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- What Studying the Impact of Surveillance on Women Can Teach Us About Power A new research project that examines the impact of surveillance on women offers wider answers about the relationship between data, power and autonomy.
- Unless online giants stop the abuse of free speech, democracy and innovation is threatened The German government proposed fining Facebook and Twitter up to $53 million for failing to remove abuse, slander, fake news and hate speech within 24 hours once again threw into sharp relief the differences between Europe and the U.S. in attitudes to online content. If followed through, such a law would make it the most draconian clampdown by a European country on an online network.
- This Journalist Is Going Through Hell For Exposing Illegal Beach Sand Mining In Tamil Nadu The Network of Women in Media, India released a statement.
- Internet is helping feminist movementsOnline activism has been effective in calling out sexism and misogyny, says Geeta Seshu.
- Good intentions aren’t enough. Maneka Gandhi’s battle against online abuse is a political battleA month after the minister announced that a special cyber cell will deal with the abuse of women by bullies on social media, it’s business as usual for trolls.
- Amy Kazmin, South Asia bureau chief of the Financial Times reviews ‘I Am a Troll’ by Swati ChaturvediCyber bullies and how social media is used to attack political opponents.
- What Online Harassers Really Want. Q&A with Nighat DadWhat they really want isn’t freedom of speech for all, but freedom for their speech, and no one else’s.
- The threats and abuse outspoken Pakistani women receive The renewed debate over women’s right to speak out online, in the wake of the “honour killing” of Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch.
- Gendering Surveillance A new report hopes to make more concrete the multifaceted ways in which widespread surveillance shapes and harms our lives. Gendering surveillance deepens and sharpens the debate, allowing us to move it forward in new and profoundly empowering ways.
- The Report of the Best Practices Forum on Online Abuse and Gender-Based Violence Against Women and Girls
The report by Internet Governance Forum 2015 found that online abuse and gender-based violence have to be studied keeping in mind offline/physical environments, and potential repercussions in offline/physical environments. The Report suggests that relief and redress to victims of online abuse must be prioritised over criminalisation.
- Challenging Patriarchy through the lens of Privacy This special briefing by the Privacy International for International Women’s Day, 2017 explores concerns related to online privacy, surveillance, women’s rights and gender.
- Misogyny on Twitter
A study by Jamie Bartlett et al (Demos, 2014) analyses tweets using the word ‘rape’, and misogynist words like ‘slut’, whore’ to understand what drives the traffic and who is using these words. The conclusions are surprising.
- New Challenges to Freedom of Expression: Countering Online Abuse of Female Journalists, OSCE, 2016
- Don’t Let it Stand: An Exploratory Study of Women and Verbal Online Abuse in India by Anja Kovacs, Richa Kaul Padte and Shobha SV, Internet Democracy Project, 2013
- ‘“Violence” Online In India: Cybercrimes Against Women & Minorities on Social Media’ by Japleen Pasricha. (Feminism in India and Freedom House), 2016
- Violence and Harassment Against Women in the News Media, IWMF (2013)
- IFJ South Asia Media Bulletin, February 2023 02/15/2023 Download
- IFJ South Asia Media Bulletin, January 2023 01/18/2023 Download
- Nepal Press Freedom report 2022 01/03/2023 Download