Constitutional Advancement of Women's E-Quality: Responding to Challenges and Seizing Opportunities
Jane Bailey, " Constitutional Advancement of Women's E-Quality: Responding to Challenges and Seizing Opportunities" Queens Law Journal 30, 2005
51 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2013
Date Written: 2005
The Internet offers women unprecedented opportunity for connectivity, information gathering and community building at lower cost than many other media of mass communication. At the same time, however, systemic barriers to access and use, along with discriminatory content online that replicates "real space" axes of discrimination, could prevent women from realizing the full potential of the Internet as a communications medium. Constitutional rights could be used both to undermine and to strengthen women's struggle for e-quality. On one hand, government efforts to restrict or limit online hate speech and obscenity may be challenged as violations of their purveyors' freedom of expression. On the other hand women's rights to freedom of expression and equality could provide a platform for asserting a positive obligation on government to ensure substantively equal access to and participation in Internet communications, especially in relation to online government services and other e-governance initiatives.
Keywords: internet, women, access, discrimination, real space axes of discrimination, internet as communications medium, constitutional rights, restrict hate speech by government, equal access, government, online government service, e-government initiatives
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