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Statement: “Miss Internet Bali” and women's participation at the Internet Governance Forum 2013

APC Women´s Rights Programme
APC Women´s Rights Programme on 23 October, 2013 - 13:26
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The Internet Governance Forum Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on how the internet is run. It was set up at the end of 2005 by the United Nations Secretary-General following a resolution made by governments at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

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Source: APC">iis a United Nations mandated space and as such, we expect and demand adherence to respectful and non-discriminatory standards of behavior. As participants of the Internet GovernanceSource: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">i Forum 2013 who are working to advance gender equality
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">i and the active participation of women in Interneti governance policyi dialogue and processes, we see this as a huge step back taken by organisers in this process.

Gender Report Card at the IGF in Bali: Take this on!

GenderIT.org on 21 October, 2013 - 13:54
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The IGF Gender Report Card is an initiative to measure the level of progress on the inclusion of gender equality and the promotion women’s empowerment in this important internet governance policy dialogue process. Are you at the IGF? Take this on! Invite others to take part in monitoring.

GenderIT.org at the eighth IGF: Support the women who support a free internet!

GenderIT.org on 16 October, 2013 - 20:28
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The eighth annual IGF will be held in Bali, Indonesia, from 22-25 October 2013. The theme for this year’s IGF is “Building Bridges – Enhancing Multi-stakeholderStyle information: APC uses multi-stakeholder with a hyphen between "multi" and "stakeholder".

Source: Frequently Asked Questions about Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in ICTs for Development: A guide for national ICT policy animators">i Cooperation for Growth and Sustainable Development.” GenderIT.orgSource: APC Annual Report 2006 ">i team will be working on-site and off-site to bring you all related to gender
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The coalition condemns systematic digital harassment of Latin America&Caribbean Women’s Health Network

Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition
Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition on 15 October, 2013 - 13:11
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The Women Human Rights DefendersWHRD IC, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders">i International Coalition (WHRD IC) condemns the aggressive and systematic digital harassment of the Latin America and Caribbean Women’s Health Network (LACWHN).

Freedom of expression: Where do we set the lines

Françoise Mukuku
Françoise Mukuku on 7 October, 2013 - 03:03
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Françoise is the national coordinator of a young feminist group called Si Jeunesse Savait. Françoise is based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and act as country partner of the APC's "End violence: Women's rights and safety online" project.

The second African Internet Governance Forum started in Nairobi, Kenya just a day after a terrorist attack was launched on this African country. The media reported 24 hours a day from the site of the attack; Twitter hashtags were created to make sure messages related to the crisis were passed on to the masses; and Facebook ready-to-use pictures of support to Kenya were circulated. It was actually a valuable experience for freedom expression defenders, as they were able to analyse how human beings exercised their rights in a time of shock and where the limit is set.

Freedom of expression, the role of intermediaries, and misogynist hate speech: Security in exchange for rights?

Erika Smith
Erika Smith on 30 September, 2013 - 20:15
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Erika Smith lives in Mexico and is responsible for implementing the national project "End violence: women's rights and safety online" as well as for accompanying the annual local and global campaign of Take Back the Tech! between the days of November 25th and December 10th.

The Latin American Regional Forum on Internet GovernanceSource: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">i was held in August, and brought together interneti experts from government"state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.

Source: Wikipedia">i, business, and civil society. As a feminist from Mexico who documents cases of technology-related violence against womenStyle Information: N/a Source: www.takebackthetech.net/whatstheissue ">i, the debates on freedom of expressioni were of particular interest. I took the opportunity to interview representatives of free speech and digital content from the freedom of speech organisation Article 19 - with different perspectives from Brazil and Mexico, as well as views of other experts on the subject.

Gender-based violence is hate speech, hate speech is not free speech

OneWorldSEE on 9 August, 2013 - 19:00
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OneWorldSEE is an APC member and partnering organisation in the "End violence: Women's rights and safety online" project.

From the EuroDIG 2013 (European Dialogue on Internet GovernanceSource: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">i) at the Council APC">iof Europe in Sarajevo on 21 June 2013, a platform for remote participation from Lisbon was organised by Foundation OneWorldSEE (owpsee) in cooperation with the Office of the Council of Europe. In attendance were stakeholders iinvolved in the issue of female and male participants in interneti governance (IG) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). This year's conference theme was "Cross-border hate speech and defamation - living together online."

Tweets for Women: Reflections on Challenging Misogyny Online

Nadine Moawad on behalf of the APC Women's Rights Programme
Nadine Moawad on behalf of the APC Women's Rights Programme on 8 August, 2013 - 19:07
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Nadine is a feminist blogger and activist based in Beirut, Lebanon and a founder of Nasawiya and is now the APC's EROTICS II project coordinator.

Digital feminist activists have been following closely a campaign to demand clearer and more effective Twitter policies on sexually violent tweets. A number of activists have consistently brought this issue forward following alarming attacks and threats, most recently with Caroline Criado-Perez whose successful campaign to get a woman’s face on British bank notes brought about a wave of violent tweets including rape threats. This seems like rather drastic a reaction. All this hate for having Jane Austen’s face on a ten pound note? Perhaps the issue is less about the topic at hand and more about the misogyny that we allow to prosper in online spheres and offline spheres alike.

Facebook, are you leaning in?

Ayesha Asghar
Ayesha Asghar on 7 August, 2013 - 16:10
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Ayesha is a community activist who blogs on sexual violence and racism.

I was at BlogiHer'13 this year, for those who don't know, BlogHer is one of the largest gathering of women bloggers in North America. Apart from being one of panelists for International Activists, I had the opportunity to meet a lot of keynote speakers in person, not limited to Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. The reason I decided to talk about Sheryl as she claims to be a "feminist" in addition to being a businesswoman. In her keynote at BlogHer'13, she said that she believed that it was indeed possible and that after writing her book, Lean IN, she has indeed changed the discourse of conversation of sexism.

Rape Threats: It’s A Free Speech Issue

Jem Bloomfield
Jem Bloomfield on 31 July, 2013 - 14:03
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Jem Bloomfield is an academic, playwright and critic. On a good day. Other days he’s just a guy with a corduroy jacket and a pile of books on the floor. His past research includes a doctorate on the production history of Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and his past plays include Bewick Gaudy, which won the Cameron Mackintosh Award for New Writing. (The flyers for that play make terrific coasters. Really, they do.) He also writes for California Literary Review, Strand Magazine and Mystery Scene. A couple of years ago he reached that defining epoch of his life where he can reply “Excuse me, young man, but it’s Dr. Jackass, if you don’t mind.”

Recently the media has been full of stories about women in the public eye being subjected to sexist abuse online. I’ve written in the past about the way women are singled out for vitriol which men simply do not have to face, and the tendency for the attacks to focus on their bodies rather than their ideas. Just this week, Caroline Criado-Perez has spoken out about the way she was the target of a spate of hateful messages in the aftermath of her campaign to convince the Bank of England to keep a woman amongst the national luminaries pictured on banknotes. Over the last year the academic Mary Beard, the critic Anita Sarkeezian and the journalist Helen Lewis have all faced appalling victimization simply for having opinions whilst being a woman. And these are simply the most famous cases, which I happen to know about because the mainstream media has picked up on them. (This blog post was originally written and published in Jem Bloomfield’s blog called quiteirregular on July 30th).

Tweetup on #OrangeDay and say NO to violence against women & girls in cyberspace

Say NO - UNiTE
Say NO - UNiTE on 26 July, 2013 - 17:03
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Violence against womenStyle Information: N/a Source: www.takebackthetech.net/whatstheissue ">i & girls is perpetrated in various ways online. At the same time, technology can offer critical tools to access services and to fight against VAW & girls. For #OrangeDay on 25 July, @SayNO_UNiTE hosted two tweetups on the topic with @takebackthetech, @circleof6app & @schemaly.

Controlling Indonesia’s internet

Dewi Nova Wahyuni (translation by Sebastian Partogi)
Dewi Nova Wahyuni (translation by Sebastian Partogi) on 26 July, 2013 - 14:25
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Dewi Nova Wahyuni is the author of Perempuan Kopi (Coffee Woman).

The utilization of interneti is linked closely with every aspect of citizen’s lives and their basic rights. The state"government" in this glossary). As a general rule, "state" should not be capitalised.

Source: Governance for sustainable human development: A UNDP policy document (Glossary of key terms) and Wikipedia">i should manage the internet – just like what it is supposed to do for water and earth - for its citizens’ diverse necessities. The state should not control the internet to cater to the interests of a few capital owners, dominant political forces or beliefs/ideology. A question arises: who has the right to control internet accessAPC Internet Rights Charter">i? Under what framework should we control the internet?

July 25th is #orangeday: Call to Action! Global Tweet-a-thon

NM for GenderIT.org
NM for GenderIT.org on 24 July, 2013 - 16:44
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Take Back the Tech, along with UN Women and other partners, are organizing this month's #OrangeDay, which takes place every month on the 25th to raise global awareness about GBV and the interneti. We're joining this day to highlight technology for women's rightsi, safety and security online, as well as some great articles on sexual rightsEroTICs- Literature Review ">i activism and internet regulationi. Join us, share your work, and take part in the #orangeday twitter conversation!

Of Porn, Morality and Censorship: A Perspective from India

Richa Kaul Padte
Richa Kaul Padte on 10 July, 2013 - 16:51
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Richa Kaul Padte is a writer and activist engaging with issues including gender, sexuality, disability, Internet rights, literature and popular culture. She lives in Bombay, dreams of London, and writes for The Sunday Guardian. Read her work on www.richakaulpadte.com or follow her @hirishitalkies.

Filed in April 2013, a legal petition that calls for a ban on pornographyi on account of its linkage to sexual violence in India has raised several eyebrows and debates within the country. This piece written by Richa Kaul Padte explores the context for this proposed legislation, the social and legal cultures in which it sits, and its implications for interneti censorshipi within India.

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