Feminist Principles of the Internet

APC at IGF 2014: Bishakha Datta on the Feminist Principles of the Internet
APC at IGF 2014: Bishakha Datta on the Feminist Principles of the Internet 19 October 2014 ET

Feminist activist and filmmaker Bishakha Datta of Point of View (India) helped draft the groundbreaking Feminist Principles of the Internet. An initiative of APC’s Women’s Rights Programme, this tool for advancing internet rights was launched at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey in September 2014. APC’s Elvira Truglia spoke to Datta during the IGF about the relevance of the Feminist Principles of the Internet.

Never mind the nipples: Sex, gender and social media
Never mind the nipples: Sex, gender and social media 16 September 2014 Bishakha Datta

This article is based on the speech given by Bishakha Datta at the Disco-Tech event organised by APC that took place at the 2014 Internet Governance Forum in Turkey. Five snippets from three months. In August, Indian actress Poonam Pandey dons a bikini for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and posts a video of it on Facebook. Facebook’s reaction? Ban the page, which is followed by 2.1 million people. Why? We don’t know. In July, American teenager Samantha Newman instagrams photos of herself in...

Feminist Principles of the Internet
Feminist Principles of the Internet 09 September 2014 APC

Over three days, the participants discussed and debated intersections of gender, sexuality, and the internet – not only as a tool – but as a new public space. In thinking through these issues, the participants at the meeting developed a set of 15 feminist principles of the internet. These are designed to be an evolving document that informs our work on gender and technology, as well as infl...

APC launches "Feminist Principles of the Internet" at 2014 Internet Governance Forum
APC launches "Feminist Principles of the Internet" at 2014 Internet Governance Forum 03 September 2014 Nadine Moawad

On 1 September 2014, APC launched the “Feminist Principles of the Internet” at the Sexual Rights Pre-Event of the 2014 Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey.

"Keep it open, baby": Building principles for a feminist internet
"Keep it open, baby": Building principles for a feminist internet 22 April 2014 Flavia Fascendini

APC held a global meeting on gender, sexuality and the internet in Malaysia between 12 and 17 April, to explore and develop the collective understanding of what a feminist internet looks like. One of the goals of the meeting was to find, within a sex-positive queer framework, an agreement on core feminist principles for a transformative internet, in order to develop a set of evolving Feminist P...

APC launches collaborative initiative to protect, promote and defend sexual rights online
APC launches collaborative initiative to protect, promote and defend sexual rights online 03 April 2014 Shawna Finnegan

From April 12th – 17th, APC’s Women’s Rights and Communications Information Policy programmes will bring together activists working in the sexual rights movement and internet rights movement to a global dialogue on Gender, Sexuality and the Internet in Port Dickson, Malaysia. As part of this meeting, APC will launch a new collaborative initiative to protect, promote and defend the rights...

Five principles for a feminist approach to technology
Five principles for a feminist approach to technology 14 March 2013 Richa Kaul Padte

When most people think about women and technology, the two things may seem incongruent: a cartoon visualisation of a woman struggling to use the toaster; a joke about women drivers; female executives calling in ‘the IT guys’ to fix their computers. At best, the relationship of women to technology is seen as one-sided – something that men have created and continue to shape, and that women ...

The Feminist Tech eXchange - more than just a meet up
The Feminist Tech eXchange - more than just a meet up 14 June 2010 APC

In 2008, APC member Women’sNet partnered with the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and the APC women’s programme (APC WNSP) to bring the first Feminist Tech Exchange to South Africa. Preceding the AWID Forum held in Cape Town for delegates from around the world, the Feminist Tech Exchange was an enormously successful training exchange event. In 2009 Women’sNet was se...

EROTICS: The first findings
EROTICS: The first findings 28 April 2010

Put new technology and sex together and it seems 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 multitude of reasons and the principal reason cited by governments acr...

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

Read the text below or download the pdf. Women, internet and sexuality Put 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 mul...

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