Queering The Internet: Sexual Expression and Censorship in Digital Domains

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Queering The Internet: Sexual Expression and Censorship in Digital Domains
Presenter(s) Bishakha Datta, Jac SM Kee, Lulu V Barrera
Title(s) Executive Director, Women's RIghts Director,
Organization(s) Point of View, APC, Luchadoras
Project(s) EroTICs: Exploratory Research in ICTS & Sexuality
Country(ies) India, Malaysia, Mexico
Social media @busydot, @jhybe, @luchadorasTV
2017 theme Regions & Groups

How do women and LGBTI groups use the internet to explore and express their sexualities and gender identities? Why and how do expressions of sexuality become legally defined as 'obscene'? How do online regulations, including censorship, impact the freedom of sexual expression and the assertion of sexual rights?

These are some of the key questions activists from India, Malaysia and Mexico will explore via a panel discussion that is structured like a conversation. Collectively, we work on women's rights, sexual rights and digital rights - our research, which we will share in this session, is based at the intersection of these three rights.

The research done in these three countries leads to more questions that resonate at the global level:

  • What types of sexual content are regulated online (including information on LGBT rights, sex education, abortion, and sexual expression)?
  • Who are the gatekeepers, and what pretexts are used to justify this violation?
  • How can the global internet community work with sexual and gender rights activists to uphold internet freedom for all users?

Some of the research that will provide the basis for this conversation is part of the EroTICs project. EroTICs (Exploratory Research on Sexuality and ICTs) is a global network of 50 activists, academics, and organizations working at the intersection of sexual and digital rights. We work on sexuality issues including LGBT rights, sex works, sex education, SRHR rights, and gender-based violence, in addition to internet freedom advocates, policy experts, and techies.

Format Panel Discussion
Target Groups Digital rights activists, journalists and media, communications professionals
Length 1 hour
Skill Level Novice
Language English

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