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Human rights must be encoded into the fabric of internet governance dialogues

Valentina Pellizzer
Valentina Pellizzer on 14 November, 2012 - 12:27
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Valentina is from Bosnia-Herzegovina, is member of OneWorld Platform for Southeast Europe Foundation (OWPSEE) and also a member of APC's board of directors.

This is the transcription of Valentina Pellizzer 's speech at the closing ceremony of the 7th Internet Governance Forum i(IGF), which took place in Baku, Azerbaijan from 6th to 9th November, 2012.

The Uprising of Women in the Arab World censored by Facebook

Yara Sallam
Yara Sallam on 13 November, 2012 - 16:57
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On 10 November, the page of The Uprising of Women in the Arab World posted that Dana, the Syrian woman whose photo was censored by Facebook, was restored after a call for support against Facebook censorshipi of her photo.

IGF 2012 - Access and Diversity Main Session

This is the transcript of the Access and Diversity Main Session that took place on November 8 2012 at the Internet Governance Forum iin Baku, Azerbaijan. It was the first time in the entire history of the IGF that women and gender iissues were addressed in a main session, with the presence of Jac sm Kee from APC Women´s Rights Programme.

Interview with Arzu Geybullayeva on the internet rights of women in Azerbaijan

Nighat Dad
Nighat Dad on 9 November, 2012 - 08:23
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Nighat Dad is an Executive Director of Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan and also a member of APC WNSP.

Nighat Dad from Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan speaks to Arzu Geybullayeva, a regional analyst and a blogger from Azerbaijan. Arzu’s areas of interest are regional politics, conflict resolution, and new social media. In their “feminist talk” Nighat asks Arzu about her impressions of the 7th Internet Governance Forum, that took place in Baku, and key internet rights issues faced by women in Azerbaijan.

Again, representation not reflecting participation

Attending the IGF for the first time came with no expectations, however it is difficult to ignore the usual disparity that I face everyday in Egypt, and in many other countries when I travel. No one can say that the number of women participating in the IGF 2012 is low, in fact women are very much present representing the different stakeholders; governmentis, private companies, and civil society representatives. So if the opening session of IGF had only two women speakers – which one of them was representing another man?

Multistakeholderism and Enhanced Cooperation: What's it all about?

Jac sm Kee
Jac sm Kee on 7 November, 2012 - 15:29
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Jac is the focal point for APC WNSP's work on women's rights. She coordinates the EROTICS research (Exploratory Research on Sexuality and the Internet) and APC's Take Back the Tech! campaign.

Multistakeholder participation and enhanced cooperation seems to be one of the major issue in this year's Internet Governance Forum i(IGF). With World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) around the corner and the anxious buzz of whether this is a bid by governmentis to have more control over the interneti through the International Telecommunication Regulationis (ITRs) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the proposals for new governing bodies like CIRP and the discussions on “enhanced cooperation” by the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) in May earlier this year – maybe not surprising.

Be a gender reporter at the IGF!

GenderIT.org on 5 November, 2012 - 12:02
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New mobile app for sexuality research pulled back over privacy concerns

Melissa Ditmore
Melissa Ditmore on 23 October, 2012 - 09:28
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Melissa Ditmore is researcher based in New York. She engage with issues of gender, development, health and human rights, particularly as they relate to marginalized populations such as sex workers.

Melissa Ditmore reflects on release and subsequent pulling back of new application designed to collect data on sexual activity by Kinsey Institute in the USA. She outlines privacyi concerns raised and how these holes can jeopardize users data. She also makes a make a case how this app once privacy gaps are fixed can assist to document unwanted and often under-reported sexual experiences, such as rape or sexual harassment.

Attack on Pakistani youth activist will not shake women's rights activists

Nighat Dad
Nighat Dad on 10 October, 2012 - 19:09
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An exceedingly sad, insensate and astounded feeling comes to mind while writing this piece about an innocent 14 year-old activist Malala Yousafzai shot in Swat, Pakistan earlier today. This young girl who exemplifies active participation in the Take Back the Tech!i campaign in Pakistan.

DELETE, UNDO, RETRIEVE: Statement on the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012

Women's Legal Bureau
Women's Legal Bureau on 10 October, 2012 - 13:57
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The Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau (WLB) is a feminist legal non-government organization from Philippines composed of women’s rights activists and advocates.

The stateiment developed by the Women's Legal Bureau (WLB) in response to the Cybercrimei Bill. WLB highlights the specific women's rightsi concerns in relation to the bill, in particular warn that the law can be used to further perpetuate violence against womeni. They are still in the process of gathering support and you are invited to sign on to show your support to the cause.

A little red dot on a map points to a significant debate

GenderIT.org on 3 October, 2012 - 17:49
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Post constructed collaboratively between several team members of the Association for Progressive Communication (APC).

A Feminist talk entry published in GenderIT.orgi (in Portuguese) started an interesting exchange related to the complex fields of freedom of expressioni, censorshipi, hate speech, legal remedies, and ICTi related violence against womeni. You must be asking yourself what it was about, in order to start such a complex debate. Well, it all starts with a map.

The hack of Uganda’s government websites: Anonymous could do better

Melanie Nathan for Oblogdeeoblogda.me
Melanie Nathan for Oblogdeeoblogda.me on 27 August, 2012 - 15:59
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Melanie Nathan is a human rights advocate who writes and speaks about ending prejudice and discrimination against sexuality minorities. In her advocacy work she focus primarily on LGBT issues in United States of America and Africa.

Uganda’s Governmenti websites were hacked and defaced earlier this month. The hacksters asserted that their actions were to protest the Ugandan Government persecution of the LGBTIi community of Uganda where being gay is considered criminal and where legislation is pending Uganda’s parliament that would impose harsh prison penalties on gay people, including the death sentence for so called “aggravated homosexuality.” Melanie Nathan, an activists who write extensively about LGBT Uganda, notes that the actions of Anonymous may have caused more harm than good to the Ugandan LGBT Community.

Rape and the courts: Going online isn't really justice

Sonia Randhawa
Sonia Randhawa on 12 August, 2012 - 02:56
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Sonia Randhawa is a former GenderIT.org editor currently doing a PhD on women journalists in Malaysia in the 1990s. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, but still calls Malaysia home.

Savannah Dietrich was raped. The rapists took photographs and circulated them at her school - but in a plea bargain, she was told that she was not allowed to tell people what had happened. She posted the names of her attackers on social media sites, risking a jail sentence and a fine. But is this justice?

It's violent, it's misogynist. Something needs to be done, but what?

Sonia Randhawa
Sonia Randhawa on 16 July, 2012 - 11:20
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Sonia Randhawa is a former GenderIT.org editor currently doing a PhD on women journalists in Malaysia in the 1990s. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, but still calls Malaysia home.

For those of you that don't know the appalling vitriol that Anita Sarkeesian has been subject to, you can read a summary of it here. It's worrying that there are people out there who are capable of perpetrating this campaign of hatred. But what's more worrying is that we don't seem to know what to do about it.

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