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Erika Smith works for the APC Women's Rights Programme in the coordination team of the global Take Back the Tech! campaign every November 25-December 10. She is based in Mexico.

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Freedom of expression, the role of intermediaries, and misogynist hate speech: Security in exchange for rights?

Posted Mon 30 Sep 2013 - 20:15 | 9,070 views
The Latin American Regional Forum on Internet Governance was held in August, and brought together internet experts from government, business, and civil society. As a feminist from Mexico who documents cases of technology-related violence against women, the debates on freedom of expression were of particular interest. I took the opportunity to interview representatives of free speech and digital...

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Libertad de expresión, rol de intermediarios y discurso de odio misógino: ¿seguridad a cambio de derechos?

Posted Mon 23 Sep 2013 - 20:32 | 8,067 views
En el Foro regional para América Latina sobre gobernanza en internet ocurrido en agosto, se reunieron expertos/as en internet de gobiernos, empresas y sociedad civil. Para quien escribe, una feminista de México documentando casos de violencia relacionada con la tecnología y ejercida contra las mujeres, fueron de especial interés los debates sobre libertad de expresión. Aproveché la experiencia...


Derecho a la realidad

Posted Fri 5 Apr 2013 - 15:50 | 7,717 views
Hubo importantes logros en la reciente 57ª sesión de la Comisión sobre la Condición de la Mujer que evalúa el progreso de los gobiernos del mundo en el tratamiento de la violencia hacia las mujeres y niñas. Uno de esos logros fue el reconocimiento de los gobiernos del rol creciente de las tecnologías de información y comunicación en la continuidad de la violencia hacia las mujeres.



Right into reality

Posted Thu 4 Apr 2013 - 14:53 | 9,672 views
Important achievements were attained at the recent Commission on the Status of Women 57th session reviewing government progress worldwide in addressing violence against women and girls. One such attainment was governments' recognition of the growing role of information and communication technologies in the continuum of violence against women.

Perhaps you are a bit skeptical about...

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Blaming the victim

Posted Tue 18 Dec 2012 - 14:51 | 8,150 views
It was a bit like ping-pong - reporters, activists, and representatives from civil society organisations in a hot debate on privacy in Facebook. Some pointed out how Facebook (FB) from its inception is designed to encourage giving up your innermost secrets – or at least your relationship status. That privacy configurations change frequently on FB and it's hard to keep up or understand the...

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Privacidad y seguridad a prueba

Posted Tue 18 Dec 2012 - 14:47 | 9,539 views
Muchas pasaron en pareja a tomar los “test” - encuestas sobre seguridad digital y violencia de género relacionada con la tecnología. Jóvenes, parejas adultas, madres con sus hijos e hijas. Nunca imaginábamos el interés que generaría la posibilidad de poner conocimiento y experiencia a prueba, y el estudio sociológico inesperado que surgiría.

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Digital World 2012: stories to end violence against women

Posted Mon 17 Dec 2012 - 20:48 | 10,183 views
The "Digital World 2012 - Knowledge to Prosperity conference": in Dhaka, Bangladesh 6-8 December was an amazing mashup of private sector, government, education, and civil society united in their interest in ICT for development. As coordinator of APC's "End violence: Women's rights and safety online project":...

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Bargain basement shopping in the information society

Posted Tue 15 May 2012 - 11:19 | 11,240 views
When I saw this quote on Mozilla's new Collusion website: "If you're not paying for something, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold - Andrew Lewis." I felt it summed up the economics tool box session on Commodification of Knowledge that APC led at the 2012 AWID Forum quite nicely. The session, organised by APC, brought together speakers to spark debate and reflection, but the...

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Taking street harassment off the streets and off the map!

Posted Mon 14 May 2012 - 17:10 | 10,926 views
I walked in late to the jam-packed session “Bringing Gender to the Streets: Young Women Amidst the Arab Uprisings” at AWID Forum 2012. This was not a session about technology or the internet, but it was a common strand running through each presenters' activism and evidence-building for women's rights, even and perhaps especially in the midst of revolution.

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Privacy and voice

Posted Fri 11 May 2012 - 13:03 | 8,354 views
I'm sure we've all seen amazing testimony videos of incredibly sensitive subjects: of women who choose to have abortion and share why despite risking imprisonment in their country for this act of taking control of their bodies; lesbians who come out fighting against "correctional rape"; rural women living in isolated regions sharing stories of cultural violence. I cringe and wonder - do they know...