@ Athens: Gender Peripheries of Internet Governance Forum

1 November 2006: Diversity Session

on 17 Nov 2006
"What does diversity mean to you?" was the question posed by the moderator Mr. Yoshinori Imai from the Japan to the panelists. A panel was rich with lots of language diversity discussion. But suprisingly enough, gender and disability were very very marginal topics.

31 November: The internet cannot be an unattended area

on 17 Nov 2006
Interview with Ms. Hanne Sophie Greve, representative of the Council of Europe, former judge of the European Court of Human Rights . Among many others, she actively participated at the panel on Content Regulation and Access to Knowledge organized by APC WNSP .

2 November: The Way Forward: Gender is essential for the IGF!

on 17 Nov 2006
At the closing session called The Way Forward, Mavic spoke from the floor on behalf of women's rights activists and gender advocates who met at the IGF. She stressed the need for gender aspects to be part of the discussions in the following words...

2 November: Thoughts on privacy and security

on 17 Nov 2006
"WHOIS was created in ancient times; those days people would let their online friends know who they are" as we heard at one of the panels from an expert on domain names registries. The IGF discussions in the track of privacy and security made me go back in memories to my own early online days.

2 November: Dynamic coalition, the new buzzword

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza on 4 Nov 2006
There's a new buzzword in the ICT circle. Everyone was talking of forming dynamic coalitions as the 1st IGF in Athens concluded on 02 November 2006.

3 November: IGF sums up, puts forward recommendations; women’s groups identify next steps

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza on 4 Nov 2006
The 1st IGF concluded on November 2nd in Athens. Women's groups formed the Gender in WSIS Implementation Network (GenWin) as one of the dynamic coalitions.

2 November: The IGF Experiment is a Success - if women take part in setting the agenda

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza on 2 Nov 2006
Organizers and participants in the Internet Governance Forum in Athens declared it a success. Women's groups in the IGF demanded for parity in women's participation in the next IGF in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in November 2007.

1 November: Privacy and Data Retention Related Concerns at IGF

Namita on 2 Nov 2006
Privacy and data retention are a concern not only for Europe and America, but also in Asia.

30 October: Silence on the Platform - Question on gender dimension of internet governance, answered with total silence

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza on 2 Nov 2006
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!

1 November: Gender advocates called for set-up of 'Gender in WSIS Implementation Network'

on 1 Nov 2006
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: Good or bad? Harmful or not? Legal or illegal? – the challenge of regulating internet content

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza on 1 Nov 2006
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.

31 October: Covering the Openness @ IGF

on 1 Nov 2006
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.

Why are we here? Women participants at the IGF told us why they came to Athens

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza on 31 Oct 2006
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: Internet Governance Forum - What is it All About?

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza on 30 Oct 2006
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.

30 October 2006: IGF Opening - Setting the (Gender Disparate?) Scene

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza on 30 Oct 2006
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.
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