SoK: The Dual Nature of Technology in Sexual Abuse

Borke Obada-Obieh, ; Yue Huang, ; Lucrezia Spagnolo, ; Konstantin Beznosov

25 May 2022

Abstract: This paper systematizes and contextualizes the ex- isting body of knowledge on technology’s dual nature regarding sexual abuse: facilitator of it and assistant to its prevention, reporting, and restriction. By reviewing 224 research papers, we identified 10 characteristics of technology that facilitate sexual abuse: covertness, publicness, anonymity, evolution, boundless- ness, reproducibility, accessibility, indispensability, malleability, and opaqueness. We also analyzed how technology assists victims and other stakeholders in coping with and responding to sexual abuse. Our research questions examined the challenges in using technology to address sexual abuse too. For instance, its use by victims can lead to revictimization. To address technology’s challenges, we offer recommendations and suggest new research directions. These findings about the dual nature of technology can inform research and development toward better support for victims of sexual abuse.

Published in: Borke Obada-Obieh,Yue Huang, Lucrezia Spagnolo, & Konstantin Beznosov. (2022, May). SoK: The Dual Nature of Technology in Sexual Assault. In Proceedings of the Forty-Third Symposium of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Security and Privacy (IEEE S&P 2022):

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