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Ronald Deibert, John Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski, and Jonathan Zittrain

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016780

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016780.001.0001

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Sexing the Internet

Sexing the Internet

Censorship, Surveillance, and the Body Politic(s) of Malaysia

(p.65) 4 Sexing the Internet
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Heike Jensen

Jac sm Kee

Gayathry Venkiteswaran

Sonia Randhawa

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This chapter presents a case study of Malaysia to illustrate gender bias in digital freedom of expression and privacy. Methods of censoring women’s point of view, including their structural and ideological exclusion from the public sphere and the use of sexist language, along with sexual violence threats, are presented. The Malaysian government, through the use of the Sedition Act, Internal Security Act, and Defamation Act, has tried to restrict the use of content and speech online , which breaches the government’s initial promise of a censorship-free Internet, resulting in the merging of the communication sector with the country’s Ministry of Information. Materials related to religion and sexuality published online are also subject to scrutiny by the Malaysian government.

Keywords:   gender bias, freedom of expression, sexist language, sexual violence, Sedition Act, Internal Security Act, Defamation Act

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