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Melissa Hope Ditmore

Melissa Hope Ditmore, PhD, is a consultant specializing in issues of gender, development, health and human rights, particularly as they relate to marginalized populations such as sex workers, migrants and people who use drugs. She has extensive experience working on projects in the United States and in Asia and Africa. She is working on a book about trafficking and slavery.

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Treinta años después de 1984 ¿quién te está mirando?

Posted Wed 20 Aug 2014 - 13:18 | 3,602 views
Cámaras grabadoras de video en todas partes, software de reconocimiento facial, tecnologías de reconocimiento de la marcha, recolección de fotos sin autorización: se sabe que actualmente las empresas privadas trabajan junto a los estados en cuestiones de vigilancia, pero ¿afecta esto a mujeres y niñas de una manera específica? “Si bien la seguridad en línea es para todas las personas, es...

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Thirty years after 1984: Who’s looking at you?

Posted Tue 12 Aug 2014 - 16:43 | 4,228 views
Recording cameras everywhere, facial recognition software, gait-recognition technology, unauthorized collection of pictures: It is widely known now that private companies are working with states on surveillance, but does this affect women and girls in a particular way? “While online security is for everyone, women and girls are frequent targets of malicious attacks online, and they suffer greater...

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Good women, girls and HIV: Morality over health at the Commission on the Status of Women

Posted Thu 3 Apr 2014 - 21:36 | 4,406 views
Every March, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meets at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. This year’s theme was the Millennium Development Goals, because a new development framework is being worked out beyond 2015. In addition to the events about technology, this year’s Commission on the Status of Women negotiated a resolution on HIV. Negotiating the resolution on Women...

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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 | 6,408 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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New mobile app for sexuality research pulled back over privacy concerns

Posted Tue 23 Oct 2012 - 09:28 | 3,345 views
Melissa Ditmore reflects on release and subsequent pulling back of new application designed to collect data on sexual activity by Kinsey Institute in the USA. She outlines privacy concerns raised and how these holes can jeopardize users data. She also makes a make a case how this app once privacy gaps are fixed can assist to document unwanted and often under-reported sexual experiences, such as...

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Last Rescue in Siam: A comedy about anti-trafficking raids in Thailand

Posted Fri 20 Apr 2012 - 14:58 | 4,767 views
Empower Foundation of Thailand has creatively used art and media to promote the rights of sex workers for over 20 years. Empower has collaborated with artists to bring their messages to people in Thailand, in cartoons, in nearly life-size papier mache dolls that are more well traveled than the sex workers they represent, and in their own books. But these have been primarily for audiences in...

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¿Qué es "dañino para menores"? Organización aliada de EroTICs investiga el uso de filtros de búsqueda en bibliotecas públicas de Estados Unidos

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 08:54 | 7,673 views
Este trabajo [1] investiga el uso de filtros en computadores de bibliotecas públicas con acceso a internet. Las personas de Estados Unidos tienen un enorme acceso a la información de prensa escrita y en línea debido a la primera enmienda de la Constitución estadounidense, que garantiza la libertad de discurso y su reverso, la libertad de acceso a la información. Sin embargo, mucha gente, sobre...

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What Is 'Harmful to Minors'? US EroTICs Partner Investigates Library Search Filters

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:21 | 5,056 views
In this article, Kevicha Echols and Melissa Ditmore from Sex Work Awareness (SWA), researchers for the APC's EroTICs project, investigate the use of filters on public library computers with internet access. People in the United States (US) enjoy a great deal of access to information in print and online media due to the first amendment of the US constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech,...