sexual rights activism

Shaikh Rafia
Shaikh Rafia on 15 September, 2014 - 12:20
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Rafia is a tech journalist currently working as a research and communications associate at Digital Rights Foundation focusing on women rights, internet governance, and digital security. She spends her weekends translating and romanizing languages.

While the debate around anonymity rarely gets seen from a feminist angle, women go through this feeling of being watched online and offline every day of their lives. It happens so often and so persistently that it has increasingly become synonymous to the experience of being a woman. It is no wonder then that the Feminists Principles of the Interneti vocally advocate that “It is our inalienable right to choose, express, and experiment with our diverse sexualities on the internet. Anonymity enables this.” With the right to anonymity and a relevant right to be forgotten comes the tragic part of security and harassment under the wrap of anonymity. This complexity of creating an anonymous digital world while not enabling the harassers, hackeris, or blackmailers is what makes the debate around anonymity important for internet governancei. And this was part of the debate that took place during the panel titled "Anonymity by design: Protecting while connecting" at the Internet Governance Forum iin Turkey.

International Women's Media Foundation website hacked

IWMF
IWMF on 15 September, 2014 - 11:49
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The website of the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) suffered a complex brute-force attack last Friday, Sept 5. The website that features the work of the IWMF and promotes the empowermenti of women journalists worldwide, was defaced and most of its original content destroyed.

#WhatAreYouDoingAboutVAW campaign: Social media accountability

Sara Baker
Sara Baker on 12 September, 2014 - 16:41
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Sara is based in the United States and is the coordinator of the Take Back the Tech! campaign.

On 21 July, Take Back the Tech!i began a campaign demanding to know what Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are doing about violence against womeni on their sites. Our primary goal is to get them to take a clear stand on violence against women in their terms of service and engage with diverse civil society to find solutions for safer platforms

Why do the Feminist Principles of the Internet matter?

Dhyta Caturani
Dhyta Caturani on 12 September, 2014 - 16:40
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Dhyta Caturani is a long-time human rights and women's rights activist in Indonesia. She currently works as a project coordinator at EngageMedia, a non profit organization that uses the power of technology to create social and environmental change in SEA.

The interneti is believed to be an open space for everyone to express themselves freely. So why do we need a set of principles to "govern" us?

IGF 2014: From Istanbul with love or “honey trap”?

Looking for love online can be exhilirating and fun. But for LGBTIiQ relationships, there is a need for safe, unpoliced spaces to allow for personal and political growth. Kamel Manaf explores how sex and interneti activism link and overlap.

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