Content regulation, surveillance and sexuality rights - Privacy, Agency, and Security

18 November 2009 - A Workshop on Openness in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

Agenda

This workshop opens with the OpenNet Initiative-Asia documentary, directed by Subasri Krishnan and Namita A. Malhotra, which looks at the dynamics of internet censorship and surveillance practices as experienced in the everyday lives of people across different parts of Asia. It presents a site to unpack the contesting rights of privacy, security and openness for a plurality of users who access and use the internet in the exercise of their rights and freedoms. The concepts of "harmful content" and "protection" have been anchoring this debate, both at the IGF and at national and regional fronts in policy development, resulting in implementation of filtering software at various levels of access, greater reliance on surveillance practices in governance and the development of legal instruments for regulation, protection and redress.

This workshop organised by APC WNSP and Alternative Law Forum, aims to further the analysis around this area of contesting rights and surface best practices and potential strategies through: 1) documentation of the impact of content regulation and surveillance practices on the rights of users in a diversity of contexts and realities, particularly women; 2) the extensive initiatives, monitoring efforts and policy developments that have been undertaken on this issue by multiple stakeholders in the area of women's rights and sexuality rights; 3) bringing in new knowledge through two cross-country research projects - ONI-Asia and EroTICs - on the area of internet content regulation, sexuality rights and women's rights in five regions. This is also critical in order to deepen the participation of primary constituents and actors who are consistently cited as the intended beneficiaries in this debate, namely young people and women, into conversation with the State and private sector.

Speakers are as follows:

1) Wieke Vink, Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Holland
2) Sonia Correa, Co-chair, Sexuality Policy Watch (SPW), Brazil
3) Jehan Ara, President, Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & 
ITES (P@SHA), Pakistan
4) Simon Davies, Networking & Events officer, Outeverywhere.com and
Director, Privacy International , UK

Opening short documentary: OpenNet Initiative-Asia documentary, directed 
by Subasri Krishnan and Namita A. Malhotra, which looks at the dynamics 
of internet censorship and surveillance practices as experienced in the 
everyday lives of people across different parts of Asia.

Moderator: Jac sm Kee, Women's Rights and ICT Policy Coordinator, 
Association for Progressive Communications, Women's Networking Support 
Programme, Malaysia