One in four adolescents have seen a morphed image or video of themselves, and half of them do not even want to report it to the Police according to a study by Child Rights and You in the Delhi-National Capital Region last year. …

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“He started threatening me, saying that if I left him he would send my nude pictures to my parents and family members since he knew all of them… He had the number of one of my colleagues and he just sent him the picture as well without saying anything. It was mortifying,” says Aditi*, while talking about the threats she receives from her ex-boyfriend. She is afraid that he might still threaten her about sending her sexually graphic images to her friends, family and colleagues as she cannot verify whether he has deleted them or not.

Does this sound familiar…

One in five Indians have faced online harassment and in 2019 this increased by 65%. Globally, Indian children are one of the worst affected groups as they are the most cyber-bullied.

As our lives have shifted online and which requires us to interact digitally, these incidents of cybercrime have only grown! To understand how this affects young people and what we can do to be safer online especially in these times, we spoke to Arnika Singh, the co-founder of Social Media Matters, an organisation working on making the internet a safer place particularly for vulnerable groups like women and children.

What is targeted advertising?

Have you ever looked for a product online and later been bombarded by loads of ads for similar items or brands, even when you’re not interested anymore? This happens because of targeted advertising. Advertisers collect data about your online behaviour: the websites you visit, your search history, things you or your friends like on social media and then shows you brands and products based on that information. For example, when you see the AdChoices icon (see fig. 1) on any ad (see fig. …

How bad can it be?

The biggest problem when it comes to online interactions is that the anonymity of the internet often emboldens people to do and say things they wouldn’t even consider saying in a face to face setting. In fact, 76% of women under the age of 30 have faced some form of anonymous online harassment or stalking. The casual sexism faced by women and gender minorities in their ‘offline lives’ (comments on their looks, body, attire, etc) are only amplified online. It’s no secret that many women online face harassment in the form of insults, taunts and…

In today’s world, where so much of our life is spent online on some site or the other, the definition of online privacy has drastically changed. Where before it meant to just safeguard your password and sensitive information, now it’s become something far more important. Senior technology writer Charlie Warzel said it best:

“When technology governs so many aspects of our lives — and when that technology is powered by the exploitation of our data — privacy isn’t just about knowing your secrets, it’s about autonomy”.

And if we wish to safeguard our autonomy, the right to govern our own…

Reclaim Your Privacy

#ReclaimYourPrivacy works to empower people with relevant information that helps them safeguard their digital selves. Visit, https://reclaimyourprivacy.in/

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