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Saudi Arabia's new "tracking" system for women | Articles | ECN Magazine via @ecnmagazine

Saudi Arabia's new "tracking" system for women | Articles | ECN Magazine via @ecnmagazine

When you work in the tech world, your days are usually full of creative people doing incredible things; on the darker days, you occasionally stumble on people (or governments) using technology in ways that make your skin crawl. This week’s example? Saudi Arabia is sending a text message to the guardian—usually a husband, father, or brother—of any woman who attempts to exit the country. While the kingdom isn’t known for its women’s rights, critics feel “tagging” women like a dog that wanders astray is way out of bounds and wrong on every level. Can’t say I disagree. A few facts about Saudi Arabian women: It’s the only country where women can’t legally drive; women must always be accompanied by a guardian called a mahram; women are listed as dependents on their guardian’s passports; women must always wear a full-length black covering called an Abaya, a full face covering cal...

Full article: http://www.ecnmag.com/articles/2012/11/saudi-arabias-new-...

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