Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society

The purpose of this review was to look back over the past decade of country reports published in Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) and attempt to identify trends in civil society perspectives on what needed to be done to create a people-centred information society. The period for analysis was, more accurately, just over a decade: 2007-2017, during which a GISWatch report was produced each year – a total of 11 reports.


Global Information Society Watch 2015: Sexual rights and the internet

Steering committee

  • Anriette Esterhuysen (APC)
  • Will Janssen (Hivos)

Coordinating committee

  • Monique Doppert (Hivos)
  • Valeria Betancourt (APC)
  • Mallory Knodel (APC)
  • Jac sm Kee (APC)
  • Nadine Moawad (APC)

Project coordinator

  • Roxana Bassi (APC)


2015 - Sexual rights and the internet

This edition of GISWatch presents stories from around the world on how the politics of sex and sexual rights activism takes place online. We want to research how generally accepted sexual identities, as well as marginalised sexualities, are expressed, regulated and moralised on the internet. We also want to show how this relates to the threats of surveillance, censorship and online violence.

Click “I agree”: Consent and feminism in commercial pornography

Authored by


Jiz Lee

Click “I agree”: Consent and feminism in commercial pornography


Adult video production is often regarded as controversial and culturally taboo. Due to social stigma concerning sexuality, including criminalisation and institutionalised offences prohibiting pornography, its industry remains largely unregulated and under-researched.



APC & Hivos

When the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) first raised the issue of internet content regulation and how it impacts on sexuality, in internet governance and policy spaces, we focused on building understanding that sexuality is a critical component of freedom of expression. APC, along with Hivos and our respective partners, challenged the assumption that sex was always about porn, and that porn was always bad.

Porn. Panic. Ban.

Authored by


Point of View

#PornBan. It’s like a rash, this impulse to ban porn all over the world – despite protests that are going viral. The Twitter hashtag #pornban sprung up in July 2015 as the Indian government blocked 857 porn sites, 1 and then backtracked a bit, 2 asking internet service providers (ISPs) to unblock those that don’t contain child pornography. Which makes service providers the arbiters of our constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of expression, deciding what we may or may not see.