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Content, Contingencies and Conflict on the Internet

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:20 | 4,508 views
As both a mirror and an extension of social relationships, the internet’s virtual space differentiates itself from traditional media by its decentralised and open architecture. This subverts power relationships between citizens, institutions, governments and markets. Confusion. Impunity. Unbounded freedom. Can and should this anthill be organised? What is the ethical reach of doing so? This...

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Pakistan’s Web of Censorship

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:20 | 6,351 views
The internet has become a critical space for ordinary citizens in Pakistan to speak their minds, and exchange information. These include women who sharpen their ICTs skills and turn to weblogs as a platform for articulation of their concerns and daily lives, and to engage in conversations sometimes blacked out as ‘taboo’. But is this relative ‘freedom’ under threat? This article presents an...

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Women and Philippine Media: At the Fringes of Freedom

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:20 | 7,694 views
Where are women located in the struggle for freedoms to express, create and disseminate information through ICTs as media? Censorship comes in multiple forms in the Philippines. The country has one of the highest counts of media practitioners who are killed in the course of their work in the region. Yet, it retains a conflicting standing as one of the open media landscape in South East Asia....

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A Women's 'Commons'? An Exploratory Dialogue on the Potential of the Knowledge Commons for Women

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:19 | 3,936 views
The idea of the 'commons' has been contestedly understood as being both a principle of understanding content and creative products, and a community that supports the sharing of information and creative content. It is also directly linked with subverting current Intellectual Property Rights paradigms, where ownership and control of information, knowledge, and content has been commodified. So what...

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Culture, local traditions, and taboo - Challenges to the full expression of women’s voices

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:19 | 4,006 views
Popular communicators that work in community radio-telecentres in different states of Brazil talk about their achievements and apprehensions concerning the complete freedom to express themselves. As members of the Cyberela Network (Red Cyberela) developed by the feminist organisation Cemina, the communicators explain the reasons behind their self-censorship and how they gradually overcome taboos...

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Tools for Communication Rights in Malaysia

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:19 | 4,903 views
Jac sm Kee speaks with one of the most vocal media and communication rights advocates in Malaysia, Sonia Randhawa, through an online messenger platform about motivations, communication technologies, rights, democracy, tactics and gender. Sonia currently sits as the Executive Director of the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ). Apart from conducting regular trainings on independent media and...

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Sex, Social Mores, and Keyword Filtering: Microsoft Bing in the "Arabian Countries"

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 04:38 | 4,981 views
Microsoft’s Bing tailors its search engine to serve different countries and regions and offers its services in 41 languages. It has a filtering system at the keyword level for users in several countries. Users in the Arab countries are prevented from conducting certain search queries in both English and Arabic. <br /> <br />The OpenNet Initiative (ONI) (a collaboration of the Citizen...

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Review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action - Report of the Secretary-General

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 04:38 | 3,805 views
The UN Secretary-General's report (E/CN.6/2010/2) in preparation for the 54th Commission on the Status of Women who undertook the 15 year review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BpfA), including the section J – Women and Media. Media and ICT are mentioned throughout the Report as important tools for awareness raising and information dissemination, for example, under...

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Where is Women´s “J” Spot?

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 04:38 | 5,154 views
As the international community prepares to join the United Nation’s 49th Session of the Commission on the Status on Women (CSW), women media practitioners are asking: where is women’s “J” spot? Commonly known as “Beijing +10,” the role of the official UN session is to evaluate what governments have done to implement the Platform for Action (PFA) of the Fourth World Conference on Women 10 years...

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Argentina: Violence against Women and Information Communication Technologies

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 04:38 | 7,982 views
Cristina Peralta examines the situation in Argentina, where few cases of VAW using ICTs have been denounced. One study found that a small percentage of young girls had been contacted by unknown people via chat or Facebook before disappearing. Cell phones are also used for controlling women's mobility and have become one of the first artifacts to be destroyed by the partner during violent...