“Public Safety Tech, Women’s Agency, and Privacy”: Session at GDDF 20

A breakout session entitled “No Woman, No Panic: Public Safety Tech, Women’s Agency, and Privacy” was held at the Global Digital Development Forum (GDDF), a virtual conference held on May 6, 2020. The speakers were Rohini Lakshané (The Bachchao Project), Chinmayi S K (The Bachchao Project) and Kate Sim (PhD Researcher, Oxford Internet Institute). The session was moderated by Dr Becky Faith, Research Fellow & Digital Cluster Lead, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK.

The session elucidated on the efficacy, evaluation, and audit of technological interventions such as mobile apps and panic buttons for public safety and their impact on women’s agency and privacy.

GDDF Agenda: https://digitaldevforum.com/agenda

Video of the session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgJGLJMCwfo

The Bachchao Project and the Centre for Internet and Society had jointly conducted a preliminary study in late 2016 on “Evaluating Safety Buttons on Mobile Devices“.

Evaluating Safety Buttons on Mobile Devices

By Chinmayi S K and Rohini Lakshané

We are releasing one of the datasets from a research project conducted jointly by the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), India and The Bachchao Project in 2016-17.

This dataset of the different permissions sought by selected “safety applications” available on the Google Play store in India was compiled as a part of the “Evaluating Safety Buttons on Mobile Devices” project in November 2016. A preliminary report on the findings was released at RightsCon in Brussels in 2017:

CIS-TBP_SafetyButtonsMobileDevices_Preview_201703-1

Blog post corresponding to the release of the report: https://cis-india.org/raw/evaluating-safety-buttons-on-mobile-devices-preview

The dataset has been released under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 International license. All uses of the accompanying data or parts thereof must contain the following attribution: “Data provided by Rohini Lakshané and Chinmayi S K (2018)”. To request a waiver, email the authors: theteam@thebachchaoproject.org. Data are provided AS-IS, without warranty as to accuracy or completeness.

ODS format: Google_Play_Safety_app_permissions_Dataset_June_2018_CIS_The_Bachchao_Project

XLSX format: Google_Play_Safety_app_permissions_Dataset_June_2018_CIS_The_Bachchao_Project