Female journalists make for particularly apt subjects for research on social and gendered surveillance given their unique and visible position in public discourse in both online and offline spaces.
A Delhi-based Youtube "prankster" who goes by the name of 'Crazy Sumit' decided to gain his moments of internet fame by filming a video featuring him running up to unsuspecting women on the street, kissing them, and running away. His plan worked, and the video did go viral on social media.
Recently, Dangal star Zaira Wasim came faced online violence for a picture of her and J&K CM Mufti being circulated on social media.
Women and marginalized communities should have a safer web and authorities must ensure better reporting mechanisms and speedy implementation.
FII was at Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2016 in Guadlajara, Mexico and Founder Japleen Pasricha spoke at two different sessions presenting our research report on online violence against women in India.
Trolling in the name of freedom of speech!
After eight months of research on what to insert into my vagina, ten years of actually having periods, and twenty one years of having a uterus it was stupid of me to actually believe I would know as much as men.
The gaming industry is a male-dominated space and when women try to make inroads, that space is threatened with repercussions like the Gamergate controversy of August 2014 which involved attacks on a woman game developer, Zoe Quinn. However despite such gender barriers, there will always be girls and mothers who choose gaming over other options.
While more and more women are reclaiming online spaces by using digital platforms to express their opinions and raise their voices, they live in constant fear of what it might mean for their offline lives. This, however, does not mean that the most ideal thing to do is to shut off and disconnect. The onus is on each one of us to make spaces safer for each other; more so on the privileged to call out their peers and ensure a safe and secure internet for all.
I’m not here to give a solution to that problem. But I’ve been waiting for a long time, scared of telling anyone what I went through, for the fear of being judged, for the fear of my trauma being invalidated. For the fear of me again being denied my voice, like that night when I felt compelled to say “yes” because I couldn’t say “no.” I’m here to reclaim my voice as a survivor of cyber-rape.