The body plays a crucial role in Instagram influencers’ selfies.
A study of Instagram influencers has found most employ a highly sexualised aesthetic drawn from mainstream adult film. And many are subject to sexual harassment, ranging from aggressive comments to physical threats.
Smartphones have put the tools for bullying and voyeurism in the pockets of schoolchildren.
France's #MeToo backlash has revealed just how deeply rooted sexism is in the country. Disguised as flirtation or child's play, sexual harassment begins as early as elementary school.
The definition of “trolling” has changed a lot over the last 15 years.
Some people still think "trolling" refers to harmless fun. If we want to reduce abusive online behaviour, let's start by getting our definitions right.
Eroding civility is not just a U.S. phenomenon. We need to learn how to speak to each other, no matter what our politics.
Eroding civility is not just an American phenomenon; it's global. But it's time for a return to civility as we reflect on how we will be judged and remembered when the dust of history settles upon us.
What causes a media business to bar the door?
While they may talk about 'free speech,' businesses make decisions about their content based on a very different set of principles.
It can be complicated to teach a computer to detect harassment and threats.
It could seem attractive to try to teach computers to detect harassment, threats and abusive language. But it's much more difficult than it might appear.
The way user interfaces are designed can impact the kind of community that gathers.
Eliminating anonymity is often touted as a solution to hostile online behaviour, but research shows that agreeable people who are more likely to leave positive comments prefer to do it anonymously.
Social media sites should face tougher laws, but education is also key to tackling online abuse.
Companies and governments should do more to prevent 'revenge porn' without asking potential victims to send their nude photos to Facebook.
We need to call out trolling for what it is: harassment and abuse.
The media is doing the public a disservice by using the word "trolling" to describe more serious behaviours that should be defined as online harassment and abuse.
The experience of journalists like Maria Ressa is all too common.
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Filipino journalist Maria Ressa has faced online harassment campaigns designed to discredit and silence her.
Comments like 'little girl needs to keep to herself before daddy breaks her face' get a free pass in the name of free speech.
Actor and presenter Faustina Agolley speaking on Q&A.
On Q&A, panellist Faustina Agolley questioned whether there were laws protecting against revenge porn in Australia. As it turns out, it all depends on where you live.
The release of CCTV footage of Melbourne woman Jill Meagher’s last moments via social media channels assisted in apprehending her killer.
Like many other advancements in communication technology, social media has a good, a bad and an ugly side when it comes to its relationship with crime, criminal justice and the law.
Minister for Communications and Arts, Mitch Fifield, speaking on Q&A on August 23, 2016.
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield told Q&A that the Children’s eSafety Commissioner has investigated 11,000 cases of cyberbullying and can fine social media firms $17,000 a day. Is that true?
Sydney man Zane Alchin pleaded guilty to bombarding young women on Facebook with graphic, sexually violent messages.
A case in Sydney is the latest instance in which the powers-that-be contribute to the widespread victim-blaming and perpetrator-exonerating in relation to cyber violence against women and girls.
Some survivors are using social media and other online platforms to share their experiences of sexual violence and seek support.
By speaking out about sexual violence and creating safe online spaces to seek support, victim-survivors may also encourage others to report the crime.
Flashing in public is illegal, shouldn't its online equivalent be treated the same way?
Enough! There is a way to end the harassment of women in science.
The public outing of a number of high profile scientists in sexual harassment cases shows the current system of protecting women isn't working. But there is a solution.
Australian law is yet to catch up with new forms of networked digital abuse against women.
In the social media age, perpetrators can devastate their partner or ex-partner psychologically, socially and financially, while remaining cloaked in anonymity from cyberspace.