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loudtalks — ad alta voce – glasno! è stato uno dei miei blog bilingue che si rivolgeva a chiunque fosse interessat@ di balcani e più in generale a chiunque li attraversi e ne sia attraversat@.

balcani con la b minuscola come minuscole sono le cose di cui scrivo, non perchè siano meno rilevanti, pensate, sentite, riflettute ma perchè vengono da una persona come tante/i. Una cittadina formale di un pase, l’italia, e reale di un altro, la bosnia herzegovina. Una migrante per scelta, che vive il margine come spazio politico dell’essere altr@ dal pensiero Unico, questo si, con la maiuscola.

In questo spazio ho scritto, commentato ad alta voce quanto accaduto, non accaduto e/o sarebbe dovuto/potuto accadere. E mi sono anche divertita ridendo ad alta voce.

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Autocracy 2.0 at the Internet Governance Forum

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

Censorship walks, a feminist view of the Internet Governance Forum

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”