Research design: Exploring corporate and state remedies for technology-related violence against women

Between April 2013 and June 2014, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) carried out a multi-country research entitled „From impunity to justice“ as the part of its project End violence: Women’s rights and safety online. The research involved the collection of case studies that highlight the voices and experiences of women from the global south who have faced technology-related VAW. The research design outlines theoretical framework, research methodology, and instruments used in the research.

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Table of contents

I. Theoretical framework
1. Introduction 3
1.1. Background 3
1.2. A framework for mapping technology-related VAW 3
1.3. Interplay between offline and online violence 5
2. Common types of rights violations 6
3. Understanding harm in relation to technology-related VAW 7
4. Key stakeholders 9
5. Exploring legal remedies 9
5.1. Providing legal remedy in cases of technology-related VAW. 9
5.2. Areas for further research 11
6. Exploring corporate remedies 11
6.1. Liability issues and concerns 11
6.2. Corporate responsibility and international human rights 13
6.3. Corporate responsibility in regards to VAW 13
6.4. Existing responses and interventions 14
7. Works cited 17

II. Research design
1. Research as an output of the FLOW/EndVAW project 20
2. Research goals 20
3. Case study methodology and corresponding activities 21
4. Criteria for selecting cases 23
5. Indicators for analysis 25
6. Overarching research matrix 28
7. Ethics in the research process 30
8. Key terms, concepts and definitions 37

III. Research instruments
1. Check list for mapping domestic legislation 44
1.1. Check list 44
1.2. Contextual background and critical analysis of national legislation 46
2. Check list for mapping corporate user policies 47
3. Informed consent form for victims/survivors 49
4. Semi-structured interviews of victims/survivors 51
4.1. Background to the Interview 51
4.2. Interview questions 52
5. Semi-structured interview for law enforcers involved in the case 60
6. Semi-structured interview with NGOs involved in the case 61
7. Semi-structured interviews with internet intermediary representatives 62
8. Template for case study write-up 66
9. Guidelines for conducting the interview with VAW victim/survivor 68
Year of publication: 
2013