Cyber Violence Executive Summary revisions

The Broadband Commission, one of the main organizations behind the infamous UN Cyber Violence Report, has recently released a revised Executive Summary. Previously, they had rescinded the original report after receiving wide criticism for their sloppy source materials, which ranged from blank links to somehow sourcing a local author’s hard drive. I do not believe that the newly released Executive Summary is meant to replace the original, but rather to clarify its objective and goals.

Below, I have recorded each change I was able to find between the two documents.



Added Objective

  • “The main objective of this Discussion Paper is to call attention to emerging trends and to start discussions on the implications of these trends on efforts to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women in the digital age. This paper recognizes the wide array of issues related to ‘cyber-violence’ and does not present itself as a full compilation of those issues or of proposed solutions.”

*Note* Overall, they have changed the descriptor of the document from a “report” to a “discussion paper”. They emphasize this in the third paragraph where the only change was from “Writing this report has…” to “Writing this discussion paper has…”


  • “In May 2015, a Toronto sports reporter was verbally assaulted while broadcasting live at a professional soccer league game. Following public outrage, the main aggressor lost his high paying job at a public corporation. The sports team also banned four of the offenders from the stadium.”

*Note* This story was removed as an example of a “high profile incident.” No source given.



  • “In 1995 less than 1 per cent of the world population was connected to the Internet. That number has grown to 40 per cent, with over three billion unique Internet users.”


  • Previous – “While women are about 25 per cent less likely to have access today…”
  • Current – “While fewer women than men access the Internet today”

*Note* Neither statement has a source given.


  • “Another report on women’s access to and use of mobile technology shows a growing gender “use” gap which is partly attributable to women’s concerns over privacy and security.”
    • Source – Bridging the Gender Gap: Women’s Mobile Access and Usage in Low and Middle Income Countries , GSMA, 2015
    • Link to Study

*Note* The study they use to show a gender gap in access/use of mobile technology did not include the U.S. While women in “Low and Middle Income Countries” may be concerned over privacy and security, there is no evidence that it can be applied to the women in the U.S. or other developed countries.


*Note* Original sentence = Failure to address and solve cyber VAWG could significantly impede the digital inclusion of women everywhere, putting women at increasing disadvantage for being excluded from enjoying the benefits of ICTs and the Internet.

If I’ve missed anything please let me know.


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