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Examining the extent, nature and impact of tech-facilitated abuse

Technology-facilitated abuse refers to the use of mobile, internet and surveillance technologies in interpersonal harms, such as online sexual harassment, stalking, partner violence, and image-based abuse. Australian research has shown that technology-facilitated abuse is a growing problem – in particular, as a tool used by perpetrators in violence against women. Our previous collaborative research into image-based [...]

By |2020-09-22T15:29:33+10:00September 22nd, 2020|Categories: Cybersafety|0 Comments

Media reporting on mental illness, violence and crime needs to change

Anna Ross, University of Melbourne; Elizabeth Paton, University of Newcastle, and Michelle Blanchard, University of Melbourne The media is a key source of information about mental illness for the public, and research shows media coverage can influence public attitudes and perceptions of mental ill-health. But when it comes to complex mental illnesses such as psychosis [...]

By |2020-09-21T15:38:48+10:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Cybersafety|0 Comments

A computer can guess more than 100,000,000,000 passwords per second. Still think yours is secure?

Paul Haskell-Dowland, Edith Cowan University and Brianna O'Shea, Edith Cowan University Passwords have been used for thousands of years as a means of identifying ourselves to others and in more recent times, to computers. It’s a simple concept – a shared piece of information, kept secret between individuals and used to “prove” identity. Passwords in [...]

By |2020-09-21T15:30:48+10:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Cybersafety|0 Comments

New research shows trolls don’t just enjoy hurting others, they also feel good about themselves

Evita March, Federation University Australia There is an urgent need to understand why people troll. Recent Australian estimates show about one in three internet users have experienced online harassment. Across several research studies, I have attempted to construct the psychological profile of those who trolls to harm others. In my most recent study, conducted with [...]

By |2020-09-21T15:23:24+10:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Cybersafety|0 Comments

Is cancel culture silencing open debate? There are risks to shutting down opinions we disagree with

Hugh Breakey, Griffith University Feature image: Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND Earlier this week, 150 high-profile authors, commentators and scholars signed an open letter in Harper’s magazine claiming that “open debate and toleration of differences” are under attack. Signatories included JK Rowling, Margaret Atwood, Gloria Steinem and Noam Chomsky. While prefacing their comments with support [...]

By |2020-07-14T13:59:32+10:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Cybersafety|0 Comments

I’ve spoken to some of the world’s worst trolls. Here’s what can help keep your kids safe online

Ginger Gorman has literally written the book on understanding online trolling. In the process she's uncovered entire networks dedicated to harassing individuals off the Internet entirely, as well as poisoning the minds of the young and the vulnerable with hateful ideologies. Sadly, this is just one of the dangers posed by the online world. On [...]

By |2019-09-30T17:30:13+10:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Fighting the insidious rise of deepfakes

Deepfake software has becoming increasingly sophisticated and easy to use, which means nearly anyone can now create explicit material using someone's image. Young Australian Noelle Martin found this out to her horror when she discovered explicit images of her face on the bodies of adult film actresses online. She had never had a boyfriend, never [...]

By |2019-10-21T15:23:10+11:00September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Consent, Cybersafety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

In a world of cyber threats, the push for cyber peace is growing

Digital conflict and military action are increasingly intertwined, and civilian targets – private businesses and everyday internet users alike – are vulnerable in the digital crossfire. But there are forces at work trying to promote peace online. It will be a tough challenge: In May 2019, Israel responded to unspecified cyberattacks by Hamas with an [...]

By |2020-03-09T11:29:21+11:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Cybersafety|0 Comments

Children can be exposed to sexual predators online, so how can parents teach them to be safe?

Many teenagers use mobile phones and social media almost constantly. And children are gaining access to these devices and platforms at increasingly younger ages. This is a challenge for parents who need to keep up with their children’s use, the evolution of devices, and how this changes how they have to parent. Studies show parents [...]

By |2020-03-09T11:29:22+11:00September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Cybersafety|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Youth with a disability face more risk online

Increased digital participation has provided many positives for young people with disabilities, but greater potential risks can also be found lurking online for those who live with a disability, according to latest research from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. The potential risks – such as exposure to inappropriate content, excessive use, and image-based abuse [...]

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