Gender Peripheries of the 2012 Internet Governance Forum

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*GENDER CENTRED: A GenderIT.org thematic bulletin*
APC WRP - GenderIT.org, 23 November 2012
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I. THOUGHTS AROUND... Has the seventh IGF brought breakthrough for gender equality?
II. NEW ARTICLES
- Women at the IGF: Now we need to mainstream gender
- Interview with Arzu Geybullayeva on the internet rights of women in Azerbaijan
III. FEATURED FEMINIST TALKS
- Day two in room four
- Women´s take on internet governance: A selection of tweets from #IGF12
- Multistakeholderism and Enhanced Cooperation: What's it all about?
- Autocracy 2.0 at the Internet Governance Forum
- Again, representation not reflecting participation
IV. SUGGESTED RESOURCES
- Critically absent: Women in internet governance
- Going visible: Women’s rights on the internet
- Global survey on internet privacy and freedom of expression
V. COMMING SOON
- Feminist Cyborgs: Activism, Fundraising and Security Online
- Take Back the Tech! 16 days x 16 stories. Tell. Listen. Act.
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The 7th Internet Governance Forum in Baku drew to a close two weeks ago. Avri Doria in her introduction to this edition discusses several breakthroughs made by this the world’s most important internet governance encounter. For the first time the forum has openly discussed human rights on the internet, and has not been silent on the autocracy and abuse of basic freedoms in the host country. Also for the first time in the IGF history, women's rights have been brought to the main stage. However, gender aspects of human rights on the internet, such as the serious abuses women face because of what they say online, are still absent in the debates. Read reflections of GenderIT.org's partners and writers about their experiences at the IGF.
Katerina, Sonia and Flavia from GenderIT.org
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I. THOUGHTS AROUND... Has the seventh IGF brought breakthrough for gender equality?
by Avri Doria, an itinerant researcher. She spent 5 years working for the IGF Secretariat.

It is my pleasure to introduce this volume of reflections on gender issues at the IGF. The seventh IGF, held in Baku Azerbaijan during 2012, saw several milestones. The IGF showed that it was a maturing forum that was able to tackle important issues, some of which had been taboo in the past.
Read the full editorial at: www.genderit.org/node/3709/
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II. NEW ARTICLES

*Women at the IGF: Now we need to mainstream gender*
GenderIT.org contributor Sonia Randhawa spoke to three women about their experiences at the IGF, and whether any progress is being made in terms of the representation of women, and the prominence of women's rights and gender as cross-cutting issues for internet goverance. Jac sm Kee is from Malaysia and represented the APC Women's Rights Programme; GenderIT.org editor Katerina Fialova is from the Czech Republic; and Bosnian Valentina Pellizzer is executive director of OneWorld SouthEast Europe.
www.genderit.org/node/3710/

*Interview with Arzu Geybullayeva on the internet rights of women in Azerbaijan*
by Nighat Dad
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.
www.genderit.org/node/3698/

Read also:
*Azerbaijan: When online security is synonymous with personal safety*
www.genderit.org/node/3669

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III. FEATURED FEMINIST TALKS

*Women´s take on internet governance: A selection of tweets from IGF 2012*
This is a selection of the tweets circulated during the Internet Governance Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan, from November 6-9 2012. They were selected following the criteria of its relevance in reflecting the discussions around women’s role in internet governance processes, as well as women’s and internet rights during the IGF.
www.genderit.org/node/3708/

*Day two in room four*
by Katerina Fialova
What I most value about the IGF is that thanks to its multi-stakeholder principle, it widens my perspective on pressing internet governance issues. However, all three sessions I attended on day two in room number four, while talking about human rights, failed to include women's right perspective. Women internet users are important stakeholder and it is evident that even after six years of existence IGF fails to engage them in equal footing with other stakeholders.
www.genderit.org/node/3712/

*Multistakeholderism and Enhanced Cooperation*: What's it all about?
by Jac sm Kee
Multistakeholder participation and enhanced cooperation seem to be among the major issues in this year's Internet Governance Forum (IGF). With the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) around the corner, there is an anxious buzz about whether this is a bid by governments to have more control over the internet through the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) and the 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 surprisingly.
www.genderit.org/node/3694/

*Autocracy 2.0 at the Internet Governance Forum*
by hvale
This is my first IGF. I have sneaked into the arena of Internet Governance during the WSIS. At that time I decided to retire and be a distant witness. This year I am here, listening, learning, observing and exercising my right to express my visions, my active feminist citizenship - which was censored today (7th Nov.) in the workshop 89 room 8 by the “aggressively moderate” Robert Guerra…
www.genderit.org/node/3704/

*Again, representation not reflecting participation*
by Yara Sallam
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; governments, 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?
www.genderit.org/node/3697/

To read more Feminist Talk's posts from GenderIT.org's team @ Internet Governance Forum 2012 in Baku visit: http://bit.ly/TPJGuP

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IV. SUGGESTED RESOURCES

*Critically absent: Women in internet governance. A policy advocacy toolkit*
The women's movement has always had the ability to make the invisible visible and grant it a political character. This toolkit encourages women and their organisations to engage in political discussions regarding internet development with a vision of inclusion, fairness and respect for women's rights. The authors' vision is that the toolkit be used to raise awareness and encourage participation in a new environment where women cannot and should not be absent.
www.genderit.org/node/3548/

*Going visible: Women’s rights on the internet*
Women may not have been an active part of policy-­making conversations when internet governance started, but the rapid pace of change online means they need to participate now to ensure that the future of the internet is shaped taking into account women’s rights. The internet has become an increasingly critical public sphere for the claiming of citizenship rights and civil liberties, including women's rights. This paper was developed by the Women´s Rights Programme as part of the global thematic consultation "Addressing inequalities - The Heart of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Future We Want for All".
www.genderit.org/node/3706/

*Global survey on internet privacy and freedom of expression*
This publication seeks to identify the relationship between freedom of expression and internet privacy, assessing where they support or compete with each other in different circumstances. The book maps out the issues in the current regulatory landscape of internet privacy from the viewpoint of freedom of expression. It provides an overview of legal protection, self-regulatory guidelines, normative challenges, and case studies relating to the topic. Even though the authors do not specifically look at the gender dimension of the privacy issues discussed in this paper, they provide a list of additional resources with a specific focus on gender.
www.genderit.org/node/3707/

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VI. COMMING SOON

*Feminist Cyborgs: Activism, Fundraising and Security Online*
*Register now * for the African Feminist Forum and the Association for Progressive Communications webinar, taking place on Dec 3, 2012 1:00 PM GMT. It will examine the idea of the feminist cyborg, at home both online and offline, and her activism is reflected in her online life as well as in what she does offline.
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5124936193595694592

*Take Back the Tech! 16 days x 16 stories. Tell. Listen. Act.*
Take Back the Tech! From 25 Nov to 10 Dec, take part in the 16 days of activism and take control of technology to tell, listen and share transformative stories. Document, inspire, converse and collectively envision the end to violence against women.
www.apc.org/en/node/15943/

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*2012 APC Women's Rights Programme (WRP). Except where otherwise noted, content in this newsletter is published by GenderIT.org, a project of the WRP, and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. You are free to share, republish or remix so long as you attribute GenderIT.org and the author clearly as the original source.
*Gender Centred Archive*
http://www.genderit.org/bulletin
*Sign up for Gender Centred*
http://www.genderit.org/subscribe-bulletin
Write to: mailto:genderit@apcwomen.org
Twitter: @GenderITorg #genderit
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*GENDER CENTRED: A GenderIT.org thematic bulletin*
APC WRP - GenderIT.org, 23 November 2012
--- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---

I. THOUGHTS AROUND... Has the seventh IGF brought breakthrough for gender equality?
II. NEW ARTICLES
- Women at the IGF: Now we need to mainstream gender
- Interview with Arzu Geybullayeva on the internet rights of women in Azerbaijan
III. FEATURED FEMINIST TALKS
- Day two in room four
- Women´s take on internet governance: A selection of tweets from #IGF12
- Multistakeholderism and Enhanced Cooperation: What's it all about?
- Autocracy 2.0 at the Internet Governance Forum
- Again, representation not reflecting participation
IV. SUGGESTED RESOURCES
- Critically absent: Women in internet governance
- Going visible: Women’s rights on the internet
- Global survey on internet privacy and freedom of expression
V. COMMING SOON
- Feminist Cyborgs: Activism, Fundraising and Security Online
- Take Back the Tech! 16 days x 16 stories. Tell. Listen. Act.
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The 7th Internet Governance Forum in Baku drew to a close two weeks ago. Avri Doria in her introduction to this edition discusses several breakthroughs made by this the world’s most important internet governance encounter. For the first time the forum has openly discussed human rights on the internet, and has not been silent on the autocracy and abuse of basic freedoms in the host country. Also for the first time in the IGF history, women's rights have been brought to the main stage. However, gender aspects of human rights on the internet, such as the serious abuses women face because of what they say online, are still absent in the debates. Read reflections of GenderIT.org's partners and writers about their experiences at the IGF.
Katerina, Sonia and Flavia from GenderIT.org
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I. THOUGHTS AROUND... Has the seventh IGF brought breakthrough for gender equality?
by Avri Doria, an itinerant researcher. She spent 5 years working for the IGF Secretariat.

It is my pleasure to introduce this volume of reflections on gender issues at the IGF. The seventh IGF, held in Baku Azerbaijan during 2012, saw several milestones. The IGF showed that it was a maturing forum that was able to tackle important issues, some of which had been taboo in the past.

Read the full editorial at: www.genderit.org/node/3709/

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II. NEW ARTICLES

*Women at the IGF: Now we need to mainstream gender*
GenderIT.org contributor Sonia Randhawa spoke to three women about their experiences at the IGF, and whether any progress is being made in terms of the representation of women, and the prominence of women's rights and gender as cross-cutting issues for internet goverance. Jac sm Kee is from Malaysia and represented the APC Women's Rights Programme; GenderIT.org editor Katerina Fialova is from the Czech Republic; and Bosnian Valentina Pellizzer is executive director of OneWorld SouthEast Europe.
www.genderit.org/node/3710/

*Interview with Arzu Geybullayeva on the internet rights of women in Azerbaijan*
by Nighat Dad
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.
www.genderit.org/node/3698/

Read also:
*Azerbaijan: When online security is synonymous with personal safety*
www.genderit.org/node/3669

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III. FEATURED FEMINIST TALKS

*Women´s take on internet governance: A selection of tweets from IGF 2012*
This is a selection of the tweets circulated during the Internet Governance Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan, from November 6-9 2012. They were selected following the criteria of its relevance in reflecting the discussions around women’s role in internet governance processes, as well as women’s and internet rights during the IGF.
www.genderit.org/node/3708/

*Day two in room four*
by Katerina Fialova
What I most value about the IGF is that thanks to its multi-stakeholder principle, it widens my perspective on pressing internet governance issues. However, all three sessions I attended on day two in room number four, while talking about human rights, failed to include women's right perspective. Women internet users are important stakeholder and it is evident that even after six years of existence IGF fails to engage them in equal footing with other stakeholders.
www.genderit.org/node/3712/

*Multistakeholderism and Enhanced Cooperation*: What's it all about?
by Jac sm Kee
Multistakeholder participation and enhanced cooperation seem to be among the major issues in this year's Internet Governance Forum (IGF). With the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) around the corner, there is an anxious buzz about whether this is a bid by governments to have more control over the internet through the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) and the 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 surprisingly.
www.genderit.org/node/3694/

*Autocracy 2.0 at the Internet Governance Forum*
by hvale
This is my first IGF. I have sneaked into the arena of Internet Governance during the WSIS. At that time I decided to retire and be a distant witness. This year I am here, listening, learning, observing and exercising my right to express my visions, my active feminist citizenship - which was censored today (7th Nov.) in the workshop 89 room 8 by the “aggressively moderate” Robert Guerra…
http://www.genderit.org/node/3704/

*Again, representation not reflecting participation*
by Yara Sallam
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; governments, 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?
http://www.genderit.org/node/3697/

To read more Feminist Talk's posts from GenderIT.org's team @ Internet Governance Forum 2012 in Baku visit: http://bit.ly/TPJGuP

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IV. SUGGESTED RESOURCES

*Critically absent: Women in internet governance. A policy advocacy toolkit*
The women's movement has always had the ability to make the invisible visible and grant it a political character. This toolkit encourages women and their organisations to engage in political discussions regarding internet development with a vision of inclusion, fairness and respect for women's rights. The authors' vision is that the toolkit be used to raise awareness and encourage participation in a new environment where women cannot and should not be absent.
http://www.genderit.org/node/3548/

*Going visible: Women’s rights on the internet*
Women may not have been an active part of policy-­making conversations when internet governance started, but the rapid pace of change online means they need to participate now to ensure that the future of the internet is shaped taking into account women’s rights. The internet has become an increasingly critical public sphere for the claiming of citizenship rights and civil liberties, including women's rights. This paper was developed by the Women´s Rights Programme as part of the global thematic consultation "Addressing inequalities - The Heart of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Future We Want for All".
http://www.genderit.org/node/3706/

*Global survey on internet privacy and freedom of expression*
This publication seeks to identify the relationship between freedom of expression and internet privacy, assessing where they support or compete with each other in different circumstances. The book maps out the issues in the current regulatory landscape of internet privacy from the viewpoint of freedom of expression. It provides an overview of legal protection, self-regulatory guidelines, normative challenges, and case studies relating to the topic. Even though the authors do not specifically look at the gender dimension of the privacy issues discussed in this paper, they provide a list of additional resources with a specific focus on gender.
http://www.genderit.org/node/3707/

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VI. COMMING SOON

*Feminist Cyborgs: Activism, Fundraising and Security Online*
*Register now * for the African Feminist Forum and the Association for Progressive Communications webinar, taking place on Dec 3, 2012 1:00 PM GMT. It will examine the idea of the feminist cyborg, at home both online and offline, and her activism is reflected in her online life as well as in what she does offline.
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5124936193595694592

*Take Back the Tech! 16 days x 16 stories. Tell. Listen. Act.*
Take Back the Tech! From 25 Nov to 10 Dec, take part in the 16 days of activism and take control of technology to tell, listen and share transformative stories. Document, inspire, converse and collectively envision the end to violence against women.
http://www.apc.org/en/node/15943/

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*2012 APC Women's Rights Programme (WRP). Except where otherwise noted, content in this newsletter is published by GenderIT.org, a project of the WRP, and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. You are free to share, republish or remix so long as you attribute GenderIT.org and the author clearly as the original source.
*Gender Centred Archive*
http://www.genderit.org/bulletin
*Sign up for Gender Centred*
http://www.genderit.org/subscribe-bulletin
Write to: mailto:genderit@apcwomen.org
Twitter: @GenderITorg #genderit
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