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Take back The Tech 2013: Taking control of technology to end violence against women

From November 25 to December 10, 2013, Take Back The Tech! invites people to take one action every day to end violence against women. Take Back The Tech! is a global campaign that connects the issue of violence against women to information and communications technologies. Each daily action will explore an issue of violence against women and its connection with communication rights. You can find a complete list of these daily actions here: https://www.takebackthetech.net/daily_actions/browse/2013 [1]

In an age of social media and mass surveillance, privacy is increasingly seen as an exception rather than a right. But privacy is a fundamental human right, as explicitly stated under Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights [2].

Take Back The Tech maintains that: “upholding the right to privacy means defending the right to decide what we want to share about our personal lives, our bodies and our spaces with whom, when and on what terms. This is especially important when increasing access to the internet and online spaces have complicated our ideas of what is public and what is private. For example, a photograph taken between two people in private can become an act of violence when it is distributed into other spaces without consent.”

A global Twitter conversation on privacy, safety and feminism using #OrangeDay will begin on November 25 to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Here are several ways you can participate:

• Participate in one or more of the 16 daily actions, which you can find through this link: https://www.takebackthetech.net/daily_actions/browse/2013 [1]

• Organize a campaign where you live: highlight a critical violence against women issue and think about how the issue connects with ICTs (for ideas on campaigns, go to: https://www.takebackthetech.net/organise/how-organise-take-back-tech-campaign [3])

• Submit tools and resources you find useful to Take Back The Tech! via email or social media.

• Map your story of tech-related violence here: https://www.takebackthetech.net/mapit/ [4] (Tech-related violence refers to harmful actions against women (e.g., sexual violence, harassment, stalking, intimate partner violence) that occur via telephones, computers and the internet.)

To share your ideas, you can contact Take Back The Tech! via email: ideas@takebackthetech.net [5], and via Twitter with @takebackthetech [6] and #takebackthetech [7]

To learn more, visit: https://www.takebackthetech.net/node/5573 [8]