9th IGF: Feminist talks scale over the walls of internet governance

Posted Fri 12 Sep 2014 - 16:34 | 3,822 views
On 2-5 September 2014, over 2,400 activists, academics, businesspeople and government representatives from 144 countries actively participated in policy dialogue on issues of internet governance at the ninth annual Internet Governance Forum, held in Istanbul, Turkey. This edition of our newsletter offers snapshots of these debates and features observations and reflections from feminist and queer activists who participated in this forum to discuss issues of sexual and women's rights, such as the responsibilities of social networking platforms to address violence against women, and the importance of anonymous communication for sexual rights activism around the world.

Gender, sexuality and the internet

Posted Wed 20 Aug 2014 - 12:52 | 5,802 views
Have we taken over the internet or has it taken us over? Are we using or being used by the internet? How can we resist the globalised commodification of the internet and defend it as open, diffused, decentralised and subversive? Is the divide between our online and offline lives blurring? Is this empowering or threatening? Many fascinating questions that look not for a definite and absolute answer, but to be debated in a frame of respect of women’s and sexual rights, online and offline. In last April, Malaysia was the backdrop for academics, feminist and queer activists, and internet rights and policy specialists from diverse organisations and networks coming from many different countries to reflect on and analyse contentious issues of gender, sexuality and the internet. Most of the material featured in this edition draws on those debates and takes them further. We hope that the articles and resources offered in this GenderIT.org edition trigger your curiosity, and expand your exploration of gender, sexuality and online environments.

The suspense is over! Check the GenderIT.org readership survey results

Posted Fri 15 Aug 2014 - 23:58 | 2,474 views
In mid-2014 GenderIT.org disseminated an online questionnaire, requesting that all users of GenderIT.org respond. A period of 5 weeks was given for response. By the closing date, a total of 162 people had submitted a full questionnaire response to GenderIT.org. Of these, 111 (69%) responded using the English questionnaire and 51 using the Spanish questionnaire.

Join us in the Campaign: What Are You Doing About Violence Against Women?

Posted Thu 10 Jul 2014 - 12:56 | 3,191 views
That's what we're asking Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Join our campaign beginning 21 July to demand answers and action! These sites have made some effort to respond to user concerns. But they haven't done enough, especially for women outside of the narrow scope of the US and Europe. This is about us and our rights. Violence stifles freedom of expression, and we can work together to develop solutions that promote our rights to freedom of speech and freedom from violence. So we're targeting the big three.

Gender, sexuality and the internet to #imagineafeministinternet

Posted Fri 25 Apr 2014 - 06:07 | 4,716 views
APC held a global meeting on gender, sexuality and the internet in Malaysia between 12 and 17 April 2014, to explore and develop the collective understanding of what a feminist internet looks like. One of the goals of the meeting was to find, within a sex-positive queer framework, an agreement on core feminist principles for a transformative internet, in order to develop a set of evolving Feminist Principles of the Internet.

Back and forth in the advancement of women's rights at CSW58

Posted Mon 07 Apr 2014 - 12:45 | 4,020 views
The theme of the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58), which took place in New York on 10-21 March 2014, was “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. Also on the meeting agenda was Women’s and girls’ access to technology. This GenderIT.org edition addresses the negotiations and barganing in agreements during CSW 58 around information and communication technologies (ICTs) and women’s rights, as well as the prospects for 2015, a key year for the women’s movement agenda. Debates around women’s reproductive health and rights issues were a clear example of this. Once again advocates need to spend their efforts in defending previous agreements instead of building on them for visible progression.

GISWatch 2013: Setting the agenda on women’s rights, gender and ICTs

Posted Wed 04 Dec 2013 - 00:23 | 3,030 views
In the 2013 Global Information Society Watch’s institutional overview entitled "Whose internet is it anyway? Shaping the internet – feminist voices in governance decision making":http://www.giswatch.org/institutional-overview/womens-rights-gender/whose-internet-it-anyway-shaping-internet-feminist-voice, Heike Jensen calls the attention to the hegemonic framing of issues and agendas in the internet governance field. “Any mainstream political agenda of issues already represents the outcome of power struggles among groups of privileged men, and the outcome of the subsequent policy debate largely reflects which groups of men have achieved dominance, or in gendered terms, which groups of men now represent hegemonic masculinity.” These processes of agenda setting and framing successfully serve to alienate many women, and keep them from entering the political process, and prevent them from immediately seeing how those issues connect to their own lived realities or the political issues they find most critical. Women’s ability to set the agenda is key to internet governance, and it relates to a power relation which we constantly work to subvert with GenderIT.org. It is also a key outcome of this year's "GISWatch":http://www.giswatch.org/2013-womens-rights-gender-and-icts, the focus of this GenderIT.org edition: setting women’s agenda and exploring and showcasing how ICT issues “connect to lived realities [of diverse group of women] or the political issues they find most critical.”

EROTICS all over: Constellations of debates on sexual rights, privacy and technology

Posted Wed 20 Nov 2013 - 15:02 | 4,916 views
"EROTICS project":http://www.apc.org/en/projects/erotics-exploratory-research-project-sexuality-and-0 is moving forward and discussions on sexual rights, violence against women, censorship. privacy, pornography, freedoms and risks in the online world. are flowing all around. Two meetings took place lately, one was held in India, and the other one was held in the United States.

Gender peripheries of the Internet Governance Forum in Indonesia

Posted Wed 20 Nov 2013 - 14:10 | 6,109 views
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has taken constructive steps to integrate gender equality into its space, processes and issues. This years' Gender Roundtable and other specific spaces such as the Gender Dynamic Coalition, aimed to strengthen the previous premise by bringing in different stakeholders (including governments, UN agencies, the private sector, civil society etc.) to dialogue on key issues, challenges and best practices on the extent to which gender has been integrated into internet governance issues. This helped to increase knowledge and understanding of gender and internet specific concerns within the internet governance framework and debates.

Gender peripheries of the Internet Governance Forum in Latin America

Posted Mon 30 Sep 2013 - 21:05 | 3,584 views
The Sixth Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum that took place in Argentina at the end of August showed that women are making headway in the Latin American forum. The involvement of young women in internet governance discussions added a diversity of perspectives. Coming largely from the technical and free software movement and the civil and digital rights arena, they also provided interesting input to the multistakeholdering debate. Even though there was a lot of interest around internet and human rights, privacy and security, and freedom of expression, one discussion that was absent was on gender analysis. Gender was programmed as a cross-cutting issue but, in practice, it was extremely difficult to have in-depth gender analysis across all the issues being debated. GenderIT.org gathered some reflections on the event from members of our team at the Forum, hoping to make gender analysis more than a peripheral issue in this regional arena.