Feminist activist and filmmaker Bishakha Datta of Point of View (India) helped draft the groundbreaking Feminist Principles of the Internet. An initiative of APC’s Women’s Rights Programme, this tool for advancing internet rights was launched at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey in September 2014. APC’s Elvira Truglia spoke to Datta during the IGF about the relevance of the Feminist Principles of the Internet.
In Indonesia, sexuality has gradually become a more and more open public discourse. Conflict on discourse of sexuality expands through the use of Internet. On the one hand, internet has given space to the advancement of human rights including human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ).
There were several sessions and side meetings at the 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Out of those, there were only a few on gender and sexuality. The Gender Dynamic Coalition launched the Feminist Principles of the Internet at the end of the session, making the document officially public. Here is an analysis on why those principles matter.
The internet is believed to be an open space for everyone to express themselves freely. So why do we need a set of principles to “govern” us?
“A woman like you deserves to be raped!”
This article is based on the speech given by Bishakha Datta at the Disco-Tech event organised by APC that took place at the 2014 Internet Governance Forum in Turkey.
Five snippets from three months.
Since the Edward Snowden saga, a lot of focus has been geared towards individual privacy rights and ultimately to the fight against mass surveillance. In this ongoing attempt to create a better and safer internet, a critical and related discussion on anonymity has been largely side-stepped in terms of how de facto surveillance and identification largely affect women. Considered as one of the smaller problems compared to megalomaniac surveillance attempts from State leaders and agencies world over, anonymity is anything but a small problem.
The Turkish LGBTI rights organization Kaos GL turns 20 on September 20. At the Internet Governance Forum just held in Istanbul, Bishakha Datta interviewed Kaos activist Hayriye Avatar on their pathbreaking LGBTI activism, both online and offline.
Bishakha Datta: How did you get involved with Kaos?
The 9th Internet Governance Forum on 2 -5 September 2014 was held in Istanbul, a city where many lovers from various countries spend their honey moon. People write poems about the blue sea, Sultanahmet mosque and the evil eye. Romantic dinners on the night cruise illuminated by colorful lights, reflected from the Bosphorus Bridge.
It is obvious that the discourse around content regulation has shifted mostly towards the protection of children from harmful content and child pornography on the internet. Any references to gender-related concerns were dropped, including even problematic conceptions that women and children need the paternalistic protection of the statei or international bodies from harmful content.