internet rights

Crossing borders : cyberspace and national security

Posted Thu 25 Oct 2012 - 21:45 | 12,501 views
This edition of GenderIT.org explores the online safety of women human rights defenders from the perspective of national security and counter-terrorism. National security often encompasses a variety of security threats, including those in cyberspace. While national security measures are meant to protect the security of a nation and its citizen, in many contexts they serve as a pretext for...

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Surveying Women Human Rights Defenders: Harassment is the biggest online problem

Posted Thu 25 Oct 2012 - 15:42 | 7,300 views
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC)'s “Connect your rights: Internet rights are human rights” campaign has commissioned one of the first international surveys of the online threats faced by women human rights defenders (WHRDs). Responses came from 13 English-speaking countries, and across Spanish-speaking Latin America, with just over 40 people responding. The survey thus...

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Egypt: Cyber-security as a priority and an integral part of human rights advocacy

Posted Thu 25 Oct 2012 - 14:32 | 6,460 views
GenderIT.org correspondent Mavic Cabrera-Balleza interviews Yara Sallam, Manager of the Women Human Rights Defenders Program at Nazra for Feminist Studies in Egypt, on the challenging reality for women human rights defenders, how they are affected by measures taken by the government in the name of “national security”, and strategies used to address threats to WHRD's cybersecurity.

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Collateral damage of the cyberwar in Syria

Posted Wed 24 Oct 2012 - 22:50 | 10,997 views
Jennifer Radloff and Grady Johnson speak to a Syrian activist in exile about the government increasing tendency to securitize the internet and crack down freedom of expression and freedom to privacy on-line. They also talk how limited access to ICTs, self-censorship due to widespread surveillance and reliance on commercial social networks in combination with a general lack of technical knowledge...

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Building the Capacity of WHRD: the experience of Front Line Defenders

Posted Wed 24 Oct 2012 - 22:06 | 5,674 views
In a context where the debate around digital security tends to be focused on national security and counter-terrorism measures, civil society faces the important challenge of claiming a space for women human rights defenders (WHRD). Margarita Salas of Genderit.org spoke with Wojtek Bogusz and Tara Madden of Front Line Defenders to discuss some of the key challenges they have identified in their...

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Azerbaijan: When online security is synonymous with personal safety

Posted Tue 23 Oct 2012 - 14:17 | 7,913 views
The Seventh Internet Governance Forum will be taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan from 6 to 9 November 2012. GenderIT.org writer Zooey Schock spoke with veteran activist Dr Leyla Yunus about internet freedom and the ability to organise in post-Soviet Asia.

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Statement: International Coalition Condemns Human Rights Violations Against W.O.N.E.T.H.A

Posted Wed 1 Aug 2012 - 22:17 | 3,528 views
The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC) has expressed deep concern regarding the safety of five staff from the Uganda sex worker organization, Women’s Organization Network for Human Rights Advocacy (WONETHA). On May 7, police authorities raided WONETHA's small office and arrested two staff and three members. The staff members face ongoing harassment and criminal...

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UPR of South Africa: Connecting the right to communication to women´s rights

Posted Fri 15 Jun 2012 - 13:55 | 7,914 views
South Africa's constitution guarantees freedom of expression, and has been interpreted to include the right to community media and to creative journalistic content. However, these progressive interpretations come in the light of broadcasting, rather than the internet. Online media and its regulation in South Africa fall short of the human rights standards that South Africa has recognised under...

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Going online is the same as going out to a rally

Posted Thu 14 Jun 2012 - 00:38 | 48,596 views
In early April 2012 in Istanbul thirty people from six continents met at the APC “Dialogue on digital security and women's human rights defenders” to discuss regional and global trends on digital security, freedom of expression and freedom of association, and their impact on women's human rights defenders. Katerina Fialova and Sonia Randhawa interviewed two of the participants to interrogate/...

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Digital Security: Drop-in centre of Ugandan sex worker organisation raided

Posted Thu 17 May 2012 - 07:57 | 4,164 views
“Sex work may be illegal in Uganda, but providing services for sex workers is clearly not,” reads a statement put out on May 9 by WONETHA, a health and human rights organisation, in reaction to a serious crack-down on its activities by Ugandan municipal police.