Syrian government forces are increasingly using sexual violence and gang rapes as a weapon of war in the conflict there, according to a project using social networking technology to document each reported attack.
Published last week by the New York-based’s Media Center, as part of its Under Siege project, the research uses a crowd-sourced mapping platform to pinpoint where rapes or sexual attacks have been reported and allows victims to report any further cases in real time.
The tool? Crowdmap.
The Ordnance Survey has collected thousands of colloquial or informal place names in local use across the country with which it hopes to make its maps more accurate and up to date.