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On 3-5 February, the APC Women’s Rights Programme met with country partners of the Sexual Rights Project to discuss and plan activities for the year ahead. How do we organise and advocate making the links between sexual rights and internet rights? What synergies can we find in our national advocacies, and how do we bring the issues we are facing to the global level? Those were the questions this meeting aimed to discuss.
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:
What is the value of the internet in the exercise of rights? The rapid development and growth of internet access and services in the last two decades indicate its central role in current social, political, economic and cultural life. The internet has been a key space to facilitate the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms, especially to access critical information, build knowledge, express thoughts and beliefs, form networks and communities and mobilise for change.
As personal computers became relatively inexpensive, the Internet has become an ever-increasing part of people’s day-to-day lives. People use the internet to communicate, educate, organise as networks, access information, find jobs -- the list is endless. The World Wide Web however, is being progressively devoured by the implementation of national intranets whose content is "approved" by the authorities.