Alberto Cerda: "There are many more international agreements to protect intellectual property than to protect people's privacy"

erika on 2 April 2014 | 3,328 views
Alberto Cerda is the international affairs director at Derechos Digitales, a Chilean NGO, and a specialist in intellectual property and privacy issues. In this interview, he analyses the legislation and policies being adopted in Latin America to deal with online violence against women involving the invasion of privacy, and the responsibility assigned to internet intermediaries and individuals.

"We have to gain more ground with human rights advocacy organizations": Interview with Vanessa Coria Castilla of Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights

Florencia Flores Iborra on 1 December 2013 | 4,388 views
On September 21st the website of the "Health Network of Latin American and Caribbean Women” (RSMLAC: Red de Salud de las Mujeres Latinoamericanas y del Caribe) was attacked and taken down. This attack occurred immediately after the launch of several activities related to #28SAbortoLegal, the September 28th social media campaign to legalise abortion. In this special issue, working with our partner Florencia Flores Iborra, we interview various actors, authoritative voices who help us think about the current dimensions of internet violence targeting women human rights defenders. In this first installment, and as a special interview for GenderIT.org, Vanessa Coria Castilla, Director of Programs and Advocacy for the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), shared some thoughts on the persecution faced by women's organizations globally, and particularly in Latin America.

"If we don't stop these attacks, we run the risk of being left without a voice": Interview with Sandra Castañeda Martínez of RSMLAC

Florencia Flores Iborra on 1 December 2013 | 4,575 views
The attack on the Health Network of Latin American and Caribbean Women (RSMLAC: Red Salud de las Mujeres Latinoamericanas y del Caribe) website confirms that we need to constantly defend the rights of women. Here, in a special interview for GenderIT.org, we talk with Sandra Castañeda Martínez, general coordinator of the RSMLAC, who helps us visualize the scale of violence on the internet today.

Korea: Women’s privacy in danger through surveillance and leaking of private information

Shehla Rashid on 27 November 2013 | 4,069 views
“Digitising social welfare: Challenges of privacy” GISWatch report from Korea points out instances where women in the country have leveraged even non-political internet forums to discuss socio-political issues and to organise offline on crucial issues. However, it also highlights several government policies that expose women to privacy violations and related abuse. In particular, it points out the various dangers involved in the government’s collection of personal information from survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, forced prostitution, etc. The report also highlights the privacy violation of women workers in care professions due to high surveillance. Shehla Rashid Shora speaks to the author Yeo-Kyung Chang, who works with Jinbonet, about the state of women’s internet usage in South Korea.

Jamaican household workers use cell phones to protect their rights and improve the working conditions

Flavia Fascendini on 27 November 2013 | 5,761 views
Leith Dunn and Hopeton Dunn from the Institute for Gender and Development Studies Mona Unit, and Mona ICT Policy Centre, at the University of the West Indies, are the authors of the Global Information Society Watch article entitled “Women’s rights, gender and ICTs: Empowering household workers in Jamaica”. In this interview they told GenderIT.org why they chose this subject, how the sector of household workers is using mobile phones to improve their working conditions, and the role ICT policies and legislation have played to enable this advancement.

Cook Islands: Pushing for women leaders

Analía Lavin on 27 November 2013 | 3,654 views
The Global Information Society Watch Cook Islands report was released, written by Maureen Hilyard, Alexis Wolfgramm and Lynnsay Rongokea from the Pan Pacific and Southeast Asia Women’s Association. Analía Lavin interviewed Maureen Hilyard, one of the authors, on the main issues women face online, on gender equality in the political system, and on the role of the media.

Democratizing access and use of ICTs for domestic workers in Uruguay

Flavia Fascendini on 27 November 2013 | 4,093 views
The Global Information Society Watch 2013 report, written by Goñi and Ana María Laura of ICTWatch (ObservaTIC), of the University of the Republic of Uruguay, is entitled "ICTs as a means for empowerment and influence: A democratising proposal for female domestic workers in Uruguay". GenderIT.org interviewed Goñi to understand how inequality in access to and ownership of ICTs affects this sector of workers, and ways they could use them to claim their rights.

Results from the Gender Report Card at the 2012 IGF: More women make a huge difference

APC on 16 October 2013 | 4,506 views
This report summarises the contents of the Gender Report Card sections of the workshop reports from the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) of 2012. Interestingly, it shows among other interesting outputs, that gender was most likely to be mentioned in those workshops in which women were most likely to participate.

Let's talk about gender analysis in the LAC IGF

Flavia Fascendini on 30 September 2013 | 4,039 views
The APC Women's Rights Programme attended the preparatory meeting prior to the Latin American Internet Governance Forum held in late August in Córdoba, Argentina. Attending were Erika Smith, Dafne Sabanes Plou, and Flavia Fascendini. The Spanish language editor of GenderIT.org interviewed both feminists to analyse whether the internet governance debate still marginalises gender issues, or if they have truly become cross-cutting.

"We have to respond to discriminatory discourse with more discourse": Natalia Gherardi on symbolic violence

Flavia Fascendini on 30 September 2013 | 4,412 views
Mother and wife, housewife, caregiver, submissive, fragile. Or bad, crazy, bitch, witch. All are sexist gender stereotypes that speak to what, socially and culturally, a woman is considered to be, or not be, and what she should, or should not, be. How do we dismantle this sort of invisible violence? How do we challenge discriminatory gender stereotypes and label them publicly as being negative, when they are not visible, when they are presented as natural? And how do we respond to this sort of violence that happens both online and circulates in traditional media?