IGF 2022 Day 0 Event #35 Harass me not



Radhika Jhalani, SFLC.in, Civil Society, India

Hija Kamran, Independant Consulant. Pakistan

Afra Suci Ramadhon, Regional Project manager, digital defenders partnership

Mahishaa Balraj, Co-founder Hashtag Generation, Sri Lanka


Onsite Moderator

Arjun Adrian Dsouza

Online Moderator

Prasanth Sugathan


Arjun Adrian Dsouza



Targets: This is related to to creating a safe safe online for women and reducing gender discrimination


This will be a gathering with an open discussion format looking at contributing for the fight against Online Harrasement




In the past few years, Online Harassment has been identified as a major cause for curbing freedom of expression in the digital space and making it inaccessible. This harassment takes multiple forms like sending threatening messages, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, doxxing etc. More often than not the harassment is targeted at women and women belonging to marginalised communities. These are also aimed at prominent individuals who represent and express the concerns and narratives of this community. The result of such harassment is exclusion of some the most vulnerable sections of the society from the digital space. SFLC.IN has written a report on Online Harassment which can be accessed here: https://sflc.in/report-online-harassment-form-censorship. We also have a Free Speech Tracker which records instances of Free Speech violations by state actors. This helps us understand the broader issues revolving around freedom of speech and expression in the digital space. We would like to discuss our work so far, and how it can contribute to the existing discourse on online harassment and freedom of speech and the way forward. The session aims to identify the forms of harassment that take place online especially at the intersection of women and marginalised communities. How identity and the victim's relation to that identity is used by harassers. Further, the session will discuss the role of state actors and online platforms in creating safe spaces online.

We plan to conduct this meeting in an hybrid format, to enable greater participation for south Asian actors in participating in the conversations.