ASEAN Peoples Forum holds Historic Workshop on Technology and Women’s Human Rights

22 March 2014

Yangon, Myanmar – Civil society organizations based in different parts of Southeast Asia organized a workshop titled ‘Freedom of Expression, Privacy and Women’s Rights in Evolving Digital Information Societies’ at the Myanmar Convention Center on March 22, 2014. The workshop aims to provide the first ever venue in the ASEAN Peoples Forum/ ASEAN Civil Society Conference (ACSC/APF) history to discuss ICT and its implications to human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Information and communications technology (ICT) platforms, such as the Internet, mobile applications, Facebook, Twitter, has affected rights – particularly freedom of expression (including citizens’ right to know/information), privacy and women’s rights. New opportunities are emerging for greater freedom to exercise these rights. Internet for instance has provided many more ways in which individuals may exercise freedom of expression for self-publication and interaction (blogs, social media).

ASEAN has recognized the vital role of ICT towards ASEAN integration and has laid out plans for its development under the ASEAN Connectivity master plan. The panelists aim to surface challenges and issues around freedom of expression, privacy and gender in the evolving ICT landscape and will discuss the following topics:

- Global and Southeast Asian trends: ICT development and emerging policy frameworks

Lisa Garcia, Gender and ICT coordinator, Foundation for Media Alternatives

- Internet and Freedom of Expression in Southeast Asia

Gayathry Venkiteswaran, Executive Director, Southeast Asian Press Alliance

- Cyber Martial Law: The Philippines Experience Fight for Internet  Freedom

Nica Dumlao, Internet Rights Coordinator, Foundation for Media Alternatives

- ICT-related Violence Against Women (VAW) and ASEAN Integration

Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau

- Queering the Internet Governance in Indonesia

Kamil Manaf, APC Exploring Research on Sexuality and ICTs (EROTICS) – Indonesia

- Cyber Harassment against Women’s Human Rights Defender in Myanmar

Htaike Htaike Aung, Program Manager

Myanmar ICT Development Organization (MIDO)