Today, the internet is being widely used for information, communication, discussion and self-expression among others. In many instances it has brought people together both online and offline on a local and global level, bridging the divide that existed in the world not too long ago. With its unprecedented growth the true potential of the internet is being recognised as a catalyst to improve the lives and well-being of people.
For feminists, sexual rights and internet rights activists the internet has changed the dynamics of how networks are formed, information exchanged and voices heard. By and large the internet has proven to be an invaluable source and yet we see how this very space makes way for harmful content and interactions particularly surrounding women and other marginalised groups.
This leads to a violation the rights of those who wish to exercise their freedoms online. As the United Nations Human Rights Council, in 2016, “affirmed that the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online, in accordance with articles 19 of the Universal Declarations of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights”; it is imperative that human rights are upheld even within the online sphere.
Short for Exploratory Research on ICTs and Sexuality EROTICS aims to address the rights violated online and strengthen the participation of citizens by promoting policy and legislation that would protect internet users. EROTICS is a project of the Association of Progressive Communications and Women and Media Collective is the Sri Lanka partner organisation.