Information and Communications Technology

Human trafficking in the ICT sector may exist in the extractive stages (mining for raw material), in the component manufacturing stage (where separate pieces are produced or combined), and in the production stage (where a good is assembled and packaged in a factory). Though practices that lead to human trafficking might occur even earlier, in the recruitment process. Recruitment fees paid to a labor broker may cause indebtness to the worker, which may then lead to forced labor (debt bondage).

Supplier Responsibility
Good PracticesPublications
01 January 2019

This 2019 Annual Progress Report outlines Apple’s efforts in 2018.

NetClean Report 2018
Publications
01 December 2018

The 2018 report by NetClean looks at police officers’ experiences and perspectives of self-produced material, organised offenders, obfuscation techniques, cryptocurrencies and deepfakes; as well as at employers’ experiences and perspectives of detecting that child sexual abuse material is handled on the...

2018 ICT Benchmark Findings Report
Publications
21 June 2018

This report found that while technology companies are working to bring the world closer together, they are failing to connect with workers in their own supply chains. Our ICT benchmark ranked the top 40 global ICT companies—with a combined market...

Using Blockchain To Combat Modern Slavery
Publications
15 April 2018

Blockchain first entered public awareness as the technology underpinning the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Whilst the longevity of Bitcoin remains uncertain, and governments and financial institutions alike are cautious in their acceptance of cryptocurrencies, the same cannot be said for blockchain technology,...

Using SAS® Text Analytics to Assess International Human Trafficking Patterns
Good PracticesPublications
11 April 2018

By Tom Sabo, Adam Pilz, SAS Institute Inc. Abstract  The US Department of State (DOS) and other humanitarian agencies have a vested interest in assessing and preventing human trafficking in its many forms. A subdivision within the DOS releases publicly...

Eradicating Forced Labor in Electronics
Publications
09 March 2018

The information and communications technology sector(ICT) is at high risk of forced labor. A significant number ofworkers in electronics supply chains are migrant workers who are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. The US Department of Labor lists China and Malaysia as countries where...

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