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Joint Event with Pragnya – December 10, 2010

The increased use and abuse of Information and Communications Technologies and their potential as an instrument of gender violence was the subject of a joint seminar called ‘Logging into (In) Security’ conducted by eWIT along with Pragnya.

One of the speakers at the seminar Ms. Chloe Zollman of Bangalore‐based IT for Change said that ICT although empowers women also has implicit digital dangers especially jeopardizing the security of women. Dr Rama Subramaniam, criminologist and CEO of Valiant Technologies pointed out that the majority of victims online are not aware that they had been victimized. Discussing the challenges that law enforcement officials commonly face, Dr. Sudhakar IPS, Asst. Commissioner, Cyber Crimes Cell, Chennai Police, cited several examples of online abuse directed at women, especially after the breakup of a relationship or a marriage. Ms. Jamuna Swamy, Head, Information Security, Hexaware Technologies, drew attention to the importance of both prevention and deterrence, as methods to anticipate and address online violence.

The seminar, was chaired by Ms. Kalyani Narayanan, Vice President ‐ eWIT and attended by a cross‐section of IT professionals, students and other concerned citizens.

 

 
 
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