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Decoding India’s Proposed Online Porn Ban – I

Menaka Rao for EROTICS India
Menaka Rao for EROTICS India on 18 December, 2013 - 15:14
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Menaka Rao is a former journalist turned freelance writer.

This is the fourth 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 womenStyle Information: N/a Source: www.takebackthetech.net/whatstheissue ">i, pornographyi, sexuality, and freedoms and risks in the online world.

Legal restrictions on content are not helpful - Discussions around feminism, sexuality, technology and violence

Melissa Hope Ditmore
Melissa Hope Ditmore on 18 December, 2013 - 01:44
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APC’s Women’s Rights Programme convened a meeting on feminism

">i, sexuality, technology and violence at Rutgers University Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rightsi in the United 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">is in November. The three-day meeting ranged from setting out definitions to practical concerns and future collaboration. The meeting grew out of the Exploratory Research Online (EROTICSi) undertaken in 2008 with research projects in five countries. Phase 2 of this project included a survey of sexual rightsEroTICs- Literature Review ">i activists about their online experiences. Many were impressed to hear that 98% of sexuality rights activists who completed the survey said that the interneti was critical to their work. However, over half reported receiving threats online and 27% said that they had stopped some of their work online in response. This demonstrates a truly chilling effect and the need for sexuality rights activists to understand how to protect themselves and their organizations online.

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

Analía Lavin
Analía Lavin on 10 December, 2013 - 14:44
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Analia is a member of the APC's communications team.

During the last Internet GovernanceSource: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">i 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 Kadte
Richa Kaul Kadte on 9 December, 2013 - 14:26
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Richa Kaul Padte is a writer, researcher and bass-music lover who lives in Bombay and dreams of London. She writes at www.richakaulpadte.com and tweets @hirishitalkies.

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
Mary Onyango on 3 December, 2013 - 19:37
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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"state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.

Source: Wikipedia">i’s Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) programme.

Some unfortunate aspects of social media in Pakistan

Sadia Awan
Sadia Awan on 3 December, 2013 - 15:12
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Sadia is a very engaged Take Back the Tech! campaign activist, and wrote this blog post as part of Bytes for All, Pakistan's 2013 TBTT campaign.

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, Blog

">isphere 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
Menaka Rao on 29 November, 2013 - 13:51
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Menaka is a former journalist turned freelance writer.

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 womenStyle Information: N/a Source: www.takebackthetech.net/whatstheissue ">i, pornographyi, sexuality, and freedoms and risks in the online world.

Crowdmapping Sexual Harassment in India

EROTICS India
EROTICS India on 27 November, 2013 - 14:00
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Short for “Exploratory Research on ICTs and Sexuality”, EROTICS is a two-phase project of the Association for Progressive Communications in Brazil, India, South Africa, Lebanon and the United States. This blog documents phase two of the project in India. (ICT is spelt TIC in EROTICS as per the Spanish term “tecnología de información y comunicación”.)

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 womenStyle Information: N/a Source: www.takebackthetech.net/whatstheissue ">i, pornographyi, sexuality, and freedoms and risks in the online world.

Towards internet intermediary responsibility

Carly Nyst
Carly Nyst on 26 November, 2013 - 18:37
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Carly Nyst works for Privacy International and directs PI's work in developing countries. Carly is an Australian-qualified lawyer who has worked in human rights law and advocacy at both national and international levels.

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
Carly Nyst on 26 November, 2013 - 18:12
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Carly Nyst works for Privacy International and directs PI's work in developing countries. Carly is an Australian-qualified lawyer who has worked in human rights law and advocacy at both national and international levels.

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
Carly Nyst on 26 November, 2013 - 17:28
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Carly Nyst works for Privacy International and directs PI's work in developing countries. Carly is an Australian-qualified lawyer who has worked in human rights law and advocacy at both national and international levels.

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

EROTICS India
EROTICS India on 20 November, 2013 - 23:47
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Point of View held “Connect Your Rights!”, an all-day meeting exploring the links between gender
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">irights, sexual rightsEroTICs- Literature Review ">i, and Interneti rights, on November 11, 2013 at Mumbai. It was the first meeting in the second phase of the EROTICSi India project. The first phase comprised of an exploratory research study on sexuality and ICTinformation and communications technology. ">is in India.

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

FF
FF on 20 November, 2013 - 15:05
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At Rutgers University Newark Campus, November 8-9, 2013, organised by the Association for Progressive CommunicationsAssociation for Progressive Communications.

Style information: Capital letters for Association, Progressive and Communications. "Communications" with an "s" at the end. We tend not to use the definite article with the acronym eg "APC is a worldwide network", and only occasionally "The APC is a worldwide network".

Source: APC website">i (APC) and The Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflictinformation and communications technology. ">i Resolution and Human Rightsi (CGHR).

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

FF
FF on 20 November, 2013 - 15:00
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At Rutgers University Newark Campus, November 8-9, 2013, organised by the Association for Progressive CommunicationsAssociation for Progressive Communications.

Style information: Capital letters for Association, Progressive and Communications. "Communications" with an "s" at the end. We tend not to use the definite article with the acronym eg "APC is a worldwide network", and only occasionally "The APC is a worldwide network".

Source: APC website">i (APC) and The Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflictinformation and communications technology. ">i Resolution and Human Rightsi (CGHR).

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

FF
FF on 20 November, 2013 - 14:55
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At Rutgers University Newark Campus, November 8-9, 2013, organised by the Association for Progressive CommunicationsAssociation for Progressive Communications.

Style information: Capital letters for Association, Progressive and Communications. "Communications" with an "s" at the end. We tend not to use the definite article with the acronym eg "APC is a worldwide network", and only occasionally "The APC is a worldwide network".

Source: APC website">i (APC) and The Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflictinformation and communications technology. ">i Resolution and Human Rightsi (CGHR).

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