2016 Feminist Principles of the Internet [EN]

Feminist principles of the internet

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2016

Preamble August 26 2016 A feminist internet works towards empowering more women and queer persons in all our diversities to fully enjoy our rights engage in pleasure and play and dismantle patriarchy

This integrates our different realities contexts and specificities including age disabilities sexualities gender identities and expressions socioeconomic locations political and religious beliefs ethnic origins and racial markers

The following key principles are critical towards realising a feminist internet

Access

1 Access to the internet

A feminist internet starts with enabling more women and queer persons to enjoy universal acceptable affordable unconditional open meaningful and equal access to the internet

2 Access to information

We support and protect unrestricted access to information relevant to women and queer persons particularly information on sexual and reproductive health and rights pleasure safe abortion access to justice and LGBTIQ issues

This includes diversity in languages abilities interests and contexts

3 Usage of technology

Women and queer persons have the right to code design adapt and critically and sustainably use ICTs and reclaim technology as a platform for creativity and expression as well as to challenge the cultures of sexism and discrimination in all spaces

Movements public participation

4 Resistance

The internet is a space where social norms are negotiated performed and imposed often in an extension of other spaces shaped by patriarchy and heteronormativity

Our struggle for a feminist internet is one that forms part of a continuum of our resistance in other spaces public private and in between

5 Movement building

The internet is a transformative political space

It facilitates new forms of citizenship that enable individuals to claim construct and express selves genders and sexualities

This includes connecting across territories demanding accountability and transparency and creating opportunities for sustained feminist movement building

6 Internet governance

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

Economy

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Alternative economies

We are committed to interrogating the capitalist logic that drives technology towards further privatisation profit and corporate control

We work to create alternative forms of economic power that are grounded in principles of cooperation solidarity commons environmental sustainability and openness

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Free and open source

We are committed to creating and experimenting with technology including digital safety and security and using free libre and open source software FLOSS tools and platforms

Promoting disseminating and sharing knowledge about the use of FLOSS is central to our praxis

Expression

9 Amplifying feminist discourse

We claim the power of the internet to amplify women s narratives and lived realities

There is a need to resist the state the religious right and other extremist forces who monopolise discourses of morality while silencing feminist voices and persecuting women s human rights defenders

10 Freedom of expression

We defend the right to sexual expression as a freedom of expression issue of no less importance than political or religious expression

We strongly object to the efforts of state and non state actors to control surveil regulate and restrict feminist and queer expression on the internet through technology legislation or violence

We recognise this as part of the larger political project of moral policing censorship and hierarchisation of citizenship and rights

11 Pornography and harmful content

We recognise that the issue of pornography online has to do with agency consent power and labour

We reject simple causal linkages made between consumption of pornographic content and violence against women

We also reject the use of the umbrella term harmful content to label expression on female and transgender sexuality

We support reclaiming and creating alternative erotic content that resists the mainstream patriarchal gaze and locates women and queer persons desires at the centre

Agency

12 Consent

We call on the need to build an ethics and politics of consent into the culture design policies and terms of service of internet platforms

Women s agency lies in their ability to make informed decisions on what aspects of their public or private lives to share online

13 Privacy and data

We support the right to privacy and to full control over personal data and information online at all levels

We reject practices by states and private companies to use data for profit and to manipulate behaviour online

Surveillance is the historical tool of patriarchy used to control and restrict women s bodies speech and activism

We pay equal attention to surveillance practices by individuals the private sector the state and non state actors

14 Memory

We have the right to exercise and retain control over our personal history and memory on the internet

This includes being able to access all our personal data and information online and to be able to exercise control over this data including knowing who has access to it and under what conditions and the ability to delete it forever

15 Anonymity

We defend the right to be anonymous and reject all claims to restrict anonymity online

Anonymity enables our freedom of expression online particularly when it comes to breaking taboos of sexuality and heteronormativity experimenting with gender identity and enabling safety for women and queer persons affected by discrimination

16 Children and youth

We call for the inclusion of the voices and experiences of young people in the decisions made about safety and security online and promote their safety privacy and access to information

We recognise children s right to healthy emotional and sexual development which includes the right to privacy and access to positive information about sex gender and sexuality at critical times in their lives

17 Online violence

We call on all internet stakeholders including internet users policy makers and the private sector to address the issue of online harassment and technology related violence

The attacks threats intimidation and policing experienced by women and queers are real harmful and alarming and are part of the broader issue of gender based violence

It is our collective responsibility to address and end this