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Advocating for better ICT laws at the Asia Pacific Internet Governance Forum

Posted Thu 8 Aug 2019 - 12:05 | 330 views

The Asia Pacific Internet Governance Forum just completed in July 2019 and it took place in Russia. There were very few sessions that dealt with either gender or human rights and none that addressed sexuality. At one session there were discussions on the ICT related-laws and particularly on the broad and unclear provisions that deal with online censorship.

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How we reimagine and redefine freedoms

Posted Thu 4 Jul 2019 - 14:25 | 794 views

What is the extraordinary power of storytelling and art when it comes to the liberation of personhood and sexuality. Here we explore the domino effect of telling our stories and hearing others.

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Discourse online and onground around LGBTI rights in Poland

Posted Thu 27 Jun 2019 - 15:41 | 613 views

In Eastern Europe there is a spread of anti-gender discourse and in this context the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex (LGBTI) people is precarious. This article explores the protection for free speech, religion and for LGBTI rights in Poland. 

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Private Parts: Obscenity and Censorship in the Digital Age

Posted Mon 24 Jun 2019 - 12:28 | 1,080 views

Between right-wing governments and corporate capture of online spaces, there are interesting shifts in how sexuality is censored and governed online and offline. This article looks at the reach and over-reach of laws related to obscenity and censorship in South Asia and the impact that has had on free speech around sex, sex work and sexuality.

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“Our Constitution is Strong”: Straight Digital Discourse and Disremembered Queer Accounts

Posted Thu 20 Jun 2019 - 09:46 | 677 views

What does it mean to rise to the surface of people's attention briefly because of violence done to your body, harassment, dispossession and precarity, only to be replaced the next day by the next trending hashtag? This article explores the limits of straight discourse online and the convenient elision of queer accounts and issues.

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Turning from Tumblr: Where is sex positivity on the internet going?

Posted Tue 12 Mar 2019 - 09:45 | 3,984 views

The Tumblr porn ban reveals how laws in one country against sex trafficking can be used to police content online, and especially has an impact on queer, trans and other sexuality related content. Here Tiffany Mugo talks about what that does to the discourse around sex positivity online.

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No Photos Please: Dating & Hooking Up Via Grindr And Notions of Self-Worth

Posted Fri 18 Jan 2019 - 11:11 | 1,740 views

The second in a series on queerness and privacy, this article explores the relevance of what is legally understood as privacy in the lives of queer people and communities living in the "global South". In this article, the contradictions between online dating for queer and gay people and the precarity of their daily lives is explored.

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Melt down of protections for data and privacy in Tanzania for LGBTQIA and others

Posted Thu 15 Nov 2018 - 16:32 | 1,614 views

The clampdown on gays and non-heteronormative people in Tanzania has been in the news and while it seems like it is the agenda of certain groups and people in the government, it is essential to examine what are the privacy, data and censorship implications of targeting LGBTQIA+ people online.

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Getting woke about getting laid: A HOLAAfrica sex positive experience

Posted Wed 17 Oct 2018 - 12:51 | 1,481 views

How to start a sex-positive conversation around queerness, sensuality and sexuality, gender expression, and even violence? HOLAAfrica is one platform that shows us how to do it. From pleasure manuals to podcasts to articles, the platform raises and discusses several sensitive issues and concerns relevant to African women, gender non-conforming persons and sexual minorities.

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Finding the Pleasure Point in Internet Policy Spaces

Posted Thu 27 Jun 2019 - 14:04 | 770 views

For some of us pleasure in our work is possible, even if it is to find the breaking and bending points in the institutions of policy and law. But even though political and particularly feminist frameworks make space for pleasure, where is the space for that in legal or policy language at the international or national level?