Reach Out Plan by Anwesha Banerjee

Reach Out Plan:

1. Circulate a form through my Social Media Platforms. This form will have the option of remaining anonymous. This will help us understand how grave the problem child sexual abuse is.
2. The forms will also provide individuals with a space to share their trauma.
3. They can also tell us how they must have processed the trauma and how that incident has shaped their lives.
4. The form will also ask the individuals if they want to be a part of a Zoom Call where they can anonymously talk about their traumatic experience with the team of Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.

Reach Out Plan for the Long Haul:
The platform of KSCF is an extremely trustworthy one. Curating applications can take months. The organisation in the future can create an application that brings with itself the opportunity for people to share their experiences anonymously. Those with highly moving stories can be reached out to. The unit of the team that deals with trauma care can be engaged and they can provide ready help to those that require it.
The application can function like several other anonymous chat rooms like Whisper. However, the anonymity aspect of these apps often attracts predators. Instead of maintaining anonymity on both sides, KSCF receives all of the chats and experiences of the users of the application. The good side of the application is that the users can find this to be a safe place. They can reveal their identity only when necessary or highly essential.
This can be used by the foundation for wider reach.
How do these applications operate? How can KSCF use it for the long haul?
We will talk about how apps like Whisper work and how it can be helpful for the foundation to use a part of the mechanism they might have employed.
Development of the system was outsourced to Inaka, a web and mobile app development consultancy based in Seattle, Washington and Buenos Aires, Argentina.The original system back-end used the Riak NoSQL database, but after performance problems with Riak the system was converted to use MySQL and Apache Cassandra. Since 2013, Whisper has brought its technology team in-house.
The article noted that because Whisper’s Arbiter has knowledge to “reflect both the real things that millions of Whisper users have said and how moderators handled them, its understanding of language can be remarkably subtle. According to the Los Angeles Times, Whisper is also using AI technology to create content. That system, the Times reports, “allows Whisper to gather related posts about issues at work, school or in relationships. Then, it organizes them, adds context and even writes a headline… With the AI’s help, Whisper hopes to produce more content than humans alone could — which in turn could mean more readership and ad revenue.”
Employment of AI can bring in useful information to create posts and headlines for the website of KSCF. This requires intense usage of data management skills. A credible research team can also be used for the same.
What are the problems with applications like Whisper and how can KSCF derive lessons from the same?
1. The company’s privacy policy reveals that it will turn over information in the case of requests from law enforcement in order to comply with applicable laws for enforceable government requests such as a subpoena. The attorney Hanni Fakhoury commented in early 2014 that while Whisper may have no legal choice in the matter, “it’s the doublespeak that’s problematic.” Fakhoury elaborated that: “You have to be very careful about selling a program as a secure way to secretly communicate, and then reserve the right to turn over that information whenever necessary.

2. Whisper retains every user’s posts indefinitely in a central database (including “deleted” posts), together with each post’s timestamp and approximate geo-location, even if the user has opted out of geo-location.
To get rid of the second problem, the website of KSCF can provide an option of making anonymous confessions. Opening a website does not require putting in the location of the user.
The first problem can turn out to be a boon in disguise especially because data received from those putting out lewd or false stories can be tracked and reported. This removes the problem of having predators operate on the very system that was used to defeat them.
What is good about Whisper and how has it’s mechanism brought about significant change in the society?
In October 2015, Whisper announced a partnership with the Ad Council on the “I Am A Witness” anti-bullying campaign, along with other tech companies, including Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, and in March 2016, Whisper announced a partnership with the Anti-Defamation League’s Best Practices for Responding to Online Hate. The service’s anonymity is claimed to have fostered a support network where concern and care among users has developed. The team regularly hears from users that the network’s community has helped them stop self-harming behaviours.
The same aspect can be put to use by KSCF so that those dealing with abuse over the internet or have had traumatic experiences can share and be reached out to.
This may work as a roadmap to engage several people in a movement strong enough to shift the focus of mainstream media and politics towards the cause of the abused and harassed.

Sources: Wikipedia

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