Connecting Our Rights at IGF2013: Women and sexual rights defenders leading progress on equitable, inclusive internet policy
The human rights of women and sexual minorities are being increasingly impacted by the internet, not only through violence and discrimination, but through policies and legislation that do not recognise their specific contexts, concerns and capacities.
This was a key message coming out of the workshop hosted by APC’s CIPP and WRP, ‘Connecting Our Rights: Strategies for Progress’.
by Alex Comninos, 25 October 2013
When registering for the IGF, you may very well have exposed your personal data, including full name, ID/passport number to criminals, spies, intelligence agencies and dragnet surveillance programmes.
Human rights were at the centre of the interventions of most of the speakers of the IGF opening ceremony explicitly, making the ones who didn’t became hard to ignore.
In September at a Stockholm conference of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change climate scientists released a key report which concluded that global warming is human induced with at least 95 percent certainty (let’s be honest – we’ve known this for years).
Two participants of APC’s training on human rights on the internet shared with us the main issues that they are facing in their countries and organisations.
Human rights on the internet
Before the IGF officially started there was already a lot going on. Day zero was a day of pre-events, and APC organised a training session on human rights online.