sexual rights

Day 3: Sexual Right, Privacy and Technology - Common Concerns Moving Forward

Flavia Fascendini on 20 Nov 2013
At Rutgers University Newark Campus, November 8-9, 2013, organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and The Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights (CGHR).

Infographic - Sexual rights activism & the internet

Nadine Moawad on 24 Jul 2013
An infographic highlights the preliminary results from APC’s global survey on usage, risks, and navigation of internet regulation by sexual rights activists.

Networking, safety and sexual agency

Flavia Fascendini on 17 Jul 2013
98% of activists see the internet as an "important public sphere for advancing sexual rights":http://www.genderit.org/node/3836. However 51% of them have suffered online hate speech, censorship or privacy violations. Sexual rights activists from Africa and the Middle East face double risk compared to colleagues from elsewhere of being attacked by their governments because of their online activities. This edition draws on "the groundbreaking survey of the APC’s EROTICS project":http://www.genderit.org/node/3838 and probes the specific realities in different countries, including the value of the internet in sexual rights advocacy, online challenges and their negotiation by sexual rights activists, and the role of network building in resisting online threats and content regulation. _Image taken during "the APC EROTICS workshop in India":http://www.genderit.org/node/3761, by CT from APC_.

Survey on sexual activism, morality, and the internet

APC on 15 Jul 2013
Has the internet become an indispensable tool for feminist and LGBTQI advocacy? How savvy are sexual rights activists in handling the legal and technical issues that come along when they use the internet? How do they negotiate online threats and restrictions? Activists from around the world addressed these and other questions through a global online survey on sexual rights work and the internet.

Of Porn, Morality and Censorship: A Perspective from India

Richa Kaul Padte on 10 Jul 2013
Filed in April 2013, a legal petition that calls for a ban on pornography on account of its linkage to sexual violence in India has raised several eyebrows and debates within the country. This piece written by Richa Kaul Padte explores the context for this proposed legislation, the social and legal cultures in which it sits, and its implications for internet censorship within India.

A is for Agency

Nadine Moawad on 10 Jul 2013
It’s been a great month for cyber-feminism. The #FBrape campaign succeeded in changing the social network giant’s policies on violence against women in record time. The global alarm over the NSA surveillance scandal created mass awareness over privacy and access to personal data. And Instagram launched hipster filters for videos. Perhaps not as breakthrough, but definitely encouraging of more targeted filming and documentation. In its first phase, EROTICS generated a unique body of knowledge about the negotiations and navigations of internet regulation around sexuality content in five different countries. The case studies looked at usage, access, activism, identity and other fascinating components that highlight our relationship with cyberspace as sexual rights activists. As we move into the next phase, EROTICS II, the team is hoping to build on the learning to advance global mechanisms of support that amplify that work that different groups and networks are taking on locally.

Tangled, like wool - Sex, sexuality and the internet in India

Bishakha Datta on 10 Jul 2013
A recent survey of sexual rights activists in India shows that most consider the internet an integral part of their activism. Tangled, Like Wool explores several intertwined questions arising from this: What does the internet bring to sexual rights activism? Do the online and the offline complement each other in this kind of activism? How does keeping the internet free and open strengthen sexuality rights? And why do these seemingly disparate domains - 'sexual rights' and 'internet rights' - need to come closer together?

Indonesia: Put sex on the internet!

Kamilia Manaf on 10 Jul 2013
This article by Kamilia Manaf and Ni Loh Gusti Madewanti describes how the discourse on sexuality in Indonesia is becoming more political and part of the public sphere due to the impact of the reformations begun in 1998. However, while the internet has provided a space for the advancement of sexual rights in Indonesia, discrimination and violence against LGBT groups and women in Indonesia that has happened in physical spaces has penetrated into spaces online. Online harassment, cyber bullying and hate speech violate one’s sense of security. Homophobic behavior on the internet (cyber-homophobia) is now more common and continues to increase.

Sexuality and the internet: a five country perspective

Richa Kaul Padte on 1 Apr 2013
This blog post is the final one in a series of ten blog posts to report on the EROTICS India workshop, recently concluded in Delhi. All the blog posts in this series are written by Richa Kaul Padte, the official rapporteur at the meeting.

Gendered abuse online

Richa Kaul Padte on 22 Mar 2013
So you’ve got "proper online security":http://pointofview.org/blog/general/wearing-a-digital-condom-staying-safe-online, "strong passwords":http://pointofview.org/blog/general/passwords-your-first-line-of-defence, and great software all good to go. But are there other kinds of threats you may face online? What about abuse, verbal violence and harassment that no firewall or plug-in can prevent?

Wearing a digital condom: Staying safe online

Richa Kaul Padte on 21 Mar 2013
Do you know how to use your web browser in a secure manner? What is the benefit of adding that "s" after http? Are you aware of the security features on the email you use? What sensitive data do you keep about you or your community, and what would people have access to if your computer, laptop or mobile phone was stolen? This article provides a list of resources and solutions to help you and your community to stay safe online.

Passwords: Your first line of defence

Flavia Fascendini on 20 Mar 2013
A password is your first line of defence – for your computer, email, and information. So firstly, make sure your computer is password protected (under the ‘admin’ account option), so your prying brother doesn’t get his hands on that flyer for the new weekly queer event. Or those letters from your lover. And if you really want to keep your information safe, you don’t just need a password, but you need a really good one.

Security risks online: How much information do you give away?

Richa Kaul Padte on 19 Mar 2013
Imagine the life of an Indian gender or sexuality rights activist. What work do they do? Who do they interact with? What threats do they face? Here are some snapshots (created by participants).

Mechanics and governance of the internet

Richa Kaul Padte on 18 Mar 2013
The internet is an important part of many of our daily lives, work and activism - but how many of us actually understand what it is? Beyond mechanics, questions around who governs the internet are key to contextualising the struggle for rights - including sexuality rights - online.

EROTICS India: Women, sexuality and the internet

Richa Kaul Padte on 15 Mar 2013
Within the arena of ‘women, sexuality and the internet’, the usual suspects of pornography, indecency, and non-consensual videography are often the first topics that come to mind. But women aren’t just subjects on the internet – they are users, too. A presentation at the EROTICS India workshop overturned some common assumptions by highlighting experiences of women online.
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