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Women's take on internet governance: A selection of tweets from IGF 2012

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This is a selection of the tweets circulated during the Internet Governance Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan, from November 6-9 2012. They were selected following the criteria of its relevance in reflecting the discussions around women’s role in internet governance processes, as well as women’s and internet rights during the IGF.

Representation

@internetrights
@APC_News 1630 participants from 128 countries attended #igf12 how many were women?

‏@FlaFlak
#genderit #igf12 Jac sm Kee from APC: support more leadership for women and girls in internet governance issues

@nighatdad
No woman speaker in opening ceremony of #IGF12 #FAIL #genderit #genderreportcard @apc_news @GenderICT

‏@GenderITorg
why are women only working in the back stage of politics& international conferences? http://ow.ly/f7yN5 #igf12 @APC_News

@YaraSallam
@intgovforum why all the speaker r old men? Where are women, young people & people with disability. Aren't they imp? #GenderIT #IGF12

@FlaFlak
Participation goes beyond representation & participation in decision-making goes beyond debates- status for women at #igf12? #genderit

Access

@jhybe
"Is access a human right?" #ws157 #IGF12

@nighatdad
Technically only 14% of women have ever used the internet. Only 25% of internet users are women. #genderit #igf12

‏@jen_ct
women & tech - still large gender gap in access to techn 4 women. e.g. in azerbaijan only 25% women connected #igf12 #genderit

‏@jhybe
vint cerf: internet access not human right. is electricity a human right? but if access already there then blocking is a rights prob #IGF12

‏@jhybe
participant: if access is a right, our collective right has been violated at #IGF12 - no access since day 1! #lol

@nighatdad
Alice Munyua from Kenya: Cyber crimes affecting women in several different ways, restricting their access to online spaces...

@jhybe
(male) participant: In male dominated society, nothing is going to change even if there is access to the internet #ws91 #IGF12 #genderit

‏@jhybe
Here we go! The argument of cultural relativism in internet access for women #genderit #IGF12

@nighatdad
Theresa: How we can get into infrastructure which allows more women in the area of information and communication technology #IGF12 #genderit

@jhybe: Antoaneta (Digi Connect): Investment in infrastructure needs to be accompanied by investment in skills of women #genderit #IGF12”

‏@nighatdad
Alice Munyua from Kenya: Cyber crimes affecting women in several different ways, restricting their access to online spaces #IGF12 #genderit

@valeriabet
Social and cultural norms are a barrier to empower women through internet access #IGF12 #AD

‏@valeriabet
Infrastructure, skill building and violence issues should be taken into account when dealing with how access can empower women #IGF12 #AD

‏@valeriabet
Looking at the issue of access from a rights perspective helps us to look at it holistically @jhybe at #IGF12 #AD

@valeriabet
How we can encourage women to play with technology? @jhybe at #IGF12 #AD

@valeriabet
Infrastructure is important but the social economic level is key to ensure access, particularly by women, said @jhybe at #IGF12 #AD

@jhybe
Grace (Kictanet): VAW and lack of gender parity in parliament are barriers to women's access to ICT. #genderit #IGF12

@jen_ct
jac sm kee: major barriers to access for women is violence against women online and increasing. #genderit #igf12

@jen_ct
4 women's empowerment in tech dont think poor or rich, rural/urban but diverse sexualities & abilities #igf12 #genderit

@valeriabet
Not to further maginalisation of women by approaching women access issues through a protectionist perspective. #IGF12 #AD

‏@GenderITorg
"is access to internet via mobile enough?" #ad #igf12 #genderit

@GenderITorg
chicken&egg problem: if there is no infrastructure there is no content, if there is no content what 2 have infrastructure for" #ad #igf12

@valeriabet
Violence against women online is a major barrier for women to make the most of internet access for improving their lives #IGF12 #AD

Women’s rights and the internet

@valeriabet
The internet is meant to be a force for freedom, a force for human rights, says @avri #IGF12

@jen_ct
jac SM kee: major barriers to access for women is violence against women online and increasing. #genderit #igf12

‏@GenderITorg
"Le's don't further marginalize women by protectionist approaches. give them technology so they can take control of it" #ad #igf12 #genderit

@froatosebe
sexual rights is very often silenced bloked and put down by a misunderstading of it nature and reasons by @jhybe #genderit #igf12

@jen_ct
because of vaw we need adequate redress but dont want that to translate into censorship has to be human rights approach #igf12 #genderit

@jhybe
"Trust should be our default and privacy. And also on security - trust that relegate censorship to place of bad memories." #IGF12

@avri
Another barrier to be crossed, bringing women's issues into the IGF. We have gotten human rights discussed, but not women's rights. #igf2012

‏@valeriabet
One of the paradoxes of the #IGF12: a Minister from the host country calls for code to control online speech.

‏@esmex
Grace Githaiga: tech-related violence & economics - are women opting out of internet and work because of #VAW? #genderit #takebackthetech

@internetrights
#igf12 Valentina Pelizzer calls for human rights as basic framework for trust, security and #FX in the IGF

‏@jhybe
"Anonymity is ability to perform action without being traced to person. Right to free speech without repercussion" <-- main session #IGF12

@nighatdad
Digital skills are important for women in order to get empowerment in digital spaces. #IGF12 #genderit

‏@jhybe
@nighatdad : What can we do as a community to protect the work of women's human rights defenders online? #IGF12 #genderit

‏@froatosebe
women rights are human rights & internet rights are human rights which means women need full internet rights #genderit #HR4IG #IG12

‏@FlaFlak
#genderit #igf12 Afganistan: issues women face offline are reflected online, says researcher on social media and women in Afganistan

Integration of gender issues

@GenderITorg
How long does it take to get women rights issues to main session at the IGF? SEVEN! #igf12 #genderit

@nighatdad
It's a hard fight to integrate gender issues in the power dynamics of spaces like IGF #IGF12 #genderit

‏@FlaFlak
#genderit #igf12 Jac sm Kee from APC: support more leadership for women and girls in internet governance issues

@jhybe
+1! Avri: IGF as a forum allows us to avoid dispersion into little specialist corners but come together to discuss on diff issues. #igf12...

@nighatdad
Don't protect me before I ask you to protect me- is that basic human right? #Google #DoNotTrackMe #IGF12

@esmex
why is #VAW never identified as hate speech or as inciting violence, & defended as freedom of expression? #genderit #takebackthetech #igf12

‏@froatosebe
sexual rights is very often silenced bloked and put down by a misunderstading of it nature and reasons by @jhybe #genderit #igf12

@dafnetemperley
women issues on the internet are seen as "soft" issues, so there're difficulties to implement prevention on VAW situations there #genderitES

‏@jhybe
T Swineheart (Verizon): We haven't reached a point where women and IG no longer needed to be talked abt. Eg #IGF4 opening only 2 women...

@nighatdad
Erika Mann: what are the opportunities for women in IG? #IGF12 @genderit @apc_news

Security, privacy, freedom of expression

‏@YaraSallam
What drives a lot of the decisions regarding fighting #cybercrimes is the fear of the unknown, we need to change that #IGF12

‏@jhybe
#Privacy should be protected from threats from public or private actors <-- hear hear! #genderit #IGF12

@YaraSallam
We cannot escape the obligations that we have as users to protect our privacy, there r plenty of free encryption & privacy tools #IGF12

@YaraSallam
When dealing with privacy violations, legal provisions should b preventative not punitive coz once the harm is online it cant b undone #IGF12

@YaraSallam
There are several aspects to #FreedomExpression other than privacy online that lacks focus...like tolerance concerning online content #IGF12

@GenderITorg
Participant in #w50: "why do people need to retain their anonymity in democratic country?" #igf12 #genderit

@jhybe
"Hate speech is problematic, but so is #censorship with good intentions - need to follow human rights stds when regulate #FoE " #IGF12

@yarasallam
There're shared values online like equality, right to free flow of information, freedom of expression #IGF12

@yarasallam
We need to protect #internet intermediaries, before we talk about security we need to talk about freedom #IGF12 #genderit

‏@jen_ct
internet critical space for lgbti activists to find info connection but govts regulate via broad censorhip of "pornography"#genderit #igf12

@FlaFlak
#genderit #igf12 participant: how to deal with "jokes" online about women without affecting freedom of expression?

@internetrights
#igf12: google on Pakistan #youtube situation: "we are dealing with the situation the only way we know how" but what about user rights?

‏@nighatdad
Is #Google ready to implement a Do Not Track function on its services. #IGF12 question from @froatosebe #privacy

@internetrights: #igf12 Participants in human rights workshop: how do i protect myself from Google or Facebook?” #privacy

@jhybe
"Right to be forgotten" discussed in CoE - Existing data protection laws if working fully should operationalise this right. #genderit #IGF12

‏@nighatdad
Sanja Kelly: it's good to see that issues like threats to online activists, privacy and openness has been hugely discussed in #IGF12

 

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