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Censorship in South Africa: Protecting or policing?

Posted Mon 18 Jun 2012 - 13:44 | 8,602views
The Spear is a painting that depicts the African National Congress leader and South African president Jacob Zuma in a rallying pose, with genitals exposed. It has caused controversy and been defaced. Images of the painting have gone viral on internet. In late May 2012, the South African Film and Publications Board classified the painting, as "16N" - not suitable for people under the age of 16...
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"Sonia Randhawa is a member of GenderIT.org's pool of writer.

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Equality, non-interference, non-hierarchy: What the net should be

Posted Thu 24 May 2012 - 12:32 | 4,073views
The UN Special Rapporteur on cultural rights Farida Shaheed made an important speech on internet governance in Geneva earlier in May 2012. She stressed the importance of upholding human rights principles online supporting the call of civil society for democratization of internet governance. Sonia Randhawa is urging all of us to not just look at what Farida Shaheed says, but also to take a look...

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Digital Security: Drop-in centre of Ugandan sex worker organisation raided

Posted Thu 17 May 2012 - 07:57 | 3,960views
“Sex work may be illegal in Uganda, but providing services for sex workers is clearly not,” reads a statement put out on May 9 by WONETHA, a health and human rights organisation, in reaction to a serious crack-down on its activities by Ugandan municipal police.
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Katerina lives in Czech Republic and enjoys spending as much time possible in India.

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May 17 | World Internet Day & IDAHO | What does internet freedom mean to you?

Posted Thu 17 May 2012 - 06:27 | 4,356views
May 17 marks two important causes: The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)and World Internet Day. Join us and play Twitter tag to connect your rights on May 17th. Help activists in your communities - geographically or issue-based - to connect with other activists who might know about IDAHO or internet rights but might not see them as interconnected or even know each...
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Jac sm Kee is the Women's Rights Programme Manager with the Association for Progressive Communica

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Anonymity, accountability and the public sphere

Posted Wed 16 May 2012 - 21:38 | 9,016views
I found myself being confronted with the issue of anonymity and accountability in different ways at the AWID Forum. At the Feminist Tech Exchange (FTX) and Connect Your Rights events that took place just before the Forum, we discussed about the different and increasingly sophisticated ways that internet technologies have been used to erode any sense of anonymity online.
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Erika Smith works for the APC Women's Rights Programme in the coordination team of the global Tak

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Bargain basement shopping in the information society

Posted Tue 15 May 2012 - 12:19 | 8,066views
When I saw this quote on Mozilla's new Collusion website: "If you're not paying for something, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold - Andrew Lewis." I felt it summed up the economics tool box session on Commodification of Knowledge that APC led at the 2012 AWID Forum quite nicely. The session, organised by APC, brought together speakers to spark debate and reflection, but the...
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Erika Smith works for the APC Women's Rights Programme in the coordination team of the global Tak

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Taking street harassment off the streets and off the map!

Posted Mon 14 May 2012 - 18:10 | 8,271views
I walked in late to the jam-packed session “Bringing Gender to the Streets: Young Women Amidst the Arab Uprisings” at AWID Forum 2012. This was not a session about technology or the internet, but it was a common strand running through each presenters' activism and evidence-building for women's rights, even and perhaps especially in the midst of revolution.
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Erika Smith works for the APC Women's Rights Programme in the coordination team of the global Tak

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Privacy and voice

Posted Fri 11 May 2012 - 14:03 | 6,108views
I'm sure we've all seen amazing testimony videos of incredibly sensitive subjects: of women who choose to have abortion and share why despite risking imprisonment in their country for this act of taking control of their bodies; lesbians who come out fighting against "correctional rape"; rural women living in isolated regions sharing stories of cultural violence. I cringe and wonder - do they know...
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Comunicadora social y activista por los derechos de las mujeres.

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Have you ever spied on your ex on Facebook?

Posted Thu 10 May 2012 - 14:34 | 5,056views
The question in the headline elicits a complicit smile. Have you ever? Or have you spied on their new partner? Or have you googled someone you just met and liked a lot? At the interactive session on “Privacy and pleasure” that was held as part of the 2012 AWID Forum there were a variety of participants, of diverse ages, that raised their hands, recognizing that both Facebook and Google are tools...
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Erika Smith works for the APC Women's Rights Programme in the coordination team of the global Tak

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Women's advocacy campaigns less effective when feminist?

Posted Wed 9 May 2012 - 16:19 | 10,037views
Images of amazing infographics and heart-wrenching campaigns circled us in the recent "Using information design in advocacy for women's rights" workshop at AWID Forum 2012. Maya and Faith from Tactical Tech led us in a provocative session, where small groups focussed on just one of six questions about each "ad" or campaign image as they toured the room. Questions to tackle included: who did the...