ICT policy

ACTA - anyone making a fuss in your country?
ACTA - anyone making a fuss in your country? 17 May 2010

So, is anybody up in a huff about ACTA in your country? Nice that at least netcitizen protest (amongst other activism) encouraged it going public.

How one Indian academic is putting the spotlight on discrimination against women in e-government
How one Indian academic is putting the spotlight on discrimination against women in e-government 12 May 2010

While the Indian government attempts to include gender on the official agenda in traditional sectors like health and education, gender within the technology sphere is a relatively new concept in India and one that government officials are just not ready to take seriously. They are not convinced by recent findings on the disempowerment of women into rural e-governance in Chhattisgarh, India’s poorest state, and this has been a challenge for lead researcher Dr. Anupama Saxena, a politica...

Violence against women and ICTs: Reports from 10 countries
Violence against women and ICTs: Reports from 10 countries 06 May 2010

Just as women are disproportionately the victims of violence worldwide, the situation is just as bad online. The UN estimates that 95% of aggressive behavior, harassment, abusive language and denigrating images in online spaces are aimed at women and come from partners or former male partners. Other surveys show that the victims of cyberstalking are predominantly female. Just as women are disp...

Sexuality is at the heart of internet regulation debates in Brazil
Sexuality is at the heart of internet regulation debates in Brazil 30 April 2010

Proposals to fight cybercrime have been floating around in Brazil for more than a decade but the backers – primarily banks and music companies worried about internet fraud and unauthorised music sharing – couldn’t find public or parliamentary support till they switched their focus to child pornography. Lula has refused to sanction online censorship and the government has opene...

South Africans use transgender community website to “rehearse” their new identities
South Africans use transgender community website to “rehearse” their new identities 30 April 2010

Two out of three gay South African respondents to an online survey said that going online had helped them accept their sexual orientation and many admitted to coming out online before they did so offline. But the voices of transgender people rarely appear in studies and surveys. To address the gap, APC EroTICs researcher Jeanne Prinsloo of the University of Grahamstown looks at the use of a tra...

Content filtering in US libraries is haphazard
Content filtering in US libraries is haphazard 30 April 2010

Freedom of speech and its flipside, access to information, is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. However federally-funded libraries are required to prevent people under eighteen accessing “harmful” content. Kevicha Echols and Melissa Ditmore investigate the use of internet filters on public library computers and find that measures adopted by libraries range from insta...

Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Lebanese Internet?
Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Lebanese Internet? 29 April 2010

“The gay rights movement in Lebanon would not be anywhere near where it is today if it weren’t for the internet”. In the midst of strongly censored neighbours, Lebanon enjoys online freedom that is hampered only by very slow and very expensive internet connections – but is that freedom there to stay? In a country where homosexuality is punishable by upto two years in prison, Nadine Moaw...

Media brief: Censorship, sexuality and the internet
Media brief: Censorship, sexuality and the internet 28 April 2010

Read the text below or download the pdf Women, internet and sexualityPut sex and new technology together and you’ll always get waves. Victorian societies were scandalised by the arrival of the telephone because women –who were chaperoned at all times– could potentially talk with suitors in private. Over the last decade, the internet has been censored and content regulated for a multi...

Networking Networks: Looking back to look ahead
Networking Networks: Looking back to look ahead 27 April 2010

Lots going on with the network of networks for a free and open internet project. First and foremost, apologies for the silence. At first it didn’t seem like there was too much to write about, and then it seemed like there was too much to write about.