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Experts representing non-commercial interests weigh in on ICANN and human rights

7 October 2014 (MK for APCNews)

Earlier this year, the Council of Europe released a report on the application of human rights to ICANN. The Non-commercial stakeholder group (NCSG) and endorsing organisations, of which APC is one, have submitted comments on that report to raise concerns about the role of governments, ICANN’s legal status and the regulation of hate speech. Follow the link to read the NCSG report.

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Facebook: The king laid bare and the drag queens

The social network created by Mark Zuckerberg recently suspended the profiles of drag queens whose pages were under their stage names.

Applications open for the Gender and Technology Pop-up Institute

3 October 2014 (Tactical Tech for APCNews)

Tactical Tech, in collaboration with the Association for Progressive Communications, are organising a 7-day event for up to 50 women and trans people to learn tools and techniques for increasing their understanding and practice in digital security and privacy and to become digital security trainers and privacy advocates. When? December 1-8, 2014. Where? Berlin, Germany.

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

Pakistan

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.

(Re)govern and (Re)imagine a feminist internet: Sex, rights and internet governance at the IGF 2014

South Africa

As a pre-event of the IGF 2014 APC convened a meeting of sexual rights activists, women’s human rights defenders and gender equality advocates to discuss the intersections between sex

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

India

The Turkish LGBTI rights organization Kaos GL turns 20 on September 20.

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

Indonesia

The 9th Internet Governance Forum on 2 -5 September 2014 was held in Istanbul, a city where many lovers from various countries spend their honey moon. People write poems about the blue sea, Sultanahmet mosque and the evil eye.

#WhatAreYouDoingAboutVAW campaign: Social media accountability

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.

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

Accessing information on the internet about abortion services and reproductive health empowers women and girls! In many situations, the internet is the only means to access critical information on fundamental rights and freedoms and the right to health.

Emma Watson, trolls and a feminist internet

KUALA LUMPUR 25 September 2014 (Jac sm Kee for GenderIT.org)

Within days of her highly visible and publicised speech, Emma Watson became the subject and target of violence. The threat and reality of using women’s sexualised bodies as weapons to humiliate them, shut them up or blackmail them into submission are increasingly prevalent expressions of violence against women online. Jac sm Kee, APC´s Women´s Rights Programme manager, shares her insights on the emerging reactions, and also criticises the framing of the UN #HeForShe campaign, as it seems to position women as passive subjects needing to be rescued.

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