Queering the Internet: Gender, Sexual Expression, and Censorship

Date, Time, and Venue

27 July 2017 16:00-16:30
Lecture Theater 202
Mahitaladhibesra Building, Chulalongkorn University


Open Forum


30 minutes


  • Bishakha Datta, Point of View, India
  • Sanchia Brown, Women and Media Collective, Sri Lanka
  • Shiwa Karmacharya, LOOM, Nepal
  • Valentina Pellizzer, APC, Malaysia

Specific Issues of Discussion and Description

In this Open Forum, we present the key findings of a three-country study in Asia.

  • The ErOTICs India research explores one section of India’s Information Technology Act: Section 67, more commonly known as the anti-obscenity provision. Section 67 is currently the second-highest used provision under the IT Act.
  • The EroTICs Sri Lanka research examines the way in which LGBT Sri Lankan’s exercise their rights in the online space through available internet platforms and other services. Access to information and expression, the safety of devices and content along with the types of adverse online experiences endured within the online spaces are discussed at length.
  • The EroTICs Nepal research explores the relation between the use of internet and freedom of expression particularly sexuality. It further examines how the internet is practiced in domain of work of women’s rights and LGBTI activists.

All three studies identify key policy reforms that could enhance the use of the free and open internet for users in Asia.


Short presentations from each country, totaling 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion.