Resources

Here is a repository of the latest research reports, policy documents, presentations, issue papers, and other relevant publications focusing on the area of ICT and gender.

The term “revenge porn” has become popular internationally for describing a virtual form of violence: the act of an ex-partner making private sexual images or videos public online. Authors, Mariana Giorgetti Valente, Natália Neris and Lucas Bulgarelli of InternetLab – Law and Technology research Center explore and analyse the exposure of teenage girls online.
The Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) 2015 presents stories from around the world on how the politics of sex and sexual rights activism takes place online. The topics of the 57 country reports gathered in this year GISWatch are diverse, ranging from the challenges and possibilities that the internet offers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LBGTQ) communities, to female genital mutilation, the suppression of sexual rights such as same-sex marriage and the right to legal abortions, to the rights of sex workers, violence against women online, and sex education in schools.
The term “public morality” is found in several Thai laws, and plays a key role in controlling public expressions of sexuality, since sexual practices and services can be interpreted as contravening public morality. Thai netizen network’s Thaweeporn Kummetha, explores cyber sexuality, Thai values and alternative sexual services online in this report.
Ranggoaini Jahja of Center for Civic Engagement Studies, Indonesia writes “Given the limited exposure to information about teen sexuality, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) movement in Indonesia offers a model for attending to this information and knowledge gap, both in print and online media.” This report addresses the needs of teenagers in Indonesia as well as next steps.
Sexting is defined as the publication of images that are in conflict with sexual decency and falls under Article 240 of the Dutch Penal Code. Lin McDevitt-Pugh of NETSHEILA, takes a look into the laws and policies put in place to deal with sexting in schools.
This issue paper addresses the degree to which gender and women’s rights feature in Internet1 governance, in multiple interconnected ways including, but certainly not limited to, access, content and representation. Gender and women’s rights occupy a largely rhetorical role in today’s discussion of Internet governance.
In the present report the Special Rapporteur addresses the use of encryption and anonymity in digital communications. Drawing from research on international and national norms and jurisprudence, and the input of states and civil society, the report concludes that encryption and anonymity enable individuals to exercise their rights to freedom of opinion and expression in the digital age and, as such, deserve strong protection
Between April 2013 and June 2014, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) carried out a multi-country research entitled „From impunity to justice“ as the part of its project End violence: Women's rights and safety online. The research involved the collection of case studies that highlight the voices and experiences of women from the global south who have faced technology-related VAW. The research design document outlines theoretical framework, research methodology, and instruments used in the research.
This report provides an overview of data concerning violence against women (VAW) online collected using the Association for Progressive Communications' (APC) online mapping tool. The purpose of the mapping tool, which was set up as part of APC's “End Violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project, was to improve APC’s existing framework for categorising online rights violations, and develop a deeper understanding of the nature and consequences of technology-related VAW. This report is intended primarily as a quantitative overview of the cases reported, with some qualitative illustration. The data is analysed from 2012 to mid-2014.