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Security online, security offline

Posted Wed 12 Dec 2012 - 12:18 | 5,836 views
As I write, our online campaign: "respect online, respect offline" which, for 16 days, highlighted violence against women and girls in line with the campaign Take Back the Tech! inviting women and girls to use ICT to denounce violence, has just come to an end. But I realize that our campaign has been disrupted by the violence in my country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, even though it has not...

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The online world might be scary, but it can be a place where we empower one another

Posted Wed 12 Dec 2012 - 12:08 | 6,763 views
Online harassment has become incredibly common for women around the world. Perpetrators of this violence act without fear of recourse, as anonymity protects them, and law does not limit their hate speech. Many women leave the online world out of fear that this violence will affect them in the offline world. But there are strategies that exist for women online activists to use to protect...

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Stories that need to be heard

Posted Fri 7 Dec 2012 - 18:01 | 4,306 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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IGF 2012: Day two in room four

Posted Fri 23 Nov 2012 - 11:41 | 5,121 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...

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Women's take on internet governance: A selection of tweets from IGF 2012

Posted Tue 20 Nov 2012 - 15:12 | 4,755 views
This is a selection of the tweets circulated during the Internet Governance Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan, from November 6-9 2012. They were selected following the criteria of its relevance in reflecting the discussions around women’s role in internet governance processes, as well as women’s and internet rights during the IGF.

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‘Feminist Cyborgs: Activism, Fundraising and Security Online’: register now for AFF and APC webinar

Posted Thu 15 Nov 2012 - 18:02 | 2,610 views
This webinar will examine the idea of the feminist cyborg. The feminist cyborg is at home both online and offline, and her activism is reflected in her online life (whether it is through blogs, tweets and general online presence) as well as in what she does offline (working for a feminist organization, working with women’s rights organizations and social justice movements, or in progressive media...

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Interview with Arzu Geybullayeva on the internet rights of women in Azerbaijan

Posted Fri 9 Nov 2012 - 08:23 | 5,826 views
Nighat Dad from "Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan":http://www.digitalrightsfoundation.pk speaks to Arzu Geybullayeva, a regional analyst and a blogger from Azerbaijan. Arzu's areas of interest are regional politics, conflict resolution, and new social media. In their "feminist talk” Nighat asks Arzu about her impressions of the 7th...

Crossing borders : cyberspace and national security

Posted Thu 25 Oct 2012 - 20:45 | 11,363 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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Let’s stop our fear of tech leading to misuse of security legislation

Posted Thu 25 Oct 2012 - 20:28 | 7,731 views
I was very happy when I was asked to be guest editor of this edition of GenderIT.org on women human rights defenders (WHRD) and national cyber security policies. This is an important and timely issue for WHRDs because the misuse of counter-terrorism legislation to quell dissent and further marginalise minority voices is on the rise.

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

Posted Thu 25 Oct 2012 - 14:42 | 6,070 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...