Consent apps don’t stop sexual violence, so quit trying to make them

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Yesterday, New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller suggested technology should be part of the solution to growing concerns around sexual assault. He encouraged serious discussion about using a digital app to record positive sexual consent. In our research, we have studied a wide range of mobile applications and artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots used in attempts to counter sexual violence over the past decade. We found these apps have many limitations and unexpected consequences. How apps are being used to address sexual abuse Apps aimed at responding to sexual harassment and assault have circulated for at least a decade. With…

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