Thursday, 7 October 2010

[creative-radio] Gender Peripheries of IGF 2010


Hi everyone,

the post-igf edition is out! There is number of good writings and reflections so hard to recommend. But definitely don't miss Karen Banks editorial, and the interview with Valeria and Dafne on LAC regional process.

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*GENDER CENTRED: A thematic bulletin*
   APC WNSP –, 7 October 2010
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*Gender Peripheries of Internet Governance Forum 2010*

I.  THOUGHTS AROUND…Looking for gender in the IGF agenda
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The fifth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) which took place from 14-17 September 2010 in Vilnius, Lithuania is over. Have we got any closer to strengthening the role of the internet in defending and realising women's rights and sexual rights? What experiences and gains have women rights advocates brought back home from this forum? How do they feel about the debates and the outcomes of the IGF?  Did they succeed in illustrating that gender and sexual rights perspectives can bring innovative solutions to key internet governance themes?  "The passion to express feelings, reflections, assessments and analysis is evident in the  numerous blog posts and the largest 'hash-tag' twitter cloud for the IGF", states Karen Banks, a longstanding gender and ICT advocate and our guest editor for this edition. But there is still a long way to go, and we can only hope the renewed energy of women's and sexual rights advocates and their commitment to the internet
governance debates will sustain till the next IGF in Kenya – the signs from the IGF itself are very promising.

Katerina, Flavia and Sonia from the team
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Follow @GenderITorg on Twitter and join the conversation on internet governance, communication rights, violence against women... Post your readings, questions and thoughts using the hashtag  #genderit (or #genderitES for Spanish).

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I. THOUGHTS AROUND…Looking for gender in the IGF agenda
by Karen Banks, the APC's Strategic Technologies and Network Development Manager

"Fifteen years ago, a small but determined group of women's rights and media/ICT activists fought to include media and ICTs as one of the 12 critical areas of concern in the fourth UN World Conference on Women Beijing Platform For Action. Remarkably visionary for it's time, the text, binding on all governments, called for the universal recognition of the rights of all women to participate in and 'have access to expression and decision-making in and through the media and new technologies of communication'.

Ten years ago, armed with 'the 'J' Chapter', (as it's still called), an embryonic global network of women's rights and gender advocates took up the challenge of integrating those rights into the full agenda of the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process..."

Read the full editorial at:

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*Is Pakistan putting the UN Millennium Goals at risk?*
"The discussions I witnessed at IGF 2010 really brought home to me the scale of the challenges we still face, if we are to make meaningful progress towards the goals of the IGF in general, and MDG3 in particular." Nighat Dad from the Pakistan MDG3: Take Back the Tech! project assesses the outcomes of IGF and the Millenium Development Goals in the context of national debates and women's rights.

*Lebanon: Queering the internet*
tq from the Lebanon EroTICs team reports back about her participation at the IGF. She reflects on strategy and queer history on the Internet: "Last week, I went to Vilnius, Lithuania to represent the Lebanon team of the APC's Exploratory Research Project into Sexuality and the Internet (EroTICs) at the UN Internet Governance Forum. Yes, it's a bit weird to see "erotics" and the UN in the same sentence. Brandishing a red badge that said "http://erotics" as we navigated the conference's corridors of power was indeed a strange and awkward experience that many of us ErOtics-izers, I think, have not yet grasped..."

*Dot gay: What are the implications?*
It was in a dynamic coalition session on freedom of expression and freedom of the media on the internet that Schubert announced that the domain name, "dot gay" was in the pipeline. The domain name hopes to incorporate all lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer sites under one domain. Nyx from the South African EroTICs team looks at who is excluded, and the potential impact of a 'dot gay' domain on queer communities.

*Why I took a long flight to Vilnius*
Francoise Mukuku, a country partner of the MDG3: Take Back the Tech! project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), examines the role that mass media plays as the fourth estate or power in the world, and looks at how convergence and large media companies are threatening the positive achievements of the internet in helping to create diversity, freedom of expression and greater focus on human rights reporting: "...Meanwhile, the forgotten crises are forgotten forever. Domestic violence that women and children experience everyday can't compete with war in Afghanistan..."

*Close Encounters*
This is the third time Maya Ganesh, the Indian partner on APC's ERoTics project, is attending the Internet Governance Forum and she has never really expected anything too extraordinary to happen here. She finds her expectations challenged when she meets with two representatives of the ICM Registry and IFFOR (the International Foundation for Online Responsibility) at a session on Sexual Rights, Openness and Regulatory Systems - who are interested in the work of the EroTICS team.

*Gender in the online news: The 2010 GMMP*
"Since the 1995 conference in Beijing, the Global Media Monitoring Project has provided a snapshot of gender imbalances in the world's media, once every five years. This year, they expanded the coverage from the 'traditional' media to take a look at the internet. Unfortunately, their findings were not encouraging," states Sonia Randhawa in her blog post summarizing fresh findings of the 2010 GMMP.

To read more Feminist Talk's posts and debates on gender and sexual rights peripheries of  the Internet Governance Forum 2010  go to:

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*Latin America in the run-up to the IGF: global and regional synergy*
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), NUPEF and the Registry of Internet Domain Names for Latin America and the Caribbean sponsored the Third Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held in Ecuador in early August 2010. How might this regional meeting and the IGF impact each other? What recommendations and concerns emerged from the regional process? To what extent were gender issues represented at the Latin American meeting? Valeria Betancourt, Latin America policy coordinator for APC and Dafne Plou, regional coordinator of APC WNSP in Latin America, have some answers.

*Sexual rights, openness and regulatory systems*
The summary of the 'Sexual rights, openness and regulatory systems' workshop co-organized by APC WNSP, Centre for Internet and Society and Alternative Law Forum at the Internet Governance Forum(IGF) in Vilnius, Lithuania on September 14 2010. T. Q. from the Lebanon EroTICs team speaks about the history of the local queer movement which correlates with the development of the internet in Lebanon. Clarissa Smith, a UK-based researcher representing the Onscenity network, examines sexuality, porn and the internet from the users point of view. Joy Liddicoat, a New Zealand Human Rights commissioner, shares her experiences and views on developing regulatory systems that recognize and realize the rights of sexual and gender minorities.

*Internet Governance Issues on Sexuality and Women's Rights*
In preparation for this year's IGF, APC WNSP and the Alternative Law Forum have prepared a briefing document highlighting key issues on internet regulation that are relevant for gender equality and sexuality. The brief also brings to the debate findings from various research initiatives undertaken by APC and key partners, including a cross-country research initiative - EroTICs - that is being conducted in five countries: Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa and the United States.

*APC Brief on the Fifth Internet Governance Forum*
In this document, APC presents in brief some of the most pressing issues to be debated in the IGF's fifth year of existence. Among other priority topics, APC highlights the emerging debates around privacy, security and openness framed from the perspective of women's rights and sexual rights. APC also supports and aims to facilitate increased participation by women's rights and sexual rights advocates in the IGF process, both remotely and on-site.

See also:
Nurani Nimpuno: "it's been an increase of women participating" (audio)

Fatimata Seye Sylla: Not to have others speaking for us (video)

You can find other articles and resources concerning the Internet Governance Forum at:

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*internet governance*
A working definition of internet governance is the development and application by governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the internet.
Source:Tunis Agenda for the Information Society

*Internet Governance Forum*
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on how the internet is run. It was set up at the end of 2005 by the United Nations Secretary-General following a resolution made by governments at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

See also:
*gender* :
*multi-stakeholder* :
*domain name* :
*violence against women* :

To understand unfamiliar ICT or gender terms visit the Jargon section:

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@endVAW: 'freedom of expression must be measured by how strongly you protect the opinions you disagree with'

@jhybe: 'net neutrality is increasingly negotiated in smaller circles. but users are the ones who have to live with decisions.'

@MwanaMpwo: 'there is no copy right in Africa, but there is the right to copy ..hahaha'

@mayameme:  'the IGF needs to show exhaustion & boredom from hearing about gender. The kind of boredom I feel when I hear "cloud computing"'

@anjakovacs: '"The Internet has its dangers, but is not a dangerous place" - @mayameme at#ws96 #igf10'

@NyxMcLean: 'question: once we have access to the internet, what do we have access to?'

@manzibarr: Real research on pornography being discussed at #igf10 instead of imagined immoralities.think thats may be a breakthrough thanks

@APC_News: '@tq "in a country where homosexuality is a crime, the internet has played a central role"'

To read other conversation on #gender peripheries of the Internet Governance Forum in Vilnius (#igf10) shared on Twitter go to:

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More information at:

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