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Marginalised desires and the internet

This article explores marginalised desires and the need individuals have to express these desires online, especially when it may not be safe to do so offline. Attention is brought to the need to protect individuals’ rights to engage in sharing content and expressing their desires online; and the need for digital security to protection their data and identities. The article also discusses notions of identity, community and the need to form safe spaces (including the need to report violence experienced online).

Exploring Transgender and Lesbian Use of The Internet in South Africa

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The EROTICS research in South Africa focuses on the internet usage of South African transgender and lesbian people. This study is informed by the argument that internet regulation policy must be based on empirical evidence in terms of what people’s actual and not assumed internet usage is. It seeks to develop empirical knowledge and responds to the following three research questions:

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Internet? Internet Regulation and the Queer Movement in Lebanon

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The EROTICS research in Lebanon investigated the relationship between the internet in Lebanon and the queer women’s movement since the late 1990s till the present day. It aimed to examine the history and strategies of internet usage by queer women in order to better understand the enabling environment of a free and open internet in Lebanon, which is in contrast to highly censoredinternet in neighbouring Arab countries.

EROTICS in Brazil: The complex universe of sexuality on the internet

Sexuality Policy Watch (SPW) and the Latin American Centre on Sexuality and Human Rights (CLAM) teamed up together to conduct the EroTICs research in Brazil. In an interview with Flavia Fascendini, they talk about their participation in the project as an opportunity to address the nuanced impact of new Internet legislation on sexuality. They approached this complex issue from two sides: looking at legislative and public policy on the one hand, and at expressions of sexual minorities on the other.

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