violence against women

Porn. Panic. Ban.

I’m convinced we’re having the wrong conversation around digital porn.

RightsCon 2015: Cyber sex(y), gender balance and violence

Civil society organisations, engineers, activists, lawyers, companies and governments gathered in Manila on 24-25 March to address the subject of the internet and human rights in this rapidly evolving region, in an effort to protect the open internet and defend the digital rights of its users. APC and members organised several panels were violence against women online and survivor's access to justice, hate speech, sexual rights and sexuality on the internet were discussed.

 

Apps by and for women

Programming and creating our own applications or apps is basically about understanding programming codes, taking control and adapting the apparently invisible mechanisms. We need to appropriate technical language and create instruments suited to our needs.

APC at IGF 2014: Bishakha Datta on the Feminist Principles of the Internet

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.

Why do the Feminist Principles of the Internet matter?

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!”

Feminist Principles of the Internet

An evolving document

Developed at the Gender, Sexuality and the Internet Meeting organized by the Association for Progressive Communications

13-15 April, 2014
Malaysia

Download the principles in pdf format here

You shall no longer be strange, internet

I’d bet my internet that one of your first experiences with the digital social had something to do with sex. Unsolicited nudity arriving in your inbox? Hundreds of sex-related IRC channels that popped up while you searched for your local radio chatroom? Pop-ups spiraling out of control on Internet Explorer?

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