Call for Papers - The digital turn and CRSV: On interventions, data extraction and empowerment

The digital turn and CRSV: On interventions, data extraction and empowerment

Submitted by Kristin Bergtora Sandvik
For panel ProTECt - Community interventions and technological avenues against Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (SEAH)

Digital technological innovations make new types of responses to conflict-related
sexual violence (CRSV) possible, bringing with them both potential promises and
pitfalls. The paper explores two issues: First, how does - and can - the digital turn shape the struggle against CRSV? To begin to answer this question, the paper maps out the role of digital technologies in a cycle of intervention, including prevention of, response to, documentation of and accountability for CRSV. Second, how can we balance data extraction with user empowerment and meaningful participation? The paper problematizes the trend towards data extraction in exchange for aid, protection and justice, and argues for the importance of complementing technology driven approaches to the struggle against CRSV with the inclusion of strategies for user participation and investment in digital literacy as key aspects of the response.
The paper draws on Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora, and Kjersti Lohne. "The struggle against sexual violence in conflict: Investigating the digital turn." International Review of the Red Cross 102.913 (2020): 95-115.

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