What could happen if these crimes are not tackled rapidly?
The number of people becoming victims of cybertorture and coordinated stalking is growing. This growth is exacerbated by the advent of increasingly sophisticated new technological tools.
We have already heard how devastating these technologies can be on the mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing of the victims. Now let’s just imagine a future in which these technologies have been developed to a far greater extent. This could threaten the freedom of everyone by facilitating the following:
- Devices would be made more powerful and significantly smaller in size.
- Perpetrators would be able to target more victims and at even greater distances than currently possible.
- Mental manipulation or interference would be achievable on a larger scale, without the knowledge or consent of the victims. Meaning, it would be possible for anyone or any group of people in possession of these technologies to control or exploit the decisions or views of anyone they choose to. Just visualise that happening in the political and economic arena.
These are some of the reasons why it’s incredibly urgent to address and contain the development and usage of these technologies.