Technologizing the Fight against Sexual Violence: A Critical Scoping

PRIO Paper

Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora (2019) Technologizing the Fight against Sexual Violence: A Critical Scoping. PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

How should we think about the interface between technology and the fight against conflict-related sexual violence?

The objective of this note is to provide practitioners and policymakers with a better understanding of some of the potential challenges that might emerge from the use of technology for combating sexual violence.

This note hopes to facilitate ethical reflection and collective discussion by asking critical questions about a current trend in humanitarian aid: the turn towards technology. Despite good intentions behind its use, technology does not always work as intended.

Taking the rise of ‘digital bodies’ as a point of departure, this note maps out four thematic areas where sexual violence and technology intersect, and highlights some of the serious ethical and legal issues that can arise as a result.

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