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Sexuality online in Lebanon and USA: Censorship is not the answer
Sexuality online in Lebanon and USA: Censorship is not the answer 11 July 2011 Mavic Cabrera-Balleza

Controlling — or filtering — what people can and can’t see online related to sex however well intentioned can have a profoundly negative impact. Censorship affects not only sexual expression but blocks access to sexual education and important movement-building tools for LGBTI activists.    

Sex rights activists organise in secret on the net
Sex rights activists organise in secret on the net 11 July 2011 Esther Nasikye

For years sexual rights activists in repressive societies have been using the internet as a means to communicate, organise and express their sexuality without fear of persecution. Thanks to EroTICs, this vibrant ecosystem of human connections is being studied for the first time.    

Sexual minorities marginalised in internet policy debates in Brazil
Sexual minorities marginalised in internet policy debates in Brazil 11 July 2011 Flavia Fascendini

The EroTICs research team in Brazil studied the complex relationship between sexual minorities and internet policy. Their findings show that these groups were routinely ignored in debates surrounding internet regulation.

EroTICs raises fascinating questions about sex and the internet, say experts
EroTICs raises fascinating questions about sex and the internet, say experts 11 July 2011 GJ

APC’s two-year research into sexuality and the internet reveals that contrary to popular opinion sexuality online is about much more than porn. As the EroTICs research is about to publish its complete findings next month, experts Clarissa Smith, Katharine Sarikakis and Pramada Menon critique.

New research on sexuality and the internet is an “eye-opener”
New research on sexuality and the internet is an “eye-opener” 26 April 2011 KAH and AF

“It was an eye-opener,” says privacy advocate Gus Hosein when he talks about the findings from APC’s exploratory research on sexuality and the internet in Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa, and USA. And it’s given him some good ammunition with which to field those annoying radio callers who question the need for privacy online.

EROTICS: Exploratory research on sexuality and the internet (executive summary)
EROTICS: Exploratory research on sexuality and the internet (executive summary) 17 February 2011 Jac sm Kee et al

APC’S EROTICS project conducted research on sexuality and the internet in five countries: Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa and the United States. This issue paper contains executive summaries for each country as well as an incisive introduction by EROTICS coordinator Jac sm Kee.    

Censorship, sexuality and the internet
Censorship, sexuality and the internet 30 April 2010 APC

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 conten...

Sexuality is at the heart of internet regulation debates in Brazil
Sexuality is at the heart of internet regulation debates in Brazil 30 April 2010 CLAM and Sex Politics Watch

Proposals to fight cybercrime have been floating around in Brazil for more than a decade but the backers – primarily banks and music companies worried about internet fraud and unauthorised music sharing – couldn’t find public or parliamentary support till they switched their focus to child pornography. Lula has refused to sanction online censorship and the government has opene...

South Africans use transgender community website to “rehearse” their new identities
South Africans use transgender community website to “rehearse” their new identities 30 April 2010 Jeanne Prinsloo

Two out of three gay South African respondents to an online survey said that going online had helped them accept their sexual orientation and many admitted to coming out online before they did so offline. But the voices of transgender people rarely appear in studies and surveys. To address the gap, APC EroTICs researcher Jeanne Prinsloo of the University of Grahamstown looks at the use of a tra...

Content filtering in US libraries is haphazard
Content filtering in US libraries is haphazard 30 April 2010 Sex Work Awareness

Freedom of speech and its flipside, access to information, is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. However federally-funded libraries are required to prevent people under eighteen accessing “harmful” content. Kevicha Echols and Melissa Ditmore investigate the use of internet filters on public library computers and find that measures adopted by libraries range from insta...

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