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Tools for Communication Rights in Malaysia

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:19 | 6,700 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...


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

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 04:38 | 6,375 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...


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

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 04:38 | 4,435 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...


Where is Women´s “J” Spot?

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 04:38 | 6,006 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...


Argentina: Violence against Women and Information Communication Technologies

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 04:38 | 9,643 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...


Malaysia: Violence against Women and Information Communication Technologies

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 04:38 | 10,569 views
Jac SM Kee and Sonia Randhawa highlight forms of VAW that have received recognition in Malaysia and provide the context of ICT development and national policy objectives in this paper. It is not an exhaustive assessment of the current state of VAW, but rather aims to surface some of the interconnections between ICT issues and VAW and areas of potential opportunities for advocacy, as well as...


Uganda: Violence against Women and Information Communication Technologies

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 04:38 | 11,437 views
Aramanzan Madanda, Berna Ngolobe and Goretti Zavuga Amuriat look at how ICTs have been used to help provide spaces for women and sexual minorities. Sexual minorities have a presence on the internet to articulate concerns of members and raise awareness. Women’s mobile phone use is controlled by their husbands, who either give or withold permission to use and dictate when and how. Some women have...


South Africa: Violence against Women and ICT

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 04:38 | 9,756 views
Two key debates are examined in the paper by Shereen Essof: censorship versus freedom of expression and privacy versus surveillance. She looks at the practices of VAW in a country with the world's highest reported rate of femicide and where there is little understanding of the strategic use of ICTs to support combating VAW as well as recognizing new avenues for perpetrating violence against...


Is Google Violating Women's Rights?

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 04:38 | 4,749 views
This article explores the potential impact of Google Inc.'s AdWords advertising policy update on access to critical information on women's sexual reproductive health.


EROTICS: An Exploratory Research on Sexuality & The Internet - Policy Review

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 04:38 | 7,536 views
This policy review is produced by Mabel Bianco and Andrea Mariño as part of the APC WNSP <a href="http://www.apc.org/en/projects/erotics-exploratory-research-project-sexuality-and" target="_blank">EROTICS: Exploratory Research on Sexuality and the Internet</a> project. This document is intended for the development of the EROTICS' research policy framework and...