@ Hyderabad: Gender Peripheries of the third Internet Governance Forum (December, 2008)

Statement of the IGF Dynamic Coalition on Gender for the Taking Stock and Moving Forward Session

The statement of the IGF Dynamic Coalition on Gender presented at the third Internet Governance Forum in Hyderabad, India,on the 6 of December 2008.

What does the IGF mean to the poorest woman and her rights?

Anita Gurumurthy on 9 Dec 2008
The transcript of speech of Anita Gurumurthy, executive director of IT for Change and member of IGF Gender Dynamic Coalition, at the closing ceremony of IGF on December 6th. In her contribution to the closing panel, Anita highlighted the words of Mahatma Gandhi - “Before you do anything, stop and recall the face of the poorest most helpless destitute person you have seen and ask yourself, ‘Is what I am about to do, going to help him?’”. She further urged the participants to interrogate the modified version of Gandhi's question in the context of IGF - “How is the IGF going to help the poorest, most helpless destitute woman?”

Brief appraisal of the third Internet Governance Forum

Heike Jensen on 9 Dec 2008
Now that the dust of the third Internet Governance Forum, held in Hyderabad from 3-6 December 2008, has settled, a brief look back is in order. The host country's efforts amounted to an unqualified success and provided a smooth – even lavish – context. This was especially appreciated under the difficult circumstances in the wake of the Mumbai attacks.

E-Governance only for "the common man"?

Anupama Saxena on 7 Dec 2008
Oh! I waited for almost three years to get this opportunity. Finally it arrived on 5th December 2008 during IGF, when i got a chance to attend the meeting with the Secretary of Information Technology of Government of India with APC team and other civil society organizations.

Why women need access to internet? Interview with Anita Gurumurthy from IT for Change (video)

Anita Gurumurthy from IT for Change is commenting on the issue of women's access to the internet in the context of the debates from Day 1 of IGF. The debates were primarily concerned with the infrastructure level of access but did not really touch on how access or its absence affects people in the so-called next billion. Download the video interview here: <a href=""></a>

Taking steps towards an internet environment based on human rights, inclusiveness and openness

Graciela Selaimen on 4 Dec 2008
The transcript of speech of APC member RITS’ Graciela Selaimen at the opening ceremony of this year’s IGF on December 3rd. As a part of the inaugural panel discussion, Graciela stressed in her speech that the IGF can also be a space ¨to defend and ensure rights and equality among people – starting with the equality among women and men – both on the internet and outside of it."

Will the children of the world be safe soon? Notes from day one

Heike Jensen on 4 Dec 2008
Judging from the substantial number of workshops dedicated to the issue of child online protection at the third Internet Governance Forum currently underway in Hyderabad, a veritable rescue mission for the children of the world seems to be underway. Or maybe not?
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