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More than revenge: when intimate images are posted online

“Revenge porn”. It’s when a partner or ex-partner posts nude or intimate pictures or videos online and without consent. And in the absence of better laws, perpetrators are largely getting away with it. The media and public responses to the issue have been slowly shifting. Where once it was common to blame and shame victims […]

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Hate Speech in the Digital Age

In August 2012 an Australian-based Facebook page collating ‘Aboriginal Memes’ sparked controversy over the meaning of racism and racially-based hate speech. The memes depicted Aboriginal Australians along with statements describing them as an inferior race of violent, petrol-sniffers, drunks, and dole-bludgers. After receiving complaints from members of its online community, Facebook slapped a warning on […]

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New ‘Sexting’ Laws Tabled in Victorian Parliament Today

Today, the Victorian Parliament tabled legislation that would spare teens from serious child pornography offences in cases of consensual sexting, and create two new summary (or minor) offences for: distributing an intimate image without consent, and threatening to distribute an intimate image without consent. These laws respond to the need identified by the Victorian community […]

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Beyond the Sext

While there is much to celebrate about advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), they also create new ways for committing old crimes. In the case of sexual violence, ICTs create a new medium for perpetrating and continuing gender-based harms and violence against women and girls. Yet notwithstanding recent media and public attention to teen […]

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