It is inconceivable to live without the internet in the current digital age. The internet has become our partner in daily life. It brings a lot of ease and convenience for its users. However, with widespread adoption, it has also welcomed and facilitated criminals, harassers, and fraudsters.
One primary reason for this is the anonymity factor of the internet. We observe frequent incidents around us as well as on social media where the harasser has ‘anonymously’ harassed the victim. To solve this issue, certain measures should be taken at the policy level. It is important for the government to urge companies and websites to develop protocols to monitor the content of messages without compromising their users’ privacy. A readily available technique is known as ‘Digital search warrants’. A software agent is created to inspect billions of messages daily to uncover the intention of fraud, harassment, and crime. But this surveillance should only be allowed if the content of the message infringes the laws and rules developed by cybercrime authorities. Through these methods we can easily overcome the problem and make the internet a safer place for all.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 1st, 2021.