Oct 192007

25 Nov to 10 Dec

What is the campaign about?

It is simply a call for every person颅 women and men, who uses online communications (ICTs), e.g. for chatting, emailing, blogging, doing websites or developing tools, to use ICTs for activism against VAW (violence against women) for 16 days.

Primarily, we are asking women and girls to “Take Back The Tech!” But you don’t have to be female to disagree with violence faced by women and be part of the campaign to transform gender relations. Unequal power relations lie at the heart of VAW, and this is apparent from the streets to online spaces. So we are saying technology should be used for equality, not to perpetuate violence.

The question is, how?

Make a postcard

First is to understand how the issue relates to you in your own context. As part of the take back the tech campaign, we are featuring ‘postcards’ on the campaign website. The idea is to think about how ICTs and VAW connect in your own experience and reality. One (potentially fun!) way to do explore this connection is by making a postcard 馃檪

Email us an image of your postcard(s) that answers these two basic questions:
1) “If I had…..” [use or control over a kind of ICT]
2) “I could….” [do something concrete about your experience of violence against women]

“If I had a phone, I could call someone when he hits my mother”;
“If I had knowledge on how to track online users, I could find out who has been harassing me on these forums”;
“If I had a videocamera, I could make erotica for women instead”

Anything you can think of…

Postcards can made out of anything: a word document, piece of paper, photograph, image etc. Use any language you are comfortable in (if possible, translate the text in either english, spanish or french). Send it to us in PDF, JPEG, GIF, RTF or DOC format, ideally not less than 500 x 350 pixels in size. You can check the campaign website for an example.

Questions and submissions to: ideas@takebackthetech.net
* How many hours a day do you spend using some kind of ICT tool?
* Have you ever wondered how it connects with violence against women?*
* Can things like mobile phones, webcams, blogs and videogames transform power relations between women and men?*

From 25 November to 10 December, APC Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) invites you to take back the tech! For 16 days, this campaign engages you to think about how your use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) can work to eliminate, or perpetuate violence against women (VAW).

The root cause of VAW lies in unequal power relations between men and women in almost all facets of life. The field of ICTs faces the same gender disparity. As a result, digital spaces like the internet, broadcast and telecommunications have become defined and developed according to dominant masculist perspectives. This means that VAW that happened in physical spaces like the home and streets, are now also taking new forms and occurring in digital spaces. For example, domestic violence abusers have used tools like spyware and GPS to track and control their partner’s mobility.

APC WNSP believes that both ICTs and VAW affect our capacity to completely enjoy our human rights and fundamental freedoms. Our right to move freely without harassment or threats to safety also applies to digital spaces. This 16-day campaign is to reclaim our right to shape, define, participate, use and share all aspects related to ICTs. We are asking you to Take Back The Tech!, and re-create a vision and reality of technology that is founded on equality.
How Can You Take Back The Tech?
*Check Site*: visit www.takebackthetech.net, and keep checking daily from 25 Nov to 10 Dec.
*Take Action*: each day, there are different actions that you can do to take back the tech, from making postcards, snapping pictures to joining our blogging fest.
*Tech Tips & Tools*: find out tech tools and tips on using ICTs more securely; share what you know.
*Issue*: equip yourself with more information on how VAW & ICT connects.
*Talk Tech*: build discourse around the issue; share your story as knowledge comes from experience.
*Start Your Campaign*: there will be a campaign kit where you can start your own Take Back The Tech! campaign in wherever you are. Use the campaign site as a platform to highlight your initiative.
*Translate*: localise the campaign and make it relevant to your context by translating information, tech tips and more into your own language.
*Tag Yours*: put up the campaign banner on your site and widen the activism.

For more information and questions, send an email to: jac@apcwomen.org; or find jac on Yahoo! Instant Messenger, under the ID: jhybe.
25 Nov to 10 Dec

ka-BLOG! We want to take over the blogosphere for 16 days.

ka-BLOG! is a 16-day blog fest for the Take Back the Tech Campaign. It is open to anyone and everyone – girls, boys, everyone beyond and more — who wants to share their thoughts, write poetry and prose, post graphics / pictures, rant, rave, heckle, make snide remarks, stick their tongue out at violence against women, and how online communications can exacerbate or help eliminate VAW.
What is the campaign about?

It is simply a call for every person颅 women and men, who uses online communications (ICTs), e.g. for chatting, emailing, blogging, doing websites or developing tools, to use ICTs for activism against VAW (violence against women) for 16 days. Primarily, we are asking women and grrls to “Take Back The Tech!” But you don’t have to be female to disagree with violence faced by women and be part of the campaign to transform gender relations. Unequal power relations lie at the heart of VAW, and this is apparent from the streets to online spaces. So we are saying technology should be used for equality, not to perpetuate violence.
How to ka-BLOG?
1. *commit*: commit yourself to 16 days of blogging about violence against women and technology.
2. *email*: Email ideas@takebackthetech.net, with your blog address and name/handle/nick if you want to sign up as a Ka-BLOGger. f you don’t have a blog yet, this will be a great place to start! Email us, and we’ll send you links on how to start your own blog 馃檪
2. *identify*: make it known by putting a takebackthetech icon on your blog – create your own or grab a few icons from our Campaign Tools and Materials.
3. *post*: post something about the how you think violence against women connects with information communications technology? have a story? heard something quirky? snap a picture? think this is serious? doesn’t make much sense? anything at all! just post one thing a day from 25 nov to 10 dec on thinking about violence against women
4. tag it: use “takebackthetech” to tag your posts
5. link back: send in your bloglinks and and we’ll rss your posts to the campaign website throughout the 16 days
6. expand: widen the campaign to your readers by linking your blog to the campaign site.
What to ka-BLOG! About?

So long as it’s about violence against women (well, against) and how it connects to ICTs (and vice versa). So long as it’s about gender relations. So long as it’s about how women can have more control over technology. So long as it’s about women and gender equality.

It does not matter to us if the blog entries come in the form of jokes, limmericks, poetry, short stories, blurbs, graphics, pictures, articles, creative narratives.

We welcome bloggers in different languages!

So ka-BLOG! with us!

For more information on ka-BLOG!, go http://www.takebackthetech.net

[FYI. In Filipino slang, “ka-BLOG” would mean someone you blog with.]
Chat Garcia Ramilo
Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Networking Support Programme, (APC WNSP)
www.apcwomen.org www.apc.org www.genderIT.org

APC Forum is a meeting place for the APC community – people and institutions who are or have been involved in collaboration with APC, and share the APC vision – a world in which all people have easy, equal and affordable access to the creative potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to improve their lives and create more democratic and egalitarian societies.

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Oct 122007

Declaraci贸n de la Federaci贸n Europea de Derechos Digitales y llamamiento a la Acci贸n – 10 Octubre 2007
(Texto original en ingl茅s en la web de EDRI)

La Federaci贸n Europea de Derechos Digitales (EDRI)
expresa su profunda preocupaci贸n a la adopci贸n el 26 de septiembre
de 2007 por el Comit茅 de los ministros del Consejo de Europa (CdE) de
una nueva Recomendaci贸n sobre 芦la promoci贸n de la libertad de expresi贸n
y de informaci贸n en el nuevo entorno de la informaci贸n y de la
comunicaci贸n禄 (Rec(2007)11).

Haz clic aqu铆 para enviar un mensaje de soporte a esta declaraci贸n de EDRI.

La recomendaci贸n ha sido preparada por el grupo de especialistas
sobre derechos humanos en la sociedad de la informaci贸n (MC-S-IS)
del Consejo de Europa. Ha sido propuesta y discutida por los miembros
de este grupo desde diciembre 2005. Quer铆a originalmente ser un
instrumento destinado a 芦ir m谩s lejos en el desarrollo de principios y
l铆neas directrices para asegurar el respeto de los derechos
humanos y del Estado de derecho en la sociedad de la informaci贸n禄. El
texto se ha convertido finalmente en un conjunto de 芦l铆neas directrices
los papeles y las responsabilidades 茅ticas de los actores
gubernamentales y no gubernamentales clave禄, a promover a partir de
esta Recomendaci贸n por el Consejo de Europa. La versi贸n final del
documento de trabajo ha sido tambi茅n enmendada por el Comit茅 Director
sobre los medios de comunicaci贸n y los nuevos servicios de comunicaci贸n
(CDMC), del que el grupo MC-S-IS depende, y despu茅s enviada al Comit茅
de Ministros.

EDRI ha participado en las discusiones en su capacidad de observador
independiente no gubernamental del grupo MC-S-IS, sin derecho de voto.
Sin embargo, s贸lo una 铆nfima parte de las contribuciones de EDRI,
aportadas tanto en el transcurso de las reuniones como en forma de
comentarios y sugerencias mediante enmiendas escritas, ha sido tenidas
cuenta en el documento final.

Consideramos que el resultado promueve una 芦autorregulaci贸n禄 opaca y otros instrumentos de 芦derecho d茅bil禄 (soft law)
que obedecen a intereses privados y puestos en marcha por
mecanismos t茅cnicos. En consecuencia, tememos fuertemente que la
Recomendaci贸n haga fracasar la libertad de expresi贸n y de informaci贸n
en el entorno de Internet.

La Recomendaci贸n suscita igualmente preocupaciones espec铆ficas,
sobre todo por su secci贸n II (芦Normas comunes y estrategias para una
informaci贸n fiable, la creaci贸n de contenidos flexibles y la
transparencia en el tratamiento de la informaci贸n禄).

Hace referencia a un contenido o una 芦informaci贸n fiable禄, que no
hace sino recordar la 芦informaci贸n oficial禄 de las peores 茅pocas
anteriores. Eso es dif铆cilmente compatible con la promoci贸n de la
libertad de expresi贸n y de informaci贸n, que es el objetivo de este

Adem谩s, esta secci贸n llama a equilibrar la libertad de
expresi贸n y de comunicaci贸n con los derechos de los dem谩s a respetar
芦valores y sensibilidades禄. Sabiendo que los 芦valores y sensibilidades禄
var铆an no solamente en el tiempo y el espacio, sino tambi茅n entre
diferentes fracciones de la poblaci贸n, tal menci贸n es seguramente
contraria a los antecedentes del CdE,
y de todas formas va bien m谩s all谩 de las restricciones identificadas
al p谩rrafo 2 del Art铆culo 10 de la Convenci贸n Europea de los Derechos
Humanos, como lo ha subrayado repetidas veces la jurisprudencia del
Tribunal Europeo de los Derechos Humanos.
Adem谩s, y en el objetivo de imponer tal equilibrio, la secci贸n II de la
Recomendaci贸n fomenta el desarrollo por el sector privado y los Estados
Miembros de herramientas y est谩ndares para la evaluaci贸n y el
etiquetado de contenidos y servicios. EDRI lamenta que el CdE
fomente tal tendencia en detrimento de la transparencia y de la
responsabilidad de las pol铆ticas p煤blicas as铆 como de una legislaci贸n
claramente respetuosa de los derechos fundamentales, la democracia y el
estado de derecho.

EDRI considera esta Recomendaci贸n perjudicial y regresiva para la libertad de expresi贸n y la libertad de prensa. EDRI
est谩 seriamente preocupado por la posibilidad que tales instrumentos
sean utilizados para legitimizar modos sutiles de censura, a trav茅s de
la censura privada y las medidas de protecci贸n contra contenidos considerados ofensivos.

EDRI continuar谩 su participaci贸n en el grupo MC-S-IS
en tanto que observador independiente activo, y seguir谩 sensibilizando
el p煤blico sobre las tem谩ticas de este grupo. Sabiendo que otros textos
est谩n actualmente en preparaci贸n por este mismo grupo MC-S-IS, existe
un riesgo de que la tendencia mostrada por esta Recomendaci贸n se
confirme. Con el fin de evitar tales riesgos, EDRI necesita tu apoyo.

Informaciones complementarias:

Actividades de EDRI en relaci贸n con el CdE (todos los documentos en ingl茅s):

Sobre EDRI:

La Federaci贸n European Digital Rights es una asociaci贸n
internacional a objetivo no lucrativo (AISBL) fundada seg煤n la ley
belga en Junio 2002. Sus objetivos consisten en la defensa y la
promoci贸n de los derechos humanos en el terreno de las tecnolog铆as de
la informaci贸n y de la comunicaci贸n. EDRI
participa activamente en los desarrollos sobre estos temas en los 45
Estados miembros del Consejo de Europa. Actualmente, 28
organizaciones de defensa de la privacidad y de los derechos civiles
son miembros de EDRI, cubriendo 17 pa铆ses europeos. Desde Enero de
2003, EDRI publica EDRI-gram, un bolet铆n electr贸nico quincenal sobre
derechos civiles en la sociedad de la informaci贸n en Europa. Para m谩s
informaci贸n: www.edri.org. Contacto: board@edri.org. Contacto prensa:

Pangea es miembro de EDRI desde 2007.

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