France calls for stronger cooperation on Human Trafficking

NHK World News January 7th, 2016 The Commission on Crime and Criminal Justice reconvened today to discuss the use of the technology and how it can be used to combat human trafficking. This is in an effort meet the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN in 2015 and which encompass areas such as: Gender Equality, Global Partnership and Development, and Building infrastructure, all in an effort to fight the problem using integrated technology and information sharing systems. France echoed that sentiment of cooperation this morning during the delegates opening comments. Stating that he hoped the three working papers could … Continue reading France calls for stronger cooperation on Human Trafficking

Assange implicated in Russian interference of U.S. Election

NHK World News Taylor Edison January 7th As the International Court of Justice get’s ready to release its verdict on Julian Assange at this afternoon’s press conference, newly declassified reports have been released from the Director of National Intelligence that implement his former website, WikiLeaks, in aiding the Russian’s cyber attack on the U.S. democratic process. The reports were declassified on December 6th. On January 5th, the Director of National Intelligence released a report on those documents that found that Russian hackers–under direct orders from Vladimir Putin–deliberately and maliciously hacked into emails and senior officials of the Democratic party with … Continue reading Assange implicated in Russian interference of U.S. Election

Underrepresented minorities of particular concern within CCPCJ discussions

The Jakarta Post Vancouver | Fri, January 6, 2017 | 1:47pm Not all groups are equally vulnerable to human trafficking, says the Slovakian delegate in addressing the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ). Throughout this weekend’s conference, delegates at the CCPCJ are taking into question what role modern information technology plays in guarding against human trafficking. Citing traveling Roma communities, the delegate raises concern for groups who are largely underrepresented in discussions on human trafficking. Those persons who move around frequently risk not being fully incorporated into a society. This makes them particularly vulnerable to social invisibility – … Continue reading Underrepresented minorities of particular concern within CCPCJ discussions

Empowering Victims of Human Trafficking

Creating an international database Times of India Jan 7, 2016 Women stand in the red-light district of Sonagacchi, India, watching a protest for the legalization of prostitution. Image source: Bikas Das/AP   In search of a better life, many men and women are drawn towards populous cities of India instead of rural areas. When offered employment in the city, many citizens jump at the opportunity to leave the rural areas in which they have always known. Unfortunately, many men and women find themselves exploited and abused. They fall victim to human trafficking. Stories like this are all too common across … Continue reading Empowering Victims of Human Trafficking

Technology Perhaps Too Complicated?

Artyom Borzhoska with Russia Today   The Committee on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice has been divided for the past few hours over what methods need to be implemented in tackling the issue of human trafficking. The German delegate described the division along the lines of the 3 “P’s” of human trafficking: prevention, prosecution, and protection, with the German effort focusing on prevention and the American effort focusing on prosecution.   According to the delegation from Germany, the committee has had trouble linking technology to the issue before the CCPCJ, describing the technological aspect as “going over people’s heads”. In … Continue reading Technology Perhaps Too Complicated?

Are We Solving Trafficking or Creating Gridlock?

Rio Times Opinion Article As technology advances, it is important that cybersecurity advances with it, as the sensitivity of online publications should be reflected in the amount of encryption. This issue is in full effect today, as the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) has decided to enact an international trafficking database, consisting of information on trafficking rings, known perpetrators, and methods of combatting the issue. When questioned how this will be protected from hacking, the delegate from Canada responded with “…we will include the foremost data technologies and other forms of international safety…” Unfortunately, this is same … Continue reading Are We Solving Trafficking or Creating Gridlock?

See a Kidnapping? Call the UN, not the Police

Fox News, reporting from the CCPCJ Image Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_centre#/media/File:Callcentre.jpg   Call Centres, How the UN Will Sidestep Police In order to combat international crime, the United Nations is hearing proposals that would see an international database of human trafficking statistics that would supersede the authority of local law enforcement. In a plan spearheaded by Canada, the database would use publicly available crime statistics, applying “Big Data Techniques” to identify “hotspots” of such crimes as kidnapping and human trafficking. The “Swamp Database”, a working title, would operate a hotline to collect reports of kidnapping and smuggling, which would not share that … Continue reading See a Kidnapping? Call the UN, not the Police

Discord in the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

The Jakarta Post   Vancouver | Sat, January 7, 2017 | 9:30am   Competition and division characterize the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) as they meet this weekend to discuss the use of modern information technology in guarding against human trafficking.   As vocalized by the French delegate, human trafficking must be addressed in three distinct stages: the states of origin of those persons being trafficked, the states through which they are trafficked, and the destination states. There already exist international mechanisms to address human trafficking from the perspective of hub or recipient states.   Given the … Continue reading Discord in the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

The Human Network

Der Spiegel Vancouver|Friday January 6, 2016| 20:59 An Ambitious Plan to Create a Database for Human Trafficking   From its conception, to its use as a tool, to its essentially unescapable influence in our lives every day, the internet has revolutionized the way information is exchanged. From a bird’s eye view however, the internet is nothing more than a database—a home for all information that ever existed and information that has yet to be created. It is this idea for a home of international and easily exchangeable information that has influenced delegates in the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal … Continue reading The Human Network