To respond to the emerging reality of how Internet technologies have become stitched into the landscape of our organising and politics of engagement, the Association for Progressive Communications collaborated with Mamacash, CREA, FRIDA, Urgent Action Fund, Astraea and AWID to organise a 4-day convening in 2017 to bring together actors who are differently located within movement building work to reflect, question, imagine and create by asking ourselves and each other.
In 2016 Point of View, in partnership with local organisations hosted two City Conversations. One in Mumbai, with 34 participants and second in Delhi. The Mumbai conversation explored the links between pornography, gender, sexuality and freedom of speech. The Delhi conversation was in partnership with CREA and called TANGLED LIKE WOOL! It focused entirely on online pornography, which was an historic first in India. Each meeting was a daylong one, held in partnership with a local organization, who mobilised participants and helped develop the agenda.
In the last week of July 2017, Zimbabwe held its first Harare City Conversation, collaboratively facilitated by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and feminist organisations Her Zimbabwe and Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL). Participants for this particular conversation included feminists in journalism, visual art, internet rights activism, digital security, movement building, as well as sex and sexuality rights activism.
On 27 April 2017 the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Asamblea Permanente por los Derechos Humanos (APDH) hosted a City Conversation on the FPI’s in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Speakers and organisations were from Buenos Aires, Rosario and Córdoba. Participants explored the FPI principles of Access, movement building, amplifying feminist discourse, freedom of expression, anonymity, privacy, online violence. Participants were from a variety of organisations, genders and ages.
This workshop was held in February 2017 in partnership with Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre and Women'sNet. Participants came from sectors such as sex work, LGBTIQ, rural health workers and the teaching community. The 2-day gathering focused on the FPI Cluster of Agency with much discussion on the high cost of mobile data. The ICT Toolkit for Feminist Movement building was used as a training too.
On 26 January 2017 in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, One world Platfrom and feminist online media ŽenskaposlaBA, organised a City Conversation on the FPIs. After an overview of the framework of the FPIs, the clusters of Access, Movement Building and Agency were discussed - with a focus on the principles of access to the internet, access to information, amplifying women’s narratives - as well as Anonymity and Children and Youth.
On 1 September 2014, APC launched the Feminist Principles of the Internet at the Sexual Rights Pre-Event of the 2014 Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. Read the media release here. There is also a video of Bishakha Datta of Point of View (India) at the 2014 IGF on the relevance of the FPI.
The second Imagine a Feminist Internet meeting took place in Malaysia on 22-24 July 2015, as a continuation of the space opened in 2014, where over 50 participants from women’s rights, sexual rights and internet rights organisations discussed and explored intersections of gender, sexuality and technology. For this meeting, APC outlined key questions for exploration. Meeting participant Dhyta Caturani also compiled a video titled 'Imagine a Feminist Internet: Reflections on freedom of expression and misogynistic online content'.
In April 2014, APC held a global meeting on gender, sexuality and the internet in Malaysia to explore and develop the collective understanding of what a feminist internet looks like. One of the goals of the meeting was to find, within a sex-positive queer framework, an agreement on core feminist principles for a transformative internet, in order to develop a set of evolving Feminist Principles of the Internet.