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Indepth features analytical articles that are meant to inform readers about perspectives, issues and debates around certain topics relevant to gender, technology and ICT policy. This is the place for articles that provide an informed, well-reasoned feminist perspective, with a strong focus on the global South.

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The online world might be scary, but it can be a place where we empower one another

Posted Wed 12 Dec 2012 - 12:08 | 7,167 views
Online harassment has become incredibly common for women around the world. Perpetrators of this violence act without fear of recourse, as anonymity protects them, and law does not limit their hate speech. Many women leave the online world out of fear that this violence will affect them in the offline world. But there are strategies that exist for women online activists to use to protect...
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"Sonia Randhawa is a member of GenderIT.org's pool of writer.

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Women at the IGF: Now we need to mainstream gender

Posted Thu 22 Nov 2012 - 14:19 | 6,629 views
This year's Internet Governance Forum came to a close in Baku, Azerbaijan on 16 November. GenderIT.org contributor Sonia Randhawa spoke to three women about their experiences at the IGF, and whether any progress is being made in terms of the representation of women, and the prominence of women's rights and gender as cross-cutting issues for internet goverance. Jac sm Kee is from Malaysia and...
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Daysi Flores

Daysi Flores Hernández grew up in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

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Women human rights defenders and digital security: Reflections with a Latin American accent

Posted Mon 5 Nov 2012 - 17:41 | 6,585 views
A survey of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) conducted as part of APC’s Connect Your Rights! campaign revealed some interesting practices and perceptions in terms of their use of information and communications technologies in their work. Daysi Flores, a GenderIT.org contributor, analyses the preliminary results of the survey, in light of the realities of Latin America.
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Daysi Flores

Daysi Flores Hernández grew up in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

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Who benefits from the silence? Freedom of expression and women human rights defenders in Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala

Posted Mon 5 Nov 2012 - 17:25 | 6,899 views
In this article, Daysi Flores, a JASS Mesoamérica representative and GenderIT.org contributor, looks at a number of new cybercrime laws in Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala that pose a threat to online security, the right to privacy, and freedom of expression and association for the countries’ citizens in general, but for women human rights defenders in particular.
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"Sonia Randhawa is a member of GenderIT.org's pool of writer.

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Surveying Women Human Rights Defenders: Harassment is the biggest online problem

Posted Thu 25 Oct 2012 - 15:42 | 6,433 views
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC)'s “Connect your rights: Internet rights are human rights” campaign has commissioned one of the first international surveys of the online threats faced by women human rights defenders (WHRDs). Responses came from 13 English-speaking countries, and across Spanish-speaking Latin America, with just over 40 people responding. The survey thus...
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Mavic Cabrera-Balleza

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza is the international coordinator of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilde

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Egypt: Cyber-security as a priority and an integral part of human rights advocacy

Posted Thu 25 Oct 2012 - 14:32 | 5,468 views
GenderIT.org correspondent Mavic Cabrera-Balleza interviews Yara Sallam, Manager of the Women Human Rights Defenders Program at Nazra for Feminist Studies in Egypt, on the challenging reality for women human rights defenders, how they are affected by measures taken by the government in the name of “national security”, and strategies used to address threats to WHRD's cybersecurity.
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Jennifer is a South African feminist and coordinates APC's work in supporting women human rights

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Collateral damage of the cyberwar in Syria

Posted Wed 24 Oct 2012 - 22:50 | 9,826 views
Jennifer Radloff and Grady Johnson speak to a Syrian activist in exile about the government increasing tendency to securitize the internet and crack down freedom of expression and freedom to privacy on-line. They also talk how limited access to ICTs, self-censorship due to widespread surveillance and reliance on commercial social networks in combination with a general lack of technical knowledge...
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Margarita Salas

Margarita is a feminist activist and researcher from Latin America.

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Building the Capacity of WHRD: the experience of Front Line Defenders

Posted Wed 24 Oct 2012 - 22:06 | 4,682 views
In a context where the debate around digital security tends to be focused on national security and counter-terrorism measures, civil society faces the important challenge of claiming a space for women human rights defenders (WHRD). Margarita Salas of Genderit.org spoke with Wojtek Bogusz and Tara Madden of Front Line Defenders to discuss some of the key challenges they have identified in their...
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Zooey Schock

Zooey is a fledgling freelance writer and volunteer communications committee member of a Canadian

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Azerbaijan: When online security is synonymous with personal safety

Posted Tue 23 Oct 2012 - 14:17 | 6,809 views
The Seventh Internet Governance Forum will be taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan from 6 to 9 November 2012. GenderIT.org writer Zooey Schock spoke with veteran activist Dr Leyla Yunus about internet freedom and the ability to organise in post-Soviet Asia.
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Katerina lives in Czech Republic and enjoys spending as much time possible in India.

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Philippines: the problematic cybercrime prevention law of 2012

Posted Mon 8 Oct 2012 - 11:17 | 7,779 views
The recent passage of the Philippine Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (or the Republic Act 10175) has elicited strong negative reactions from various stakeholders. Civil society organizations (CSOs), academe, journalists, bloggers, and Filipino netizens have expressed great concern over certain provisions of the law that impinged their constitutional right to freedom of expression. To date,...