Feminist Principles of the Internet

Can we make internet standards feminist? Discussion at the Internet Freedom Festival
Can we make internet standards feminist? Discussion at the Internet Freedom Festival 02 April 2019 Leila Nachawati Rego

What are the impacts of internet protocols on society? How do protocols affect discriminated groups? Can human rights and feminism be embedded in protocol designs? Participants at the Internet Freedom Festival taking place in Valencia, Spain, joined Alexandra Haché from Tactical Tech, Jac sm Kee from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Mallory Knodel from ARTICLE 19 and others to discuss how protocols are being designed and defined in a session entitled "Let's make internet...

Expanding the EROTICS network in South Asia
Expanding the EROTICS network in South Asia 21 March 2019

APC launched the Exploratory Research on Sexuality and the Internet (EROTICS) network in 2009 to undertake a research and advocacy project in India, Brazil, Lebanon, South Africa, the United States and Indonesia that looked at internet-related challenges facing LGBTIQ and other sexual rights communities. One of EROTICS' greatest achievements since then has been to bring in new actors from different movements, building alliances to strengthen sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) mo...

Providing a gender lens in the digital age: APC submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Providing a gender lens in the digital age: APC submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Working Group on Business and Human Rights 01 December 2018 Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the work of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and values the focus of the OHCHR on the question of ways to unpack the gender dimensions of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The APC Women’s Rights Programme (APC WRP) works to challe...

Reporting back from Decolonizing the Internet 2018
Reporting back from Decolonizing the Internet 2018 23 November 2018 Claudia Pozo for Whose Knowledge?

This July, nearly 100 people gathered to share a two-day space in Cape Town, in a quest to discuss and strategise around decolonisation, knowledge and the internet. From techies to artists, our Decolonizing the Internet conference brought together a wide array of people from 28 different countries, all of whom care deeply about the politics of knowledge production and internet governa...

Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance: Emerging issues on sexuality and diversity
Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance: Emerging issues on sexuality and diversity 16 November 2018 Maja Romano for APCNews

The Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance was a unique panel at the 2018 IGF, not only because it was one of the few to have full focus on gender rights, but also because it was a participatory session with presentations from panellists and also engagement by the majority of audience members present. With the intent “to look at some of the emerging issues at the intersection of ...

FIRN: Feminist Internet Research Network
FIRN: Feminist Internet Research Network 15 November 2018

  The Feminist Internet Research Network is a three-and-a-half-year collaborative and multidisciplinary research project led by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).   The project draws on the study “Mapping research in gender and digital technology” carried out by APC and commissioned by IDRC, an...

Focusing on the SDGs: “We have to really think about including all genders and marginalised genders in this conversation”
Focusing on the SDGs: “We have to really think about including all genders and marginalised genders in this conversation” 14 November 2018 Flavia Fascendini for APCNews

“Technologies have the potential to act as catalysts for the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and help advance all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and constituent targets. At the same time, rapid technological change poses new challenges and can have unintended consequences,” stated co-moderator Nadia Tjahja from the Youth Coalition on Internet Governance during the openin...

Gender, culture and internet governance: A “cat among the pigeons” moment at AfriSIG 2018
Gender, culture and internet governance: A “cat among the pigeons” moment at AfriSIG 2018 23 October 2018 Sheena Gimase Magenya

No matter how many times I sit in a space that is reflecting on, learning from or critiquing issues around gender, I am always both pleased and flummoxed by the range of perspectives in the room, with some people gasping at the idea that gender is and always has been a spectrum and other people strongly affirming the importance of LGBTIQA  inclusion in all spaces including, in this case, o...

India: Decriminalisation must pave the way to positive rights
India: Decriminalisation must pave the way to positive rights 10 September 2018 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the verdict of the Supreme Court of India on 6 September 2018 decriminalising consensual sex between all adults, irrespective of gender. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code – a remnant of the British colonial era and Victorian morality – has long been an issue fought against by activists. The court has finally...

Joint statement: Major gains on women's and girls' rights at the Human Rights Council 38th session
Joint statement: Major gains on women's and girls' rights at the Human Rights Council 38th session 10 July 2018 The Center for Reproductive Rights, the Sexual Rights Initiative, the Association for Progressive Communications, the International Service for Human Rights, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, the World Young Women Christian Association

The Center for Reproductive Rights, the Sexual Rights Initiative, the Association for Progressive Communications, the International Service for Human Rights, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education and the World Young Women's Christian Association welcome the major gains on women’s and girls’ rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights at the 38th session of the Human Right...

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