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May 17 | World Internet Day & IDAHO | What does internet freedom mean to you?

ES for Takebackthetech.net
ES for Takebackthetech.net on 17 May, 2012 - 05:27
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May 17 marks two important causes: The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)and World Interneti Day. Join us and play Twitter tag to connect your rights on May 17th. Help activists in your communities - geographically or issue-based - to connect with other activists who might know about IDAHO or internet rights ibut might not see them as interconnected or even know each other. Broaden your community of activist friends on Twitter at the same time.

Anonymity, accountability and the public sphere

Jac sm Kee
Jac sm Kee on 16 May, 2012 - 20:38
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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.

I found myself being confronted with the issue of anonymity and accountability in different ways at the AWID Forum. At the Feminist Tech Exchange (FTX) and Connect Your Rights events that took place just before the Forum, we discussed about the different and increasingly sophisticated ways that interneti technologies have been used to erode any sense of anonymity online.

Bargain basement shopping in the information society

Erika Smith
Erika Smith on 15 May, 2012 - 11:19
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Erika is based in Mexico and is the membership and network development coordinator for the Association for Progressive Communications Women´s Networking Support Programme.

When I saw this quote on Mozilla's new Collusion website: "If you're not paying for something, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold - Andrew Lewis." I felt it summed up the economics tool boxi session on Commodification of Knowledge that APC led at the 2012 AWID Forum quite nicely. The session, organised by APC, brought together speakers to spark debate and reflection, but the audience vibrated with insights and was full of feminists eager to deepen discussion on the commodification of knowledge.

Taking street harassment off the streets and off the map!

Erika Smith
Erika Smith on 14 May, 2012 - 17:10
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Erika is based in Mexico and is the membership and network development coordinator for the Association for Progressive Communications Women´s Networking Support Programme.

I walked in late to the jam-packed session “Bringing Gender ito the Streets: Young Women Amidst the Arab Uprisings” at AWID Forum 2012. This was not a session about technology or the interneti, but it was a common strand running through each presenters' activism and evidence-building for women's rightsi, even and perhaps especially in the midst of revolution.

Privacy and voice

Erika Smith
Erika Smith on 11 May, 2012 - 13:03
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Erika is based in Mexico and is the membership and network development coordinator for the Association for Progressive Communications Women´s Networking Support Programme.

I'm sure we've all seen amazing testimony videos of incredibly sensitive subjects: of women who choose to have abortion and share why despite risking imprisonment in their country for this act of taking control of their bodies; lesbians who come out fighting against "correctional rape"; rural women living in isolated regions sharing stories of cultural violence. I cringe and wonder - do they know, did they realize - we would see their testimony - way across the world, that anyone close or near could see it. Are they at risk because of this?

Have you ever spied on your ex on Facebook?

Dafne Sabanes Plou
Dafne Sabanes Plou on 10 May, 2012 - 13:34
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Dafne is based inBuenos Aires, Argentina, and she is the coordinator in Latin America for APC´s Women´s Networking Support Programme.

The question in the headline elicits a complicit smile. Have you ever? Or have you spied on their new partner? Or have you googled someone you just met and liked a lot? At the interactive session on “Privacyi and pleasure” that was held as part of the 2012 AWID Forum there were a variety of participants, of diverse ages, that raised their hands, recognizing that both Facebook and Google are tools not just for finding friends, but also for watching and following the lives of the people who interest us, or that we should have stopped being interested in, but who are still in some corner of our hearts.

Women's advocacy campaigns less effective when feminist?

Erika Smith
Erika Smith on 9 May, 2012 - 15:19
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Erika is based in Mexico and is the membership and network development coordinator for the Association for Progressive Communications Women´s Networking Support Programme.

Images of amazing infographics and heart-wrenching campaigns circled us in the recent "Using information design in advocacyi for women's rightsi" workshop at AWID Forum 2012. Maya and Faith from Tactical Tech led us in a provocative session, where small groups focussed on just one of six questions about each "ad" or campaign image as they toured the room. Questions to tackle included: who did the team think the ad was geared at, what did they learn, what would they change about the ad, etc.

You walk away hopeful

Erika Smith
Erika Smith on 9 May, 2012 - 15:05
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Erika is based in Mexico and is the membership and network development coordinator for the Association for Progressive Communications Women´s Networking Support Programme.

A graceful tree glimmering with scarves and blue beads to ward off the evil eye greeted us every day during the 12th AWID Forum: Nazar Degemesin - “May the evil eye not touch her”. Every morning participants could share their message and hang the bead, scarf and satchel (and coin if they had one) for another participant to find at the end of the day.

Some notes on ESCRIBANA and its creative way to harness the power-politics of communications

Flavia Fascendini and Maria Suárez Toro
Flavia Fascendini and Maria Suárez Toro on 7 May, 2012 - 20:49
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Flavia Fascendini is GenderIT.org Spanish and Portuguese editor and is based in Argentina. Maria Suárez Toro has had a long activist career in women’s human rights, social justice, and communication. She is originally from Puerto Rico but has resided in Costa Rica since the 1970s. Maria co-founded and co-directed the Feminist International Radio Endeavour (FIRE) for several years and she is a member of ESCRIBANA and of Petateras.

Flavia from GenderIT.org based her feminist talk on Maria Suárez Toro’s notes for the session “Harnessing the Power-Politics of Communications: A New Edge for Feminist Transformative Activism” that took place during the 12th AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights in Development. The session was organized by APC WNSP and took place on 12 April 2012 in Istanbul. María Suárez Toro, from the initiative ESCRIBANA, described the initiative’s work developing feminist autonomous capacity to communicate feminist perspectives and women’s voices under the motto: “In the midst of destruction, open way for creativity”.

Soweto #RapeVideo: I don’t create or forward violence!

Women'sNet for womensnet.org.za
Women'sNet for womensnet.org.za on 2 May, 2012 - 20:00
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Women’sNet works to advance gender equality and justice in South Africa through the use of the internet or cellphones.

In a trend that is becoming all too familiar, distribution of an alleged gang rape video has again made the news this week. Like the Jules High School case, the cell phone video went viral and was finally reported to the police by an upset parent who found the video on a teenager’s cell phone. The video triggered outrage online among netizens, with many users expressing their anger using the hashtag #RapeVideo on Twitter. Sadly, at the same time, a number of social media users made requests to see the video and jokes about it.

Take away personal dynamics, be anonymous

Talkingpersonal on 25 April, 2012 - 19:50
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Who said we should write things in our own names? It makes it personal. Today there was a debate at AWID Forum about a letter that was distributed criticising the exclusion of a certain discourse in the MENA region, and a point that was used to attack the letter was that it was not signed, you can't identify the authors of the letter, and no one "to take responsibility" for its content.

Liberation Inc. – more reflections from the AWID Forum

Keshet Bachan for GirlsReport's Blog
Keshet Bachan for GirlsReport's Blog on 22 April, 2012 - 12:02
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Keshet Bachan is feminist, girls empowerment specialist, gender equality advisor and manager of the Because I am a Girl report (https://girlsreport.wordpress.com/). She is based in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

I spent a full day yesterday focusing on the intersection of feminismi, activism, and Information Communication Technologies (ICTis). And I kept running into the same women (the feminist Twitterati?). And these women were mostly already known to me from my own work on the issue. This worries me a little bit. Could it be that there are so few feminist / female Techies in the world that we all know each other?!

Privacy and Security Clinics @ AWID - Day 4 22 April

GenderIT.org on 22 April, 2012 - 08:00
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Are you at the 12th AWID forum? Come and join us for hands-on sessions on Security and Privacyi. Tactical Tech Collective and Front Line Defenders will be running these very important sessions in partnership with APC. The sessions will be *fantastic*!

Advocating for a Revolutionary Consciousness

vale on 21 April, 2012 - 21:44
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First day I got my tag-name as other 2500 women, LGBTi & Queeri, sex workers and so many others that have their own multiple identities. Some of these identities are loved more than others, some have been discontinued, and some others are still to come. So the tag-name printed out my official-registered-passport-identity: name, last name and country. I looked at it and I did not recognize myself, yes indeed my country of origin was correct but I do not, almost never, use my full name and I have not lived in Italy since '94. Then I met few friends and looked at their tag-names and I discover a new country, the country of “Others”.

What's happening with the queers?

Nyx McLean
Nyx McLean on 21 April, 2012 - 07:37
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Nyx is an activist who works in various fields, including gender-based violence, LGBTIAQ rights, internet rights, identity and media for social change. She holds an MA from Rhodes University, and her academic work deals primarily with rape reporting and normative theories of the media.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual and queeri (LGBTIiAQ) movement tends to get caught up in trying to name itself. And often gets stuck there.

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