Technology & Trafficking
Mar 20, 2018

20th March, 2018 | 9:30am - 5:30pm (Register For Participation Here)

JUSTICE & CARE and CENTRE FOR IT AND PUBLIC POLICY, IIIT Bangalore will be hosting a 1-day Symposium on Technology & Trafficking at our campus.

Detailed Schedule

Technology for Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Protection, 20th MAR

Background about the symposium:

The ILO in its recent study estimates that a staggering 40 million people worldwide are enslaved through human trafficking, making an estimated $150bn in profit annually.

Human Trafficking respects no borders and is a crime that transcends national boundaries in its commercial chain of exploitation and therefore requires global definition and global efforts. The most universally accepted definition of human trafficking is the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation”.

The use of technology in trafficking is not extensively documented. However, experiential, and anecdotal evidence shows that Internet and other digital technologies, mobile phones or communication technologies are being used for the same. Technology can and is being used to accelerate the reach and diversify modes of trafficking with increased challenges for prevention, investigation or prosecution. Therefore, the need is to understand its usage by criminal networks and to build capacity of society and institutions to also deploy technology as a solution to effectively combat trafficking. 

Objectives of this Symposium

Raise awareness about the issue of trafficking and particularly the use of technology by the perpetrators as well as those fighting the issue
Understand the challenges that are currently being faced with regard to the use of technology in Anti-Human Trafficking (AHT)
Sharing of strategies that are working both within India, as well as internationally
Devising innovative technological solutions that could be implemented to help with prevention, prosecution and protection in the trafficking sector
To develop a way forward to implement the innovations and necessary tools to make the fight against human trafficking more effective
In all this, to generate a closer-knit partnership between academia, corporate India, Public Sector and NGOs in the fight against human trafficking.

The proceedings of the symposium will be compiled in the form of a report and would list all participants and their contributions. 

09:30 - 09:45 Registration
Welcome Address, Prof. Sadagopan, Director-IIITB
Inaugural Address, Ms. Gayathri Kalia, Justice & Care

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:10 Technology for Trafficking: Setting the Context, Mr. Peter, Justice & Care
11:10 - 13:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: Challenges in Anti-Human Trafficking

Moderator: Ms. Gayathri Kalia, Justice & Care
Mr. Pranab Mohanty: An Administrative / Investigator's perspective
Mr. Pankaj Bafna: Legal Perspective
Ms. Uma M.G, - Govt. Response and Progress from a Legal Perspective
Mr. Rizwan Shaik: The Deep Web and what it means to Human Trafficking
IJM Philippines: Challenges and Successes of Tackling Online Child Exploitation (Video Conference)
Deloitte (TBC): The use of forensics against Organised Crime

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: Leveraging Technology for Child Protection & Anti-human Trafficking

Moderator: Prof. Manish, Infosys Chair Professor, IIIT-B
Liberty Asia - The benefits in shared data
Mr. Valmeeka Nathan, Member-Executive Council - Nasscom Foundation
Mr. Nataraj KS, VP - Open Innovation & Tech4Good, Accenture Labs
Mr. Suby Ivatury, Global Council Member - UN Impact 2030
Mr. Mohan Ram, Lawful Interception
Ms. Srujana M, Machine Learning/Data Science Consultant

Invited Corporate Leaders: 

Ms. Meenu, Mphasis India
Mr. Nirbhay, Fidelity India
Mr. Madhusoodhan, HPE
Mr. Chethan, Infosys
Mr. Venkatesh K, Knight International Journalism Fellow

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break 



Keynote Address, Ms. Stuti Kacker, Chair Person-NCPCR

16:45 - 17:15 Wrap-up and Next Steps

17:15 - 17:30 Closing Remarks & Vote of Thanks by Prof. Amit Prakash, IIIT Bangalore