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Posted Fri 29 Nov 2013 - 02:04 | 6,922 views
Nora Quebral (2012) - who is credited with coming up with the concept of 'development communication' in the early 70s - argued recently in an account of Asian domestic workers in the Middle East, and the right-to-drive protest by women in Saudi Arabia, that any analysis of rights is necessarily deeply contextual: “A tough question to answer would be: in which [of these two societies] do women...

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Freedom of expression: Where do we set the lines

Posted Mon 7 Oct 2013 - 04:03 | 3,870 views
The second African Internet Governance Forum started in Nairobi, Kenya just a day after a terrorist attack was launched on this African country. The media reported 24 hours a day from the site of the attack; Twitter hashtags were created to make sure messages related to the crisis were passed on to the masses; and Facebook ready-to-use pictures of support to Kenya were circulated. It was actually...

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Women’s rights and threats to online freedom: reflections from the Freedom Online Conference 17 to 18 June 2013

Posted Mon 8 Jul 2013 - 14:37 | 3,274 views
From 17 to 18 June 2013 I took part in the conference on online freedom known as Freedom Online. This conference, carrying the same name of the coalition behind it, highlighted the continent in which it was hosted. In the midst of the international storm about surveillance and censorship, our specific focus was online freedom in Africa and the Arab world as Tunisia, like all of the Maghreb, has...

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Transparency and accountability: Finding points of agreement following the #fbrape campaign

Posted Thu 13 Jun 2013 - 15:06 | 10,995 views
Last month a coalition of women's organisations led a campaign to hold Facebook accountable for its content policy. In particular, how it deals with hateful speech and representations of gender-based violence shared by its users. In response, freedom of expression advocates have expressed concern and criticism over the precedent set by demands for Facebook to remove hateful content from its site...

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#fbrape is about gender-based hate speech, not about censorship

Posted Thu 13 Jun 2013 - 15:05 | 6,882 views
On May 21 more than a hundred organisations lead by "Women, Action & the Media”:http://womenactionmedia.org/, the journalist Soraya Chemaly, and “The Everyday Sexism Project":http://www.everydaysexism.com/ started a campaign to “Take action to end gender-based violence on Facebook":...

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The false paradox: freedom of expression and sexist hate speech

Posted Mon 10 Jun 2013 - 15:12 | 13,051 views
The campaign “Take action to end gender-based violence on Facebook” has re-opened up debate among internet rights advocates about the right to freedom of expression and responsibilities of internet intermediaries in regarding the content that circulates through their services. Margarita Salas, who is currently doing research consultancy of internet intermediaries corporate policies for APC's...

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She's begging to be raped – Twitterverse for feminists in Pakistan!

Posted Mon 17 Dec 2012 - 17:20 | 4,974 views
‘She's begging to be raped.’ That's the response that many feminists in Pakistan get online from Pakistani men seeking to shut them up. This is a response from Pakistani men to women merely tweeting about issues related to sexualised violence.

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Stories that need to be heard

Posted Fri 7 Dec 2012 - 18:01 | 4,406 views
Tonight, as I was thinking through this blog, my three-year-old offered to help. “It's not easy,” I warned her. “You see, there was a man who hurt a woman. He hurt her lots, and told her that if she didn't keep quiet, that he'd hurt her again. But she didn't keep quiet, and she told people her story.”

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“A Facebook status can get you arrested faster than killing someone now”

Posted Fri 23 Nov 2012 - 17:36 | 8,472 views
In India, the largest democracy on Earth, 21-year old girl Shaheen Dhada was arrested for posting a status update on Facebook questioning the complete shutdown of cities for Bal Thackeray’s (rightwing leader notorious for inciting religious hatred and violence) funeral on Sunday, 18th November. Her friend Renu Srinivas was also arrested for “liking” the update which reportedly read: "People like...

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IGF 2012: Day two in room four

Posted Fri 23 Nov 2012 - 11:41 | 5,273 views
What I most value about the IGF is that thanks to its multi-stakeholder principle, it widens my perspective on pressing internet governance issues. However, all three sessions I attended on day two in room number four, while talking about human rights, failed to include women's right perspective. Women internet users are important stakeholder and it is evident that even after six years of...