We believe in challenging the patriarchal spaces and processes that control internet governance, as well as putting more feminists and queers at the decision-making tables. We want to democratise policy making affecting the internet as well as diffuse ownership of and power in global and local networks.
The Movements and public participation cluster of principles includes Movement Building, Resistance, and Governance.
For nearly two decades, feminist activists have claimed and used the extraordinary opportunities offered by the internet for resistance, counter-narratives and movement building. Internet technologies are increasingly embedded into the landscape of our organising, movement building and our politics of engagement. Feminist campaigns incorporate online and offline actions acknowledging the need for permeability between the two, recognising the complicated, gendered nature of access. And at the same time realising the embodiment of the digital. The internet opens spaces for engagement between movements and linking intersectional struggles. We are witnessing how digital and networked technologies are stitched into every layer of personal, social, cultural, economic and political life in an increasingly data-driven world. The digital landscape has a growing impact on feminist, women’s rights, sexual rights and intersectional movement building work. The internet as a site of resistance forms part of a continuum of our resistance in other spaces. Recognising that both governments and the private sector are increasingly successful in the colonisation of the logic, materiality and culture of the internet, internet governance is a critical site of engagement for feminists and queers. Feminists are challenging the patriarchal control of internet governance spaces through visibility at decision-making tables and advocating to privilege gender issues at internet governance forums.