Gender & ICTs

Censorship, sexuality and the internet

MONTEVIDEO 30 April 2010 (APC for APCNews)

The proliferation of sexual content on the internet and the considerable size of the pornography market online is a concern to lots of different groups. However while the online adult sex industry accounts for 12% of web pages, the internet has also been used to express and explore a range of sexual experiences, relationships and content that cannot be considered “harmful”. This kind content is very important to people’s right to freedom of expression and right to information. Especially for people who have little access to resources, rights and spaces in the “off-line” world. Learn more about these issues and the research that APC is doing to understand them better.

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Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Lebanese Internet?

BEIRUT 29 April 2010 (Nadine Moawad for EroTICs)

“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 Moawad assesses the role of the internet in the rise of sexual rights activism in Lebanon and asks if Lebanon’s strict social controls are about to encompass the internet. Photo: “Laura Burlton”:http://www.flickr.com/people/lauraburlton/

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Does your mother know? The online lives of young women in Mumbai

MUMBAI 29 April 2010 (Manjima Bhattacharjya and Maya Ganesh for GenderIT.org)

“And I can chat with you baby / Flirt a little, maybe / But does your mother know that you’re out ?” Twenty-something middle-class women in Mumbai, the city with the highest internet use in India, talk about how they explore their sexuality online, how they present themselves however they want and how they deal with risky situations. Photo: “Jef Harris”:http://www.flickr.com/people/jefharris/

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APCNouvelles 119 - EroTICs – Sexualité et internet

APCNouvelles 119 EroTICs – Sexualité et internet
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APCNouvelles – 30 avril 2010 – Année XI Édition 119
Le service d’actualités sur l’internet pour l‘équité et le développement durable
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Réunissez sexe et nouvelle technologie et vous au

APCNews 119 – EroTICs – Sexuality and the internet

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APCNews – April 30 2010 – Year XI Issue 119
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
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Put new technology and sex together and it seems you’ll always get waves.

Media brief: Censorship, sexuality and the internet

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EroTICs: The first findings

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Culture is a bigger barrier to Bangladeshi girls going online than lack of money or computers

CALGARY 15 April 2010 (LC for APCNews)

“If a boy wants to attend a computer course community members encourage him but if a girl wants to go elders ask her why she wants to complicate her life,” says Dhaka-based Mahmud Hasan. In a country where one in every two males accesses information online yet only three in a hundred Bangladeshi women do, access for schoolgirls is not just about the availability of computers and classes. For girls, it requires the support of the entire community and flexible school schedules as revealed by a study using APC’s Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM).

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