series ii&vaw

Towards internet intermediary responsibility

Carly Nyst on 26 Nov 2013
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 on 26 Nov 2013
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 on 26 Nov 2013
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.
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