EROTICS snapshots by GenderIT.org bloggers

India: Government should get out of the way

Grady Johnson on 29 Jul 2011
The net has often been portrayed by the media in India as "being a lair of sexual predators". Grady looks at some of the contradictions between policy and practice that were revealed by the EROTICS research in India, which explored the ways that young women negotiate risks online as they strategically use the internet to explore, define and challenge boundaries of gender and sexual norms.

Brazil: An ethnographic approach – mapping sexuality on Orkut

Flavia Fascendini on 29 Jul 2011
Flavia Fascendini explores two communities on the Orkut social networking site on sexuality: one is a forum for anti-lesbian prejudice, and the second is a community aimed at legitimising romantic relationships between adults and adolescents. Both groups were studied as the part of the Brazilian EROTICS research project that focused on mapping the dynamic and complex policy shifts on internet regulation debates in Brazil.

USA: EROTICS responses to the Denver library - a fictional exchange on real foundations

Flavia Fascendini on 27 Jul 2011
Tapping the groundbreaking findings of the US EROTICS report that investigated the mandated internet filtering in publicly-funded libraries, Flavia Fascendini leads a fictional dialogue with the Denver Public Library FAQ on content regulation.

Internet in South Africa is more than meets the eye

Grady Johnson on 26 Jul 2011
Grady gives a glimpse into the final research of the EROTICS research in South Africa that explored lesbians and transgender people use of the Internet, and how content regulation measures can constrain the internet's democratising and empowering potential for LGBTI persons in the country.

Lebanon: Free speech is a gateway crime

Grady Johnson on 20 Jul 2011
The recent controversy surrounding the Gay Girl in Damascus (who turned out to be anything but) has this blogger scratching his head. Why are we all so focused on how MacMaster misled us, and not on the real issue?
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