The reports outlines the different forms of challenges, threats and restrictions to the free flow of information and engagement online that emerged, and the key actors involved. For example the US report showcases that young people under the age of seventeen are unable to access unfiltered content in publicly funded libraries. Added to the lack of comprehensive sex education in schools, this may place them under further risk by denying them access to critical information.
The primary research question - How may emerging debates and the growing practice of online content regulation either impede or facilitate the different ways women use the internet and the impact on their sexual expression, sexualities and sexual health practices,and the assertion of their sexual rights? - acted as a common framework to guide the specific in-depth analysis in each of the five countries of focus. Each of the country teams engaged with diverse sections of society and communities, including young women (India), library users and particularly young people among them (US), transgender people (SouthAfrica), lesbian women (Lebanon, India and Brazil), sexual rights advocates (Lebanon and Brazil), social networking users (all countries) and men who advocate for intergenerational relationships (Brazil).