Cybersexism and gender-based violence highlighted

5 Dec 2017

The article Cybersexism is virtual, yet real and harmful opens with a slide saying 'Social media represents the main channel for psychological violence including death, rape, assault or abduction threats'. Highlighting the UN's UNiTE campaign to end violence against women, and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, the article also cites APC and UN Broadband Commission reports to explain the issues. This article is part of Egypt Today’s campaign 'Break the Silence ... Say No to Violence. Along these same priority lines, the Chayn project has published '16 tips to take control of your online life' from their DIY Guide to Online Safety.

                                  After being harassed or abused online infographic

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Women's rights online address online aspects of traditional women rights with respect to discrimination in the exercise of rights, the right to hold office, the right to equal pay and the right to education. Women represent more than half of the world’s population, yet their participation in technology-mediated processes is an area where progress is still needed.

Cybersecurity is among the main concerns of governments, Internet users, technical and business communities. Cyberthreats and cyberattacks are on the increase, and so is the extent of the financial loss. 

Yet, when the Internet was first invented, security was not a concern for the inventors. In fact, the Internet was originally designed for use by a closed circle of (mainly) academics. Communication among its users was open.

Cybersecurity came into sharper focus with the Internet expansion beyond the circle of the Internet pioneers. The Internet reiterated the old truism that technology can be both enabling and threatening. What can be used to the advantage of society can also be used to its disadvantage.

Children’s use of the Internet and mobile technology is increasing, and for many children worldwide there is no clear distinction between the online and offline world. Access to the Internet presents many opportunities for their education, personal development, self-expression, and interaction with others.

 

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