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Legal restrictions on content are not helpful - Discussions around feminism, sexuality, technology and violence

Posted Wed 18 Dec 2013 - 01:44 | 6,876 views
APC’s Women’s Rights Programme convened a meeting on feminism, sexuality, technology and violence at Rutgers University Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights in the United States in November. The three-day meeting ranged from setting out definitions to practical concerns and future collaboration. The meeting grew out of the Exploratory Research Online (EROTICS) undertaken in 2008 with...

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Online violence - Prevention, reporting and remedy

Posted Fri 13 Dec 2013 - 01:50 | 4,864 views
Social networks are increasingly being used as a tool for identity theft, stalking, harassment, invasion of privacy, and other forms of violence. Sexual predators are also using these tools to their advantage. With increased penetration of the internet and mobile telephony, Pakistan is no different in this respect, with the role of these technologies being used for purposes of crime and violence...

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Technology based violence against women research meeting and Internet Governance Forum in Bali

Posted Tue 3 Dec 2013 - 19:37 | 7,442 views
The technology-related violence on women research meeting took place in Bali, Indonesia from 19th to 21st October 2013. The meeting was organized by the Association for Progressive Communication (APC), as part of the “ending violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project with support from the Dutch government’s Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) programme.

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Some unfortunate aspects of social media in Pakistan

Posted Tue 3 Dec 2013 - 15:12 | 8,411 views
With increased internet penetration in Pakistan, the youth of the country has taken enthusiastically to connecting and socializing via social media networks. It has allowed expression and surfacing of youth voices like never before. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Thumblr, Blogsphere etc. have offered convenient public forums for a large number of people to interact, to...

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

Posted Sun 1 Dec 2013 - 17:54 | 5,618 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...
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Editorial

No easy reading

Posted Fri 29 Nov 2013 - 02:04 | 7,312 views
Nora Quebral (2012) - who is credited with coming up with the concept of 'development communication' in the early 70s - argued recently in an account of Asian domestic workers in the Middle East, and the right-to-drive protest by women in Saudi Arabia, that any analysis of rights is necessarily deeply contextual: “A tough question to answer would be: in which [of these two societies] do women...

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Towards internet intermediary responsibility

Posted Tue 26 Nov 2013 - 18:37 | 7,269 views
A key pillar of the internet freedom movement is the concept that internet intermediaries should be immune from liability for any content hosted on their sites. Yet there is a clear and important need for intermediaries to play a more active role in ensuring that they are not complicit in incitement to violence against women. This article is *third* of the series that will explore the...

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Pulling back the veil of free speech?

Posted Tue 26 Nov 2013 - 18:12 | 7,446 views
International human rights law provides for a strong right to free expression that must be tempered by the need to protect against hate speech, or speech that incites violence, including violence against women. However, the existence of exceptions to the right to freedom of expression does not, however, mean that the prohibition against hate speech and incitement to hatred is a straight forward...

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How gender-based harassment falls through the digital cracks?

Posted Tue 26 Nov 2013 - 17:28 | 7,628 views
When did the internet transform from being a democratized space and tool of empowerment, that has franchised hundreds of millions of women and girls, to an arena of gender-based hatred? This article is *first* of the series that will explore the responsibility of intermediaries to ensure that the internet is a space that empowers, rather than subjugates, women.

Gender peripheries of the Internet Governance Forum in Indonesia

Posted Wed 20 Nov 2013 - 14:10 | 7,085 views
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has taken constructive steps to integrate gender equality into its space, processes and issues. This years' Gender Roundtable and other specific spaces such as the Gender Dynamic Coalition, aimed to strengthen the previous premise by bringing in different stakeholders (including governments, UN agencies, the private sector, civil society etc.) to dialogue on...