Bosnia and Herzegovina: Women are vulnerable online, but also speaking up on the internet

Analía Lavin on 10 Dec 2013 | 1,963views
During the last Internet Governance Forum, which took place in October in Bali, Indonesia, Analía Lavin from APCNews talked to Aida Mahmutović, from APC member Owpsee in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Owpsee is one of the national partners of APC’s project “End violence: women’s rights and safety online”.

Feminist Porn: Re-imagining Parameters of Sex and Sexuality

Richa Kaul Padte on 09 Dec 2013 | 2,735views
If you’re looking for porn where a scream of pleasure is actually pleasurable, you’ve come to the right place.

Technology based violence against women research meeting and Internet Governance Forum in Bali

Mary Onyango on 03 Dec 2013 | 5,162views
The technology-related violence on women research meeting took place in Bali, Indonesia from 19th to 21st October 2013. The meeting was organized by the Association for Progressive Communication (APC), as part of the “ending violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project with support from the Dutch government’s Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) programme.

Some unfortunate aspects of social media in Pakistan

on 03 Dec 2013 | 4,131views
With increased internet penetration in Pakistan, the youth of the country has taken enthusiastically to connecting and socializing via social media networks. It has allowed expression and surfacing of youth voices like never before. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Thumblr, Blogsphere etc. have offered convenient public forums for a large number of people to interact, to share their stories, information, personal experiences or views etc. Of the different networks, Facebook remains the most popular here. Sixty two percent of Pakistan’s population consists of the youth, classified as those in the 18 – 24 age range. Of these, 8 million are users of Facebook.

Like being on the street: Women and online abuse

Menaka Rao on 29 Nov 2013 | 1,872views
This is the second in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Connect Your Rights!” meeting held in Mumbai in November 2013. The meeting explored topics such as tools to combat violence against women, pornography, sexuality, and freedoms and risks in the online world.

Crowdmapping Sexual Harassment in India

on 27 Nov 2013 | 1,183views
This is the first in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Connect Your Rights!” meeting held in Mumbai in November 2013. The meeting explored topics such as tools to combat violence against women, pornography, sexuality, and freedoms and risks in the online world.

Towards internet intermediary responsibility

Carly Nyst on 26 Nov 2013 | 2,440views
A key pillar of the internet freedom movement is the concept that internet intermediaries should be immune from liability for any content hosted on their sites. Yet there is a clear and important need for intermediaries to play a more active role in ensuring that they are not complicit in incitement to violence against women. This article is *third* of the series that will explore the responsibility of intermediaries to ensure that the internet is a space that empowers, rather than subjugates, women.

Pulling back the veil of free speech?

Carly Nyst on 26 Nov 2013 | 1,918views
International human rights law provides for a strong right to free expression that must be tempered by the need to protect against hate speech, or speech that incites violence, including violence against women. However, the existence of exceptions to the right to freedom of expression does not, however, mean that the prohibition against hate speech and incitement to hatred is a straight forward or uncontroversial idea. On the contrary, the exceptions to Article 19 are highly controversial, subjective and prone to manipulation by State and other entities. What, then, are the legitimate avenues for redress of hate speech when it occurs on the internet? This article is the *second* of the series that will explore the responsibility of intermediaries to ensure that the internet is a space that empowers, rather than subjugates, women.

How gender-based harassment falls through the digital cracks?

Carly Nyst on 26 Nov 2013 | 2,717views
When did the internet transform from being a democratized space and tool of empowerment, that has franchised hundreds of millions of women and girls, to an arena of gender-based hatred? This article is *first* of the series that will explore the responsibility of intermediaries to ensure that the internet is a space that empowers, rather than subjugates, women.

Snippets from Connect Your Rights, Mumbai

on 20 Nov 2013 | 593views
Point of View held “Connect Your Rights!”, an all-day meeting exploring the links between gender rights, sexual rights, and Internet rights, on November 11, 2013 at Mumbai. It was the first meeting in the second phase of the EROTICS India project. The first phase comprised of an exploratory research study on sexuality and ICTs in India.

Day 2: Sexual Right, Privacy and Technology - Common Concerns Moving Forward

Flavia Fascendini on 20 Nov 2013 | 550views
At Rutgers University Newark Campus, November 8-9, 2013, organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and The Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights (CGHR).

Day 1: Sexual Right, Privacy and Technology - Common Concerns Moving Forward

Flavia Fascendini on 20 Nov 2013 | 595views
At Rutgers University Newark Campus, November 8-9, 2013, organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and The Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights (CGHR).

Day 3: Sexual Right, Privacy and Technology - Common Concerns Moving Forward

Flavia Fascendini on 20 Nov 2013 | 618views
At Rutgers University Newark Campus, November 8-9, 2013, organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and The Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights (CGHR).

Connecting Our Rights at IGF2013: Women and sexual rights defenders leading progress on equitable, inclusive internet policy

Shawna Finnegan on 20 Nov 2013 | 1,047views
The human rights of women and sexual minorities are being increasingly impacted by the internet, not only through violence and discrimination, but through policies and legislation that do not recognise their specific contexts, concerns and capacities.

Integrating women's rights at the IGF

Mary Onyango on 19 Nov 2013 | 657views
As governments work on legislations, gender mainstreaming in ICT sector should not be overlooked. Women need to access internet for development, hence training of women and girls to access internet is crucial. Despite this, gender was not seen as a thematic area during IGF 2013 and hence was not included in the IGF workshops. This was a concern to women human rights organizations like APC which advocates for a democratic and inclusive internet governance models. The Gender Dynamic Coalition organized by APC to discuss Gender and Internet Governance: integrating women’s rights at the IGF space, was part of a concern to address strategy for inclusion of gender discussion in future IGF.
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