May 2014 14

Workshop on Gender, Sexuality and Internet

Open Space, B 1, Hermes Vishal, Lane No.7, Koregaon Park, Pune, 11 am-3pm

The Centre for Communication and Development Studies (CCDS) (Pune) in collaboration with Point of View (Mumbai) and EROTICS invite you to participate in a workshop in Pune titled ‘Connect Your Rights: Gender, Sexuality and the Internet’. Anja Kovacs will speak at the event about the Internet Democracy Project’s research on women and online abuse in India.

The workshop is a half-day meeting that will bring together users, activists and academics, to contribute to making the internet a more democratic space through people’s voices, thoughts and actions.

The workshop will explore issues related to agency, risk and morality in the online lives of women; pornography and its discontents; and online violence.

A working lunch will be provided. Please confirm your participation: seating is limited. To register, call Anjula Srivastava at CCDS at 020 – 26150184. There is no registration fee.

Programme details #

11.00am-11.15am: Introduction

11.15am-12.15pm: I: Gender, sexuality and the internet

Imagine a feminist internet — Bishakha Datta

Does your mother know? Agency, risk and morality in the online lives of young women in Mumbai — Manjima Bhattacharjya

Tea break

12.30pm‑1.30pm: II: Porn and its discontents

10 reasons why online porn should not be banned in India — Bishakha Datta

Peeping Tom Porn: amateur porn and consent — Rohini Lakshane

1.30pm‑2.00pm: Lunch

2.00pm‑3.00pm: III: Online violence

Don’t let It stand! Online gendered abuse in India — Anja Kovacs

About speakers: #

Bishakha Datta writes and films non-fiction, thinks about gender, sexuality and the internet, runs the non-profit Point of View in Mumbai, and is part of the Wikipedia family. @busydot

Rohini Lakshane is a former technology journalist and a Wikipedian. Her core interests include openness’, technology for good and online civil liberties. @aldebaran

Manjima Bhattacharjya is a researcher and feminist activist working independently with many types of non-profits around the world on issues of gender, sexuality, violence, technology and labour, and is a board member of two feminist NGOs: Jagori in Delhi and Point of View in Mumbai.

Anja Kovacs directs the Internet Democracy Project, Delhi, where her work focuses on questions regarding freedom of expression, cyber security and the architecture of Internet governance as they relate to the Internet and democracy. @anjakovacs