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Conference on the EU Anti-Traficking Day
Digital Technology: An unprecented opportunity for the prevention of traficking
Digital technology is at the core of the current global policy agenda. In July 2018, the UN Secretary General announced the creation of a High-level Panel on digital cooperation to launch a worldwide consultation about the trends, potential and impact of digitalisation1. Switzerland is part of this initi-ative, with the Swiss Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard being one of the 20 experts sitting on the panel. Whilst digitalisation is not one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it plays a major role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
When it comes to Trafficking in Human Beings (THB), the dual use of technology lies at the heart of the debate. Digital technology, through mobile phones, social media platforms or internet recruit-ment portals, can be a means of facilitating human trafficking. At the same time, digitalisation can provide powerful tools to prevent THB and uphold human rights, for instance, through the creation of hotlines and digital reporting Apps to facilitate early identification.
Modern technological tools are also needed to leverage data to combat human trafficking. Data on this hidden, transnational crime is scarce and too often isolated in silos, leading to fragmented knowledge. Increased access to reliable, high quality data is essential to develop evidence-based pol-icy responses and strengthen counter-trafficking institutions worldwide.
These topics were focussed and discussed on the conference. The presentations and discussions will be held in English and French with simultaneous translation.
To register, please send an Email including your name, job title and company/ institution to Emilie Ballestraz. Registrations is open till 5th October 2018.