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A free conference in Lismore on ‘cyber harassment’, organised entirely by volunteers, will be held tomorrow, December 14.

Among the speakers is lawyer Christopher Dibb, who set a recent world precedent in identifying Google and Yahoo as publishing platforms accountable for defamation.

MC is author and journalist Ray Moynihan, and it is on at Whitebrook Theatre, Southern Cross University, Military Road, East Lismore.

Cyber-harassment (often referred to as ‘cyber-bullying’) is ‘the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others’.

It can be as simple as continuing to send emails to someone who has said they want no further contact with the sender, but may also includes making false accusations, threats, sexual remarks, and using pejorative labels (ie hate speech). Examples include harassment via a mobile phone, setting up a defamatory personal website, ganging up on victims by making them the subject of ridicule in forums, and posting false statements as fact aimed at humiliation. A repeated pattern of such behaviours towards a target by an adult, including gathering information in order to harass, constitutes cyber-stalking. The prevalence of this increasingly common behaviour online is affecting people and communities globally.

Victims of bullying of any kind typically feel powerless to repel or fight back against their aggressors. Cyber-harassment adds a new dimension to this powerlessness with its ability to reach the target 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Now a target cannot even rely on his or her home as a safe haven from bullying behaviour.

Find out more at www.realmediarealchange.org/speakers.


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