ICT-enabled tools and services offer new terrain for acts of violence against women and for women’s rights advocacy
He is leaning on a railing, looking cool and passing time. A girl walks by and he quickly follows her up the escalator. He then casually places his foot near hers on the same step. Only the observant can see a mobile phone strapped to his foot. The camera function does his ‘peeping’ for him, recording the underside of her skirt. But wait, the tables (and camera) are turned. The girl realises his trick and chases him down the escalator, with her friend capturing his act and face on her camera. His ‘secret’ act turned public as he is shamed and chased in front of the entire subway population.
This short video was created by members of Filmmakers Anonymous in Malaysiai in support of the Take Back the Tech campaign to end violence against women using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). It’s a precise and clear demonstration of how new technologies can be used to create digital spaces where women become vulnerable to violence and other criminal acts of offence. Importantly, the incident cited above also manifests how women can apply technology to fight for their own rights.
New tools such as mobile phones featuring audio and image recording are becoming increasingly cheaper and more important as a communication platform. Coupled with Internet connectivity, these tools permit an explicitly fast sharing of women’s images