Local radio, sms helplines, and the internet: Filipino women think local in stopping eVAW

MANILA 11 February 2011 (Foundation for Media Alternatives)

From radio dramas by a student theatre collective, to an sms helpline for migrant Filipinas working abroad, to web-based technology to help victims of violence in ex US military bases, five organisations that work with women and ICTs are being awarded with small grants to implement these projects through the APC Women’s Networking Support Programme’s (WNSP) Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women project, which targets the third Millennium development goal on equality for women.

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There is no so-called illegal download!

South Korea

Popular celebrities (Ahn Seong-gi, Park Joong-hoon, etc.) in South Korea have launched a public campaign called good downloader The message of this “public campaign” is that films and animations where these actors/actresses and singers
are starring are in danger due to illegal downloading.

Open spectrum for development: India case study

By Shyam Ponapa, Centre for Internet and Society (January 2011, APC )

Spectrum management and regulation is the collective responsibility of more than one body in India. There are different bodies handling spectrum licensing, regulation, pricing, and the levy of penalties; some bodies have only an advisory role.

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EngageMedia is hiring: Technology Director


APC Australia / Indonesia member, EngageMedia, is looking for a skilled, motivated, energetic person to lead our software development and technology program activities. You’ll have a passion for innovation, coordination of teams across the globe, you’re a great communicator and you love to travel.

Irresponsible Pakistani media and authorities violates rape victim's privacy

ISLAMABAD 21 December 2010 (TakeBackTheTech Pakistan)

One women was raped and another beaten in Pakistan. Both electronic media and law enforcing agencies, rather than respecting the survivors’ privacy, publicly identified them by their names and gave irrelevant information about them (that they were returning from a ‘dance party’ at 2:00 am), reinforcing the ‘she asked for it’ mindset. The rape survivor withdrew her case. Read the open letter that Take Back the Tech Pakistan wrote to Advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh, one of the authorities harmed the survivor’s reputation.

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Resources and platforms to help survivors of violence against women in Pakistan

KARACHI 9 December 2010 (Jehan Ara for APCNews)

Pakistani women are jump starting their ICT knowledge through the use of ressource data bases and platforms for violence against women (VAW), that will allow women who have and are experiencing violence to access help. Survivors of VAW are learning to tell their stories in digital format to share their stories with others, heal and become more empowered through the process. The funds which are helping these projects get off the ground are a part of the APC Women’s Networking Support Programme’s Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women campaign, as part of its work on the third millennium development goal (MDG3) on equality for women. In Pakistan, the campaign is being spearheaded by BytesforAll and the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA).

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For Women, Cyber Crimes Are All Too Real

IPS, Karachi, Pakistan
For Women, Cyber Crimes Are All Too Real
30 November 2010

The Grade 10 student was first drugged, and then four men raped her. The group then apparently tried to extort money from her family. When the family filed a complaint with the police instead, the extortionists in October then posted a cellphone video of her whole ordeal on the Internet.

Malaysian women explore how ICTs can help end violence against women

KUALA LUMPUR 29 November 2010 (Persantuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower) for APC WNSP)

From stop-animation to digital recordings and interactive websites; discussions about abortion and reproductive rights to government legislation regarding violence against women; women and their organisations will learn to use ICTs in order to prevent the spread of violence against women. Five innovative projects that work with women and ICTs will receive funding through the APC women’s programme’s Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women project.

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Women Wisen Up in a Wired World

Sunda Inquirer Magazine, Manila, Philippines
Women Wisen Up in a Wired World
25 November 2010

[…] Cyber and mobile harassment, cyber stalking, involuntary cyber prostitution, online child pornography and unauthorized recording, reproduction and distribution of images and videos, are among the forms of eVAW, according to a recent forum on Violence Against Women (VAW) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) organized by the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA).[…] The FTX, which is being implemented in 12 countries globally by the Association of Progressive Communications Women’s Networking Support Program (APC WNSP), has proven successful in other countries.[…]

Have your say in Pakistan's IT policy and help put the policy process back on track

ISLAMABAD 12 November 2010 (Bytes for All for APCNews)

Pakistan’s new draft IT policy has recently been made available online for comments and feedback. The email announcing this was sent by government officials, and with a very tight deadline. However, “none of the relevant stakeholders were aware of any consultation process being conducted by the government” says Bytes for All, an internet rights activist group in Pakistan and APC member. Bytes for All and Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) are jointly organising a much-needed broad based National Stakeholders’ Consultation on 13th November 2010 in Karachi. Find out more on how you can have your say in the national IT policy.

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