Saturday, March 25, 2006

Digital Dangers: ICTs and Trafficking in Women

Just to follow the theme of evil technology that I was discussing a few days ago - it seems unlikely that whoever coined the term 'information superhighway' anticipated that the traffic on the internet would be in people, as well as information.

How, and how much, the internet and other ICTs are implicated in trafficking is the subject of this issue paper by The Association for Progressive Communications Women's Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) produced in cooperation with The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID).

The paper discusses trafficking and ICTs as defined by activists in the two arenas.

It also explores three pivotal and at times controversialquestions:
  • Does the role of ICTs matter or is it a fashionable distraction from serious countertrafficking work?
  • Can we talk of trafficking in images or does trafficking only apply to people?
  • Is consideration of privacy in relation to ICTs contrary to counter-trafficking work or an essential part of a broader movement to create safety and freedom for individuals and communities?
Finally, the paper asks what action can and is being taken, by governments, feminists, civil society organisations, and other actors.

Check it out - English, Spanish and French in PDF (10-12 pages)

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