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“In our work, the internet is a main stakeholder”: A feminist talk with Hayriye Avatar at the IGF

Posted Thu 25 Sep 2014 - 23:26 | 5,933 views
The Turkish LGBTI rights organization Kaos GL turns 20 on September 20. At the Internet Governance Forum just held in Istanbul, Bishakha Datta interviewed Kaos activist Hayriye Avatar on their pathbreaking LGBTI activism, both online and offline.
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Why do the Feminist Principles of the Internet matter?

Posted Thu 25 Sep 2014 - 17:09 | 6,646 views
There were several sessions and side meetings at the 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Out of those, there were only a few on gender and sexuality. The Gender Dynamic Coalition launched the Feminist Principles of the Internet at the end of the session, making the document officially public. Here is an analysis on why those principles matter.

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Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition alarmed at reports of violence against Leyla Yunus in prison

Posted Wed 17 Sep 2014 - 17:46 | 8,812 views
The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition is alarmed at reports of violence against Leyla Yunus in prison.

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Never mind the nipples: Sex, gender and social media

Posted Tue 16 Sep 2014 - 13:26 | 5,820 views
This article is based on the speech given by Bishakha Datta at the Disco-Tech event organised by APC that took place at the 2014 Internet Governance Forum in Turkey.

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Hands off my internet! Abortion stigmas - accessing and controlling information on reproductive rights

Posted Mon 15 Sep 2014 - 20:11 | 4,254 views
The internet provides a vital space for women and girls to access information about sexual and reproductive health and services, including information about abortion. Yet both governments and corporations censor that information – but you can be part of the conversation that helps break down the boundaries to this important health information.

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How crucial is anonymity for sexual exploration and promoting sexual rights activism

Posted Mon 15 Sep 2014 - 12:20 | 6,437 views
While the debate around anonymity rarely gets seen from a feminist angle, women go through this feeling of being watched online and offline every day of their lives. It happens so often and so persistently that it has increasingly become synonymous to the experience of being a woman. It is no wonder then that the Feminists Principles of the Internet vocally advocate that “It is our inalienable...

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#WhatAreYouDoingAboutVAW campaign: Social media accountability

Posted Fri 12 Sep 2014 - 16:41 | 5,768 views
On 21 July, Take Back the Tech! began a campaign demanding to know what Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are doing about violence against women on their sites. Our primary goal is to get them to take a clear stand on violence against women in their terms of service and engage with diverse civil society to find solutions for safer platforms

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Why do the Feminist Principles of the Internet matter?

Posted Fri 12 Sep 2014 - 16:40 | 4,321 views
The internet is believed to be an open space for everyone to express themselves freely. So why do we need a set of principles to "govern" us?

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IGF 2014: From Istanbul with love or “honey trap”?

Posted Fri 12 Sep 2014 - 16:38 | 6,012 views
Looking for love online can be exhilirating and fun. But for LGBTIQ relationships, there is a need for safe, unpoliced spaces to allow for personal and political growth. Kamel Manaf explores how sex and internet activism link and overlap.

9th IGF: Feminist talks scale over the walls of internet governance

Posted Fri 12 Sep 2014 - 16:34 | 4,941 views
On 2-5 September 2014, over 2,400 activists, academics, businesspeople and government representatives from 144 countries actively participated in policy dialogue on issues of internet governance at the ninth annual Internet Governance Forum, held in Istanbul, Turkey. This edition of our newsletter offers snapshots of these debates and features observations and reflections from feminist and queer...