In the context of a country with one of the world's worst human rights records, women and girls are the victims of sexual violence perpetrated mostly by combatants from both sides. However, Sylvie Niombo finds in this paper that the intersections between violence against women and girls and ICTs in the DRC are not well established. The internet makes it possible to share experiences and receive information to advance the cause of women’s rights but can facilitate violence towards Congolese women and girls. A lack of confidence in the legal system and the strong presence of men in the judiciary make women unlikely to seek help from the courts, but there is growing mobilisation of women and human rights organisations in the fight to end violence against women (VAW) in partnership with the United Nations and international organisations.
Jessica Umanos Sotos explores why specific law is needed in the Philippines to prosecute perpetrators of violence against women through the use of ICTs or cyberspace. She argues that national ICT institutions and private companies’ policies cannot remain blind to the violations to women’s rights perpetuated via ICTs in the context of the violation of privacy rights through the illicit production and distribution of private and intimate activities. The violation of privacy rights comes in the form of sex-video scandals via telephony and internet. She also documents how, although there are no available studies on how other forms of violence such as stalking or sexual harassment and even direct threats are figuring as VAW via mobile phones, these violations are believed to be widespread
Take Back The Tech! presentation narrating the story of how violence against women and ICTs links together in 16 slides x 16 seconds.
This study was commissioned by KICTANET as part of the GRACE Project, and supported by the International Development and Research Center (IDRC). It documents cybercrime against women in Kenya and by extrapolation the East African Community Member states. For example the study examines the type and quantity of prevalent cybercrime against women or how does cyber crime affect women differently. The general objective of this study is to contribute to development of cyber security legislation in Kenya in order to provide a secure safe space, for women to exercise their right to communicate without fear of abuse, harassment, and violence. It is targeted primarily to the government/governmental agencies, international organisations, women organisations and media.
This study is one of the outputs of the project on the Misuse of the Internet for the recruitment of victims of trafficking in human beings launched by the Council of Europe, and funded by the Government of Monaco. The study documents the various ways in which victims are recruited via the internet, and anticipate possible future techniques. It also highlights some of the best practices used to combat this misuse of the internet, and makes recommendations on legal, judicial, administrative and technical means of combating use of the internet for trafficking in human beings. The study is based on data collected from 22 member states of the Council of Europe.
En el marco del Programa Sociedad de la Información de la CEPAL, Naciones Unidas está lanzando el *Primer cuestionario sobre temáticas TIC (Tecnologías de Información y Comunicación) de para el año 2010* con el objetivo de crear visiones comunes del futuro para el desarrollo de la Sociedad de Información en América Latina y el Caribe. La encuesta está diseñada como un Delphi de política con rondas consecutivas de retroalimentación. Como punto de partida natural, se basa en las actuales temáticas prioritarias de política del Plan de Acción Regional eLAC2007.<br /> <br /><br /> <br />Se invita a los stakeholders del sector público, privado y académico así como a la sociedad civil a contribuir y distribuir la invitación entre otros expertos de la Sociedad de Información. <br />
Microsoft’s Bing tailors its search engine to serve different countries and regions and offers its services in 41 languages. It has a filtering system at the keyword level for users in several countries. Users in the Arab countries are prevented from conducting certain search queries in both English and Arabic. <br /> <br />The OpenNet Initiative (ONI) (a collaboration of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto's Munk Centre for International Studies, Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet &Society, and the SecDev Group) testing reveals that Microsoft filters Arabic and English keywords that could yield sex- or LGBT-related images and content.
The UN Secretary-General's report (E/CN.6/2010/2) in preparation for the 54th Commission on the Status of Women who undertook the 15 year review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BpfA), including the section J – Women and Media. Media and ICT are mentioned throughout the Report as important tools for awareness raising and information dissemination, for example, under the sections covering 'Education and training', 'Women and health', 'Violence against women', 'Human rights of women' and 'The girl child'.
A regional analysis on the status of women 15 years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The report maps out the progress, gaps and challenges under each of the critical areas of concern in the West, Eastern and Southern sub-regions, with emphasis on the period since the last review in 2004 (Beijing +10). For example, the report argues ,that the ICTs have changed the traditional modes of communication and the old concept of gate keeping of information by a few. The Report was published by the Africa NGO Task Force on Beijing +15.