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GenderIT.org
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
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.

Copyright and the digital divide

Sonia Randhawa
Sonia Randhawa on 5 July, 2012 - 11:17
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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.

It's day two of the 'Informal' Asia Europe Foundation meeting on human rights and ICTsi, and we're split up into workshops to discuss recommendations that will go to the Foundation's ministerial meeting in November: I'm in the workshop on digital dividei. While a lot of interesting ideas came up during the course of the day, the one which causes me most concern is the problem of knowledge that is being locked away, often without reason.

Flash Mob Korean Style

Sonia Randhawa, with help from Gayathry Venkiteswaran
Sonia Randhawa, with help from Gayathry Venkiteswaran on 28 June, 2012 - 13:46
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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.

In Seoul for the Asia Europe Foundation's Informal Meeting on Human Rightsi, looking at human rights and ICTsi, I made a few extra-curricular stops - it was hard not to, when just outside our hotel is an ongoing protest about labour rights. The protest site has obviously been occupied for some time - they are even growing tomato plants - and is just outside a major tourist attraction. The protest involves workers who were laid off from three major corporations, all still profitable. One of the companies, Ssang-Yong, over 2,600 people were fired, and because of their economic desperation 22 took the drastic step of committing suicide.

Internet improves access to health care for sex workers in the Olympics area of London

KF
KF on 21 June, 2012 - 09:03
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The challenge of doing sexual health outreach work in East London has been transformed by police action in the run up to the Olympics. APC member GreenNet answered Open Doors Sexual Health Clinic’s request for a new website that could speak clearly to east London sexworkers with advice and resources.

Censorship in South Africa: Protecting or policing?

Sonia Randhawa
Sonia Randhawa on 18 June, 2012 - 12:44
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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.

The Spear is a painting that depicts the African National Congress leader and South African president Jacob Zuma in a rallying pose, with genitals exposed. It has caused controversy and been defaced. Images of the painting have gone viral on interneti. In late May 2012, the South African Film and Publications Board classified the painting, as "16N" - not suitable for people under the age of 16 because it contains nudity. But in a country where one in four women is raped, Sonia Randhawa wonders just who the ban is supposed to protect.

Equality, non-interference, non-hierarchy: What the net should be

Sonia Randhawa
Sonia Randhawa on 24 May, 2012 - 11:32
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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.

The UN Special Rapporteur on cultural rights Farida Shaheed made an important speech on internet governancei in Geneva earlier in May 2012. She stressed the importance of upholding human rightsi principles online supporting the call of civil society for democratization of interneti governance. Sonia Randhawa is urging all of us to not just look at what Farida Shaheed says, but also to take a look at the ways in which you personally and your organisation, if you have one, can and really need to get involved in these debates

Digital Security: Drop-in centre of Ugandan sex worker organisation raided

Frederic Dubois for APCNews
Frederic Dubois for APCNews on 17 May, 2012 - 06:57
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“Sex work may be illegal in Uganda, but providing services for sex workers is clearly not,” reads a stateiment put out on May 9 by WONETHA, a health and human rightsi organisation, in reaction to a serious crack-down on its activities by Ugandan municipal police.

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.

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