Israeli hackers have created a new smartphone app that helps counter domestic violence. The application will alert women to warning signals from their husbands or friends to avoid possible harassment.
The growing number of social media sites and mobile devices allowed offenders to manipulate, separate, and watch their victims with ease. Diana Freed, a data privacy and security researcher at Cornell, explained that finding solutions can be challenging to trust nowadays. She added that tracking and preventing abuse is trickier than it sounds.
She said the proliferation of smartphones and social media helped abusers take advantage of controlling and spying their victims. Hence, Diana underscored that users should be aware of their emergency apps’ protection aspect. “We’re always concerned about the safety of the client and what the abuser might know,” said Diana. Hence, the developers took this issue “forward, beyond primitive solutions.”
Many applications also help women get rid of whatever relationship they have with their abusive partners. In 2019, app developers launched the “Tech Disconnect Checklist.” This app allows victims to quit dangerous relationships and avoid domestic violence by ensuring their ex-husband or ex-partner does not have potential harmful ties after breaking up.
How does it work?
“Forum’s Hackathon” will help the exciting collection of emerging technology. This app will help deter domestic violence by separating the different forms of programs into three parts.
The first would discuss intervention, and possible research signs of systematic, unreported violence in school and healthcare systems. MedFlag was introduced through medical records analysis to identify signs of repeated abuse among clinic and hospital patients.
The second one will concentrate on emergencies that endanger life. One of the winners of the hackathon is “Stay Tuned.” This allows victims to alert authorities about the ongoing abuse without touching their device. The device notifies the police and other contact numbers on the phone. The app will give them suspicious sounds captured using artificial intelligence and voice recognition.
The third will focus on technologies that prevents domestic violence. A mobile violence tracker called “Mind” uses an algorithm that detects the handset user’s everyday use habits. The app will detect your activities, such downloading spyware, blocking or deleting messages, and deleting Facebook friends. Such new applications will help those who are facing abuse worldwide.
Mind the gap
Thinking about the use of technology for good is challenging without considering the factors that make it less accessible. These include financial inequality, language gaps, and computer literacy. Not everyone owns a smartphone, has access to a reliable Wi-Fi connection, or knows how to use gadgets. Let alone in a stressful situation, including domestic violence.
“What we see is that there are a lot of challenges navigating interfaces and understanding information flows,” Freed says.
The developers made a 3D-printed IoT-based jewelry collection called the Wonder Jewel for those living in a community where mobile signals are sparse. The piece of jewelry then connects to a connected smartphone app. It sends an alert to the authorities and a community of citizens who have subscribed for help.