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Book launch: Global Information Society Watch 2013

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BALI, 20 October 2013 (APCNews)

Book launch: Global Information Society Watch 2013
Women’s rights, gender and ICTs
IGF Day 2: Wednesday, 23 October 12:30
Room #7 Kintamani 1
Lunch will be provided
Remote participation will be available

  • Why is the struggle against violence against women online often understood as a call for censorship?
  • How does surveillance on the internet affect women?
  • Once achieved, will gender parity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) bring gender justice?

APC and Hivos invites you to discuss these and other questions at the launch of the 2013 edition of GISWatch, which examines how the internet and ICTs have extended the public sphere, thereby creating new opportunities and freedoms for women as well as the threats to their freedoms.

Exploring the role of technology in resistance to these threats, this year’s GISWatch features reports from 45 countries that span the globe on topics like the rights of domestic workers, trafficking in women, participation in governance, child brides, and the right to abortion. A series of expert thematic reports address access to infrastructure, participation, online disobedience, and sexuality online.

GISWatch is an annual publication that looks at the progress being made in creating an inclusive information society worldwide (particularly in implementing WSIS goals), encourages critical debate and strengthens networking and advocacy for a just, inclusive information society.

A launch of this year’s edition of the Multistakeholder INternet Dialogue (MIND) discussion paper series will be held in conjunction with GISWatch. MIND, an initiative of Internet & Society Collaboratory, is a platform for modern polemics in the field of internet governance, and it is structured around a central argument in form of a proposition of a well-known author, which is then commented by diverse actors from academia and the technical communities, the private sector, as well as civil society and government.

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