From Mumbai to New York, and from Cape Town to Moscow, cell phones
and other devices are becoming ubiquitous in people’s everyday lives alongside
the use of various social media platforms such as Facebook and
YouTube. Despite their pervasiveness, the application of these technologies
to addressing pressing global concerns such as violence toward girls and
women (in universities, on the streets, in schools, and so on) is vastly under
realized. Indeed, much of the work to date on mobile and social media in
relation to such violence has been on its threats and harmful effects, particularly
in the context of cyberbullying and other forms of online harassment
(Hart and Mitchell 2015). But what are the possibilities for turning these
technologies into technologies of nonviolence?
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