IGF 2012, Baku did change anything?

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Originally published on One World Platform Internet rights, Womens rights and on Human rights must be encoded into the fabric of internet governance dialogues on 12 November 2012, GenderIT.org

valentina hvale pellizzer - IGF Baku, closing speech - civil society
valentina hvale pellizzer – IGF Baku, closing speech – civil society

Looking backward to the Baku Internet Governance Forum did change anything or its just worsening? It was November 6-9, 2012, the Seventh Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum was held in Azerbaijan, dedicated to the topic “Internet Governance for Sustainable Human, Economic and Social Development”. Continue reading “IGF 2012, Baku did change anything?”

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In the continuum of #privacy and #data

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privacy by g4ll4is on flickr.com
privacy by g4ll4is on flickr.com

I have always regard myself as a public person. It is not so much about me being “known” as much as being comfortable with being known and speaking/act publicly.

Still I have an intimacy, something inherently mine that I do not want to share with almost anyone and many many things I want to share with specific people.

When it comes to politic the line has always being blurry. As a feminist my practise is that the personal is political and the political, as we all know is public, so my personal most often had been, as I said, very much public. Continue reading “In the continuum of #privacy and #data”

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Autocracy 2.0 at the Internet Governance Forum

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Originally published on GenderIT.ot, Feminist talks

This is my first IGF, I have sneaked into the arena of Internet Governance during the WSIS. At that time I decided to retire and be a distant witness. This year I am here, listening, learning, observing and exercising my right to express my visions, my active feminist citizenship – which was censored today (7th Nov.) in the workshop 89 room 8 by the “aggressively moderate” Robert Guerra.

Baku, IGF venue - Image by Shawna Finnegan
Baku, IGF venue – Image by Shawna Finnegan

It would be a minor incident if was not for the fact that the workshop was entitled “civic liberties in the digital era” and we were listening to the experience of Emin Milli, a writer, about Autocracy 2.0 as applied to him by the Azerbaijan regime.

Such paradoxical behaviour! Having expressed my profound dissent and leaving the room, having spoken its name, here I think that Autocracy 2.0 deserves more attention than the unstable moderator of the workshop gave it.

What is Autocracy 2.0? It is the subtle ability of a government to silence opposition. It counts on online freedom and the necessity to display dissent and then uses this to attack him/her in offline spaces (aka ‘real life’) and, if necessary, also attack close family and friends and, of course, threaten physical security. The highest threat remains imprisonment, with eventual liberation, in a way or another, and in a longer or shorter period.

So Autocracy 2.0 is not only the perfect framework for countries such as Azerbaijan but is also a perfect framework for all the imperfect democracies in which we live in, in our less or least developed countries. Balkans activists and journalists have a long experience past and present, and at the moment Macedonia is the most Autocratic 2.0 of all.

Image by Shawna Finnegan

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Censorship walks, a feminist view of the Internet Governance Forum

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Originally published on GenderIT.org, Feminist Talks

A big hangar, with a constant voice asking people to wear headphones and talk to each other through the microphones, an internet network that does not allow participants to be online simultaneously, with an average of only one person out of three being able to access full online services and the other two struggling with their different devices to reach out, comment and communicate what is happening and what should not have happened. Continue reading “Censorship walks, a feminist view of the Internet Governance Forum”

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Advocating for a Revolutionary Consciousness

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Originally published on GenderIT.org, Feminist talks

Another day had passed and tomorrow will be the last day of the AWID 2012 Forum.. At the end of day two I fell down, literally, I just fell. It did hurt but I stood up and went to the party a bit scored but, all in all, well.

others, name tags - AWID Fomrum 2012
others, name tags – AWID Fomrum 2012

The Underground Cistern is an incredible place from the Romans’ time, adapted to disco. But the drinks were far too expensive so a few friends of mine went out buying a bottle for what inside bought one drink. I left relatively early and went with C. outside talking all night about ourselves, our politics, our pasts, love, money, violence witnessed and much much more. Continue reading “Advocating for a Revolutionary Consciousness”

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