GenderIT @ Internet Governance Forum 2009, Sharm El Sheikh

GenderIT.org IGF2009 Team

Jac sm Kee on 19 Nov 2009
The GenderIT Feminist Talk contributors and tweeters at the Fourth Internet Governance Forum, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 15-18 November 2009, are Maya Indira Ganesh, Jan Moolman, Wieke Vink and Jac sm Kee.

New spaces: same old worries

Jan Moolman on 19 Nov 2009
Transparency, democracy, inclusivity, equal access, people centred… sound familiar? These and other concepts have grounded the work of the women’s movement and other movements for social change and justice for decades. They also at the core of the WSIS principles that were highlighted at the WSIS principles: a development agenda internet governance’ workshop that I attended yesterday. So why then do I approach writing this with such trepidation?

APC perspective on the future of the Internet Governance Forum

APC on 18 Nov 2009
This statement was presented for <a href="http://www.apc.org" target="_blank">APC</a> by Willie Currie, APC policy programme manager, at the <a href="http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/2009/sharm_el_Sheikh/Programme.MainSessions.html" target="_blank">Taking Stock and Looking Forward</a> – on the desirability of the continuation of the Internet Governance Forum session, Fourth Internet Governance Forum meeting, 18 November 2009, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

Secret and sexy

on 18 Nov 2009
When there’s something wrong with the internet connection at home, it is not my grandparents who are fixing it. It is not my mum or dad. It is my boyfriend. It is my brothers. It is me. We are the first generation who are brought up in the digital age – in a world wide web with Wikipedia as our library and Skype as our phone. In the case of internet, it is not necessarily the parents educating their children, but us learning our parents about You Tube and Facebook. We have to recognize that internet is a place where people gather, share and connect – and that young people, young men and women, are at the forefront of that.

Video: Finally, another take on sexuality

Jan Moolman on 18 Nov 2009
Video: Jan Moolman speaks with Wieke Vink from the Youth Coalition on Sexual and Sexual Reproductive Rights, about issues raised at the APC WNSP IGF 2009 workshop: <a href="http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/index.php/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=WSProposals2009View&wspid=275" target="_blank">Content regulation, surveillance and sexuality rights - Privacy, Agency & Security</a>.

Video: Our children are in danger

Jan Moolman on 18 Nov 2009
Jan Moolman speaks with a participant at the APC WNSP IGF 2009 workshop about her thoughts: <a href="http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/index.php/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=WSProposals2009View&wspid=275" target="_blank">Content regulation, surveillance and sexuality rights - Privacy, Agency & Security</a>.

Video: Jehan Ara on privacy, agency & security

Jan Moolman on 18 Nov 2009
Video: Jan Moolman speaks with Jehan Ara, President of the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA), about issues raised at the APC WNSP IGF 2009 workshop: <a href="http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/index.php/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=WSProposals2009View&wspid=275" target="_blank">Content regulation, surveillance and sexuality rights - Privacy, Agency & Security</a>.

Video: Who’s In? Who’s Out? Women's Rights at the 2009 IGF

Jan Moolman on 18 Nov 2009
Video interview: Jan speaks with Margarita Salas from Sula Batsu cooperative, Costa Rica, and gets her perspective on where women's rights feature at the fourth Internet Governance Forum.

Cybersecurity: Do women count?

Jac sm Kee on 17 Nov 2009
I have another blog post to write about, which is a continuation of the privacy blog. But after attending this morning's session on <a href="http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/index.php/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=WSProposals2009View&wspid=532" target="_blank">ITU and cybersecurity</a>, I think I should jot this down before the moment escapes. The workshop was a panel of representatives from the 5 pillars of <a href="http://www.itu.int/" target="_blank">ITU</a>'s work: legal, technical, organisational structures, capacity building & international cooperation. The thing that interested me was their new area of wor under the Global Cybersecurity Agenda: COP. <a href="http://www.itu.int/osg/csd/cybersecurity/gca/cop/index.html" target="_blank">Child Online Protection</a>.

Possible futures of the Gender Dynamic Coalition at IGF

Heike Jensen on 17 Nov 2009
After quite a number of informal talks among gender-interested people at this year`s IGF, the following picture is beginning to emerge. Since women have not made enough inroads into national governments and big business decision-making structures, civil society is a crucial stakeholder to help promote gender equality and women`s issues. Hence, the IGF as a multi-stakeholder event is crucial to link gender advocacy up with internet governance. However, IGF so far has failed to demonstrate a satisfactory engagement with gender issues. Thus, gender advocacy is direly needed, which makes it seem important to continue the Gender Dynamic Coalition.

The privacy puzzle - part I

Jac sm Kee on 17 Nov 2009
I attended two sessions on privacy yesterday and today. Both raised interesting points and approaches to the issue of privacy in a networked society. At the last IGF, privacy was a concern, but I definitely noticed a visible escalation of its importance this year. And it's being closely linked to the area of social networking (with an entire<a href="http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/index.php/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=WSProposals2009View&wspid=94"> main session</a> dedicated to it as an emerging issue), businesses and of course, young people.

Some Thoughts on Youth Participation at the IGF

ItsAllMaya on 17 Nov 2009
<a href="http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/index.php/component/chronocontact/?chronoformname=WSProposals2009View&wspid=277" target="_blank">Workshop #277</a> in Siwa Room 9 was bursting at the seams. They had to bring in extra chairs and more than once my laptop screen was bumped, nudged and shaken by large bottoms and smooth, dimpled elbows jostling for a better shot. Cameras flashed and popped, and people from the meeting rooms next door were later overheard complaining about the noise. Who were these celebrities? They were about 20-30 young people enrolled in and leading youth participation activities through two organizations – <a href="http://www.childnet-int.org/">Childnet International </a>from the UK, and the <a href="http://smwipm.cyberpeaceinitiative.org/">Cyber Peace Initiative</a> (or, ‘Net-Aman’ meaning Net-Safety in Arabic) of the Suzanne Mubarak Women’s International Peace Movement – and their trainers, minders, parents, teachers and friends, as well as a UK Member of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Alun White, and representatives from the SMWIPM

Swimming in my crocs: IGF Day 1

Jan Moolman on 15 Nov 2009
Trying to find the room where the ITU child protection open forum took place this morning on the first day of the IGF, I was struck by how many people knew each other. Everywhere I turned I saw people greeting each other like long lost friends. “Was Hyderabad the last time I saw you?” “Tunis feels like a lifetime ago doesn’t it?” – snippets of conversation accompanied handshakes and the enthusiastic patting of backs. I was also struck by how many men there were (wearing suits!), how few, if any, people wore campaign T-shirts with catchy slogans and how many acronyms I did not recognise.

The end of IGF? Mulling on its point and pointlessness

Jac sm Kee on 15 Nov 2009
Today is the start of the fourth <a target="_blank" href="http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/">Internet Governance Forum</a> (IGF). Took yet another shuttle bus into another conference centre that has heavy security - or at least the show of it - big Alsatian dogs, burly men in uniforms and guns, mirror-checks under vehicles, bags into x-ray machines and so on. The next IGF is also the last one when the mandate ends. I guess at WSIS they thought that 5 years was enough to resolve this issue of who, what and how. What has happened instead, is that the IGF became a robust place for fairly open debates about existing and emerging facets of critical issues like access, security and development. Which is also one of the biggest topic of this year's agenda. Should IGF continue beyond its 5-year mandate? How effective has it been anyway given that it has no decision making powers.

The Tyranny of Binaries: Child Protection, Sexuality and Safety Online.

ItsAllMaya on 15 Nov 2009
<p class="MsoNormal">Is it just me or does the <a href="http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/2009/sharm_el_Sheikh/WorkshopSchedule.html">schedule</a> for the Internet Governance Forum conference in Sharm El Sheikh seem to pop with the words youth, security, protection, empowerment, child? At least two sessions every day focus on these themes.<o:p /> I attended a session today titled The Global Path for Ensuring Online Child Protection and Safety: Effective Strategies and Specific Action. This session seemed like it could throw up some interesting discussions since it had a balance of civil society groups, NGOs, the technology industry and child rights and family values advocates. </p>
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