gender and ICTs

From buttocks to electronic bracelets: How governments are using cybercrime laws to target women and LGBTQIA+ people
From buttocks to electronic bracelets: How governments are using cybercrime laws to target women and LGBTQIA+ people 08 January 2024 Gaurav Jain

Governments everywhere are using cybercrime laws to criminalise women and LGBTQIA+ people, increase surveillance and reduce freedom of expression. A new Derechos Digitales and APC report discusses 11 such cases in nine countries and calls for rethinking the nature of these laws.

The Feminist Principles for including gender in the Global Digital Compact
The Feminist Principles for including gender in the Global Digital Compact 06 October 2023

The Global Digital Compact (GDC) is expected to “outline shared principles for an open, free and secure digital future for all”. The GDC must be based on universal standards that adopt a human rights-based approach and must also recognise the differentiated impact that information and communications technologies have on women, girls and people of diverse genders and sexualities. The development of these feminist principles has been a dynamic and multifaceted process, drawing inspi...

New GenderIT.org edition explores algorithmic anxieties and feminist futures in the Middle East and North Africa
New GenderIT.org edition explores algorithmic anxieties and feminist futures in the Middle East and North Africa 21 August 2023 GenderIT.org

This edition of GenderIT.org came together at a time of daily breaking news around artificial intelligence and the risks it poses. In the MENA region, these problems are compounded with a litany of daily struggles, the most devastating of these being occupation, war, conflict and displacement.

New GenderIT.org edition: A feminist conversation on cybersecurity
New GenderIT.org edition: A feminist conversation on cybersecurity 27 July 2023

This edition focuses on the human dimension of cybersecurity, asking how cybersecurity policies developed from the centres of political, economic and epistemological power affect those at the margins, and how we can think about cybersecurity from a feminist perspective.

APC at the OEWG II fifth substantive session
APC at the OEWG II fifth substantive session 24 July 2023 Verónica Ferrari

APC is currently participating in the fifth substantive session of the UN Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of ICT in the context of international security (OEWG), where it will continue to emphasise the need for a human rights-based approach to the work of the group.

The siren song of subservience: Perpetuation of gender stereotypes in AI through pop culture
The siren song of subservience: Perpetuation of gender stereotypes in AI through pop culture 07 July 2023 Beatrix Kondo for GenderIT.org

Technology is constantly evolving, with new advances in areas like artificial intelligence which, on one hand, claims to help humans in making tasks easy, but on the other, reinforces harmful societal stereotypes. This piece explores the portrayal of gender through AI in pop culture and chatbots.

When protection becomes threat: Cybercrime regulation as a tool for silencing women and LGBTQIA+ people around the world
When protection becomes threat: Cybercrime regulation as a tool for silencing women and LGBTQIA+ people around the world 30 June 2023 Derechos Digitales

Derechos Digitales has mapped cases involving the abusive use of cybercrime regulation to silence and criminalise women and LGBTQIA+ people around the world, and the results warn of the inherent danger of imposing international standards in this matter without building in human rights safeguards.

How the APC network has engaged with the UN's Global Digital Compact to help shape our digital future
How the APC network has engaged with the UN's Global Digital Compact to help shape our digital future 06 June 2023 Maja Romano

The UN's Global Digital Compact (GDC) seeks to develop a common understanding of key digital principles by taking an inclusive approach to internet governance. The APC network has been actively engaging in the GDC process by participating in numerous UN-led consultations, discussions and submissions.

Joint submission to the Global Digital Compact on gender
Joint submission to the Global Digital Compact on gender 28 April 2023 Various

This joint submission is a response to the Global Digital Compact (GDC) consultation process and its expected outcome to outline shared principles for an open, free and secure digital future for all.

Derechos Digitales and APC contribution to the Ad Hoc Committee to Elaborate a Comprehensive International Convention on Countering the Use of Information and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes – Fifth Session
Derechos Digitales and APC contribution to the Ad Hoc Committee to Elaborate a Comprehensive International Convention on Countering the Use of Information and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes – Fifth Session 27 April 2023 Derechos Digitales and APC

Given that digital technologies and the laws and norms that govern them have the potential to perpetuate and worsen pre-existing structural inequalities, APC and Derechos Digitales believe that a central element of this future convention should be the integration of a gender perspective.

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