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Women at the IGF: Now we need to mainstream gender

23 November 2012 (Sonia Randhawa for APCNews)

This year’s Internet Governance Forum came to a close in Baku, Azerbaijan on 9 November. GenderIT.org contributor Sonia Randhawa spoke to three women about their experiences at the IGF, and whether any progress is being made in terms of the representation of women, and the prominence of women’s rights and gender as cross-cutting issues for internet governance.

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Take Back the Tech! 16 days x 16 stories. Tell. Listen. Act

22 November 2012 (Take Back the Tech! for APCNews)

Take Back the Tech! From 25 Nov to 10 Dec, take part in the 16 days of activism and take control of technology to tell, listen and share transformative stories. Document, inspire, converse and collectively envision the end to violence against women.

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Democratic Republic of Congo: Violence is too costly for women and girls

KINSHASA 22 November 2012 (Si Jeunesse Savait)

As the world is about to celebrate 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, and following the taking of Goma and Sake, two cities in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo by the M23 rebels, the young feminist and congolese organisation Si Jeunesse Savait is concerned by recent developments in the situation, which echoes through the media.

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Landmark report on women’s rights on the internet

BUENOS AIRES 22 November 2012 (Dafne Sabanes Plou for APC WNSP)

Women may not have been an active part of policy-­making conversations when internet governance started, but the rapid pace of change online means they need to participate now to ensure that the future of the internet is shaped taking into account women’s rights. Read a report about “Women’s Rights on the Internet” on UNICEF’s The World We Want 2015 platform.

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2012 GISWatch on “the internet and corruption” launched during the IGF

PERGAMINO 16 November 2012 (FF for APCNews)

APC and Hivos launched the 2012 edition of the Global Information Society Watch during the second day of the Internet Governance Forum that took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, in a joint presentation with the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Internet & Society Co:llaboratory.

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

15 November 2012 (African Feminist Forum)

Registration is open to this webinar organised by the African Feminist Forum and the Association for Progressive Communications, taking place on Dec 3, 2012 1:00 PM GMT. It will examine the idea of the feminist cyborg, at home both online and offline, and her activism is reflected in her online life as well as in what she does offline.

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The violence stops with us. Take Back the Tech! starts this month

CUERNAVACA 15 November 2012 (ES for APCNews)

Tech-related violence against women and girls is increasing – but so are our stories of survival and strategies to make the internet a safe space for women. Join Take Back the Tech! this 25 November through 10 December to help end violence against women and girls online.

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ICTs, the Internet and Sustainability: An interview with Anriette Esterhuysen and Alan Finlay

WINNIPEG 13 November 2012 (IISD)

In and interview with Anriette Esterhuysen and Alan Finlay, David Souter of the International Institute for Sustainable Development explores the key issues around ICTs and environmental sustainability as part of a series of papers meant to inform and stimulate discussion and debate on the relationship between information and communication technologies (ICTs), the internet and sustainability.

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Crossing borders : cyberspace and national security

BAKU 12 November 2012 (GenderIT)

GenderIT.org explores the online safety of women human rights defenders from the perspective of national security and counter-terrorism. Despite the fact that online and offline security measures adversely impact on women’s and sexual rights, women and sexual minorities are still two of the most invisible stakeholders in national security debates.

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For a feminist view on the IGF

BAKU 12 November 2012 (GenderIT.org)

The 7th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) just drew to a close. Many views and analyses were published, most of them adopting a technical point of view. If you are interested in a slightly different take on the world’s most important internet governance encounter, consider reading up on GenderIT.org’s reports on gender peripheries of the IGF

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Joy Liddicoat of APC connects the dots between human rights and internet governance

AUKLAND 7 November 2012 (Joy Liddicoat for MIND)

In edition 4 of the MIND magazine, which questions human rights in internet governance, Joy Liddicoat of the Association for Progressive Communications makes the point that freedom of expression only takes its full force for democratic change when we can exercise it together with all of our other rights and freedoms. She argues that human rights must be a main focus of all discussions at the IGF.

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Women human rights defenders and digital security: Reflections with a Latin American accent

TEGUCIGALPA 7 November 2012 (Daysi Flores for GenderIT)

A survey of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) conducted as part of APC’s Connect Your Rights! campaign revealed some interesting practices and perceptions in terms of their use of information and communications technologies in their work. Read an analysis.

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Freedom of expression and women human rights defenders in Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala

TEGUCIGALPA 7 November 2012 (Daysi Flores for GenderIT)

GenderIT.org contributor Daysi Flores looks at a number of new cybercrime laws in Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala that pose a threat to online security, the right to privacy, and freedom of expression and association for the countries’ citizens in general, but for women human rights defenders in particular.

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APC in solidarity with the Open Letter of the 'Expression Online Initiative' at the 7th IGF

BAKU 7 November 2012 (APC)

APC stands in solidarity with the Expression Online Initiative, which expressed serious concerns regarding violations of UN principles currently taking place at the 7th annual Internet Governance Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan. The violations include restrictions on freedom of expression and association and failure to guarantee equal rights for every participant. Read Expression Online’s open letter.

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New materials on the environment and ICTs available in French and Spanish

6 November 2012 (Richard Heeks & Angelica Ospina for APCNews)

Image par BigstockImage par BigstockNew materials from the Nexus for ICTs Climate Change and Development (NICCD) site now available in French and Spanish. Materials include guides for policy-makers and research briefs.

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APC and Hivos launch 2012 GISWatch on “the internet and corruption” during this year's IGF

5 November 2012 (FF for APCNews)

On 7 November 2012, on the second day of the IGF, APC and Hivos will launch the 2012 edition of the Global Information Society Watch, which focuses on the internet and corruption. The launch will take place in Room 9 of the Baku Expo Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan, at 12:30 local time.

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Human Rights and Internet Protocols: Comparing Processes and Principles

BAKU 5 November 2012 (APC)

The Internet Society and APC are working on a paper which explores human rights and internet protocols, comparing the processes for their making and the principles by which they operate. The draft document takes a look at the parallels and differences between the open internet model of development and the exercise of human rights online, with the objective to foster discussions between the respective communities to advance an open human rights-fostering internet.

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APC perspectives on the revision of the International Telecommunication Regulations

BAKU 3 November 2012 (VB for APCNews)

Current ITRs date from 1988 and considering the changes in the telecoms sector since then it is not surprising that they are up for review. The question is whether the upcoming WCIT poses a ‘threat’ to the internet. See APC’s perspective on the revision of the ITRs.

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The Internet Governance Forum is the mother of all fora

TOKYO 31 October 2012 (FD for APCNews)

The Internet Governance Forum – the 7th to be exact – will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from November 6 to 9. What most people don’t know, is that the IGF comes at the end of a series of continental IGFs. One of them, APrIGF, the third Asia Pacific Internet Governance Forum, was held in Tokyo, Japan, in July. Full outcomes from the APrIGF will be presented at the IGF next week. Here is an appetizer.

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Gender inclusion at the IGF: The gender report card

PERGAMINO 31 October 2012 (FF for GenderIT.org and APC)

In 2011, APC successfully piloted & advocated for the formal implementation of a gender report card for IGF workshops and main sessions as a way to monitor and assess the level of gender parity and inclusion. You can contribute by filling one out at the events you take part in.

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