Kee, Jac sm

Jac sm Kee has been a strong advocate for bridging internet governance (IG) and women’s rights movements, including on issues of access and development, where she has participated in High Level and parallel sessions at WSIS and the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). She is an active advocate for the inclusion of IG and human rights issues into women’s rights policy documents and vice versa, including CSW outcomes documents, UN Special Rapporteur reports on freedom of expression, violence against women, women human rights defenders, right to privacy, and racism, and inputs into Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) General Recommendations.

Jac has conducted pioneering research that linked issues of IG, censorship, privacy, women’s rights and sexuality. They seeded successful initiatives that engaged broader civil society into IG issues, including Take Back the Tech! campaign and the Feminist Principles of the Internet. Jac currently serves as a board member for the Association for Women's Rights in Development, which organises the biggest civil society agenda-setting meeting for global women’s movements. Jac is also co-director of Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia - an active member of the South East Asian Press Alliance. She has provided leadership in bringing IG issues in these networks. Jac is serving as advisory committee to RightsCon Asia, and is a key organising member of the South East Asian network looking at IG and human rights issues at different spaces, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) process.

Jac has consistently organised or participated in IGF workshops since 2007 looking at women’s participation, human rights, IG and related issues, and facilitated the participation of women’s rights advocates into the space. She is currently convener of the IGF gender dynamic coalition and coordinates the IGF gender report cards.