Proposal

APrIGF 2024 Session Proposal Submission Form
Part 1 - Lead Organizer
Contact Person
Ms. Shruti Shreya
Email
Organization / Affiliation (Please state "Individual" if appropriate) *
The Dialogue
Designation
Senior Programme Manager, Platform Regulation & Gender and Tech
Gender
Female
Economy of Residence
India
Primary Stakeholder Group
Civil Society
Part 2 - Session Proposal
Session Title
BreaktheSilo: Streamlining Gender Safety in the Digital Space
Session Format
Lightning Talk (30 minutes)
Where do you plan to organize your session?
Onsite at the venue (with online moderator for questions and comments from remote participants)
Specific Issues for Discussion
This lightning talk seeks to address the escalating issue of online abuse impacting women, girls, and gender minorities through a ‘whole-of-society’ framework developed by The Dialogue. This innovative approach to combating Technology-Facilitated Gender-Based Violence (TFGBV) spans six stages: Access, Prevention, Intervention, Report and Redressal, Recovery and Healing, and Research.

Current responses to TFGBV often lack coordination, leading to fragmented solutions and gaps in policy and research. Various entities are working independently, focusing on disparate aspects such as awareness, legal reform, or support services, but there is an absence of coordination and synergy
between their efforts. Our framework addresses these issues by promoting unified efforts across various stakeholders including government bodies, tech companies, community organisations, educators, and researchers. It emphasises the need for a survivor-centric approach, placing the rights and needs of survivors at the core of all strategies, from secure technology access to comprehensive recovery support.

Moreover, while current efforts may focus on immediate measures like content takedown and offender prosecution, they often neglect underlying causes and systemic issues. Our framework advocates for a holistic perspective, analysing patterns and interconnections to enhance the effectiveness of interventions and ensure a sustainable, long-term impact.

This talk will demonstrate how integrating diverse interventions under a unified framework can significantly improve the efficacy of combating TFGBV, aligning with APrIGF's goals. By promoting solutions that are both globally informed and locally relevant, our session aims to advance safer online environments across the Asia-Pacific region, ensuring a more comprehensive and empowered response to online gender-based violence.
Describe the Relevance of Your Session to APrIGF
Enhancing trust and safety has never been more crucial as technologies like Generative AI rapidly evolve and digitalization extends across sectors, including education and healthcare. While previous works by academicians and research organisations have explored the roles and contributions of different stakeholders in the digital safety sphere, the uniqueness of this framework lies in consolidating their contributions. The objective of this approach ensures better recognition and effective leveraging of each stakeholder’s input, which shall amplify the impact of individual efforts.

The session will contribute to ongoing discussions about trust and safety in digital spaces within APAC, offering a fresh perspective to policy interventions that prioritise both preventive measures and effective redressal mechanisms. The expected outcome is to provide a clearer path for stakeholders in the region to adopt a more integrated and effective approach to online safety, reflecting on our framework’s potential for broader application across different jurisdictions.

The insights gained from this session will be compiled into a concise two-page document, which will be shared with policymakers, industry bodies, and civil society organisations throughout the APAC region. This outcome document aims to catalyse a more coordinated regional response to TFGBV, promoting policies that are more well-rounded and reflective of the key role and contributions of all stakeholders in the digital space.
Methodology / Agenda (Please add rows by clicking "+" on the right)
Time frame (e.g. 5 minutes, 20 minutes, should add up to 60 minutes) Description
2 minutes Agenda setting & introduction to the issue by the moderator/facilitator.
6 minutes Presentation of the TFGBV framework’s stages and its holistic approach.
12 minutes Outlining the critical questions and asking experts to share their views on the topic (4 minutes per speaker).
7 minutes Interaction with the audience and audience poll on key issues to be orchestrated by the moderator/facilitator.
3 minutes Closing remarks and session summary by the moderator/facilitator.
Moderators & Speakers Info (Please complete where possible)
  • Moderator (Primary)

    • Name: Azmina Dhrodia
    • Organization: Bumble
    • Designation: Safety Policy Lead
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: United Kingdom
    • Stakeholder Group: Private Sector
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://uk.linkedin.com/in/azmina-dhrodia-57283067
  • Moderator (Facilitator)

    • Name: Meg Chang
    • Organization: Meta
    • Designation: Public Policy Manager, APAC
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Singapore
    • Stakeholder Group: Private Sector
    • Expected Presence: Online
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://www.linkedin.com/in/megchang/?originalSubdomain=sg
  • Speaker 1

    • Name: Shruti Shreya (Framework Presenter)
    • Organization: The Dialogue
    • Designation: Senior Programme Manager, Platform Regulation & Gender and Tech
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: India
    • Stakeholder Group: Civil Society
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://thedialogue.co/our-team/shruti-shreya/
  • Speaker 2

    • Name: Shamika Ravi
    • Organization: Government of India
    • Designation: Member, Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: India
    • Stakeholder Group: Government
    • Expected Presence: Online
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://eacpm.gov.in/team/dr-shamika-ravi/
  • Speaker 3

    • Name: Nicola Henry
    • Organization: RMIT University
    • Designation: Professor
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Australia
    • Stakeholder Group: Academia
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://www.rmit.edu.au/contact/staff-contacts/academic-staff/h/henry-professor-nicola
  • Speaker 4

    • Name: Pranav Bhaskar Tiwari
    • Organization: Jindal Global University
    • Designation: Post Graduate Scholar
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: India
    • Stakeholder Group: Youth / Students
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://www.linkedin.com/in/pranavbhaskartiwari/?originalSubdomain=in
Please explain the rationale for choosing each of the above contributors to the session.
The speakers and moderators for our lightning talk have been strategically selected for their diverse expertise and substantial contributions to the discourse on digital safety and gender issues. This panel intentionally embraces a multistakeholder approach, including representatives from civil society, government, academia, and the private sector to address the multifaceted nature of online gender-based violence.

Azmina Dhrodia is the Safety Policy Lead at Bumble in the United Kingdom. Her role involves developing and implementing policies that enhance user safety on digital platforms, making her expertise crucial for discussions on practical applications of the TFGBV framework in the private sector. Meg Chang, serving as the backup moderator, is the Public Policy Manager at Meta, APAC. Her experience with wide-reaching social media policies provides a broad perspective on regional and global strategies to combat online harassment, aligning perfectly with the session’s goals.

Shruti Shreya is a Senior Programme Manager at The Dialogue, focusing on Platform Regulation & Gender and Tech. She will present the TFGBV framework, providing insights into its development and strategic implementation from a civil society perspective.

Shamika Ravi, a member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council in India, brings a governmental viewpoint, discussing the socio-economic impacts of gender-based violence and government strategies for online safety.

Nicola Henry, a Professor at the Australian National University, contributes academic research on the intersection of technology and gender violence, offering evidence-based approaches to the framework’s application.

Pranav Tiwari, a Post Graduate scholar from India and a youth representative, offers a younger demographic's perspective on the challenges and needs related to online gender-based violence, emphasising the importance of engaging youth in these discussions.

Each panellist and moderator’s background is instrumental in fostering a comprehensive dialogue that addresses the nuances of implementing the TFGBV framework across different sectors and regions, aiming to enhance digital trust and safety on a global scale.
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