Surveillance as a Feminist Issue
Privacy International
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Current surveillance technology enables people to look into homes without consent or knowledge. This is uncontrollable as it is relatively easily obtained. A person can be photographed/filmed/streamed in their own home doing normal things, that could be used to humiliate them, if distributed publicly.

Society all over the world is not yet mature enough, to turn a blind eye to these games. Even in Europe, where there is a general acceptance of both nudity and sexuality, people have reported being bullied after that their images have been distributed online without their consent.

While in Asian communities, this could result in extreme coercion. People, families, women (especially young women) are completely unprepared for the sort of power that can be obtained over people whose home life has been violated. Especially since culturally and socially their is no protection or even a plan to prepare people to handle these kinds of violations.

The environment, even in Europe frequently leads to the victim being penalised twice, once the criminal and again by bullies within the community. The bar is set much lower in places like Pakistan. Women and their families can be put under pressure, and if threatened, or blackmailed they could find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Since the greatest impact of this sort of violation will be women, it makes sense that women educate themselves on technological developments and become expert in protecting themselves and even tracking down those who violate their homes and stopping further distribution. However all said and done, the best defence, is social education, to create a robust society who could not ever be used as a coercive tool in matters pertaining to somebodies private life. Needless to say, we have some way to go in achieving this anywhere in the world.

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