Idea for women to watermark nude pics wins award

A team of four Singapore Management University (SMU) students proposed that a feature be set up on messaging app Telegram to allow women to watermark their nude photos with the recipient’s name, so as to deter mass forwarding of the photos.

They also suggested an anti-forwarding technology to be implemented on the app to prevent immediate leaks of intimate or nude photos.

Their team was one of the four winners of Hackathon for a Better World. The theme for this year’s competition was tackling online harms, especially against women and girls.

Speaking at the virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, Minister of State for Communications and Information Tan Kiat How said: “The risk of exposure to online harms and threats have increased significantly, especially in the new normal of learning, working and socialising from home.

“The government cannot tackle this issue alone. Events such as this hackathon are an important avenue to bring together like-minded individuals from all walks of lives... to tackle online harms.”

Organised by DBS Bank, the Singapore judiciary and the Ministry of Communications and Information, the hackathon saw 28 teams come up with solutions to foster a safer online space for women and girls over a two-month period from July 21.

The four SMU students in team Go Women, whose proposal won the Most Innovative Idea Award, said they joined the hackathon to help women who were victims of leaked nude photos and to prevent such leaks from happening to others. — The Straits Times/ANN

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