Gender Peripheries of Internet Governance Forum, Athens

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*Gender Peripheries of Internet Governance Forum, Athens*
APC WNSP -, 30 October 2006 - 2 November 2006
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Governance Forum (IGF) in Athens, stated by the UN and many ICT policy
advocates as “one of the most significant outcomes of the World Summit
on Information Society”.

From October 30 to November 2, team monitors and provides
daily blogging coverage on activities of gender advocates and women's
concerns on the agenda's key issues:
* openness (freedom of expression, free flow of information, ideas and
* diversity (multilingualism, local content);
* access (internet connectivity: policy and cost);
* security (surveillance, privacy,'cybercrime').

Aside the above listed key themes on the agenda, the representation of
women remains in the center of our coverage.
**Blogging in Spanish is also available on:**

*2 November: Silence on the Platform - Question on gender dimension of
internet governance, answered with total silence*
GenderIt blogging team member Mavic Cabrera-Balleza raised a question on
the gender dimension of internet governance during one of the main
plenaries in the ongoing Internet Governance Forum. The answer she got
was very telling: total silence!

*1st November 2006, Privacy and Data Retention Related Concerns at IGF*
Privacy and data retention are a concern not only for Europe and
America, but also in Asia.

*1 November: Gender advocates called for set-up Gender in WSIS
Implementation Network*
APC WNSP called a meeting of gender advocates who are present at the IGF
here in Athens. There were 8 of us who met today and discussed follow up
steps for the post-WSIS journey.

*31 October: Covering the Openness @ IGF*
A long table with panelists, a long but very good session, taste of
diversity of opinions and standpoints, that is the very shortest i can
say about Openness session which took place in main Hall, from 10 util
13, on Tuesday, 31st of October.

*31 October: Good or bad? Harmful or not? Legal or illegal? – the
challenge of regulating internet content*
Who defines what is harmful and illegal internet content? How do we
regulate online content? Participants in the panel discussion “Content
regulations from gender and development perspective” organized by the
Association for Progressive Communications - Women's Networking Support
Programme (APC WNSP) in the ongoing Internet Governance Forum debate on
these contentious points.

*Why are we here? Women participants at the IGF told us why they came to
GenderIt blogging team member Mavic Cabrera-Balleza is interviewing
women participants in the ongoing Internet Governance Forum in Athens to
find out their agenda in coming to the IGF. CHECK OUT the comments under
the article!

*30 October 2006: IGF Opening - Setting the (Gender Disparate?) Scene*
It's not a huge surprise but still a big disappointment: women are a
very small minority in today's opening of the first Internet Governance
Forum in Athens, Greece.

*30 October 2006: Internet Governance Forum - What is it All About?*
Quite a number of women --including those who have been following gender
and ICT discussions--are having a difficulty understanding Internet
Governance as a concept. Needless to say, we have encountered quite a
number of questions on what the Internet Governance Forum is.

Check out the's Feminist Talk for more daily blog posts,
and share with us your thoughts, concerns and question..

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*CopyLeft. 2006 APC Women's Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP)*
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