Introduction to Cyberviolence
- Betty SHAVE, Council of Europe expert – T-CY Mapping Study on Cyberviolence
- Katarzyna WOLSKA-WRONA, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) – Cyberviolence Against Women and Girls
- Menno ETTEMA, Council of Europe, Anti-Discrimination Department – Comprehensive Approach to Address Hate Speech (online)
“Cyberviolence is the use of computer systems to cause, facilitate, or threaten violence against individuals that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering and may include the exploitation of the individual’s circumstances, characteristics or vulnerabilities.” (T-CY Mapping study on cyberviolence, 2019)
This definition, although still a work on progress, suggests an extreme breadth of topics that are covered by the concept of cyberviolence. Some of these – such as violence against women and girls, cyber-harassment, cyber-bullying and violations of privacy, as well as hate speech – will be discussed during the webinar.
However, it is equally important to treat cyberviolence as an area of cooperation between various actors and initiatives for ensuring safer online environment for everyone. This presents multiple opportunities for cyberviolence to serve as an “integration” concept between various related themes; cybercrime and criminal justice response in general, as well as specific powers and procedures for electronic evidence offered by the Budapest Convention, could be among possible avenues for such cooperation.
Moreover, in times of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and continuing restrictions that increase reliance on the Internet, cyberviolence may be even more pervasive than before, and call for more coherent and coordinated approach between governments, private sector and the civil society.
The purpose of this webinar is to introduce the subject matter of cyberviolence from the perspective of relevant topics that are inherently connected to the use of information and communications technology.
Although not exhaustive in scope and coverage of respective forms of cyberviolence, this webinar will be an introduction to the series of dedicated webinars that will further focus on specific themes and areas discussed during the event.
The webinar is designed to encourage an interactive participation and to facilitate information sharing among participants, discussing relevant experiences, good practices, challenges and opportunities.
- Identify and discuss different forms of cyberviolence;
- Discuss roles and responsibilities of various institutions and actors, including law enforcement, in deterring and handling of these threats;
- Present good practices of dealing with various forms of cyberviolence.
- The Council of Europe maintains a dedicated page on cyberviolence, with sections on:
- Legislation on cyberviolence;
- Inventory of initiatives, policies, strategies on cyberviolence;
- Resources on cyberviolence.
- Council of Europe, T-CY Mapping Study on Cyberviolence (2018)
- Council of Europe, Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime, concerning the criminalisation of acts of racist and xenophobic nature committed through computer systems
- Council of Europe, No Hate Speech Movement
- Council of Europe, Inclusion and anti-discrimination
- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), No Hate Parliamentary Alliance
- Council of Europe, European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)
- European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), General Policy Recommendation no. 15 on combating hate speech
- Council of Europe, Work on hate speech
- Council of Europe, Committee of Experts on Combating Hate Speech (ADI/MSI-DIS)
- Counil of Europe, HELP Platform (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) – Course on hate crime and hate speech
- Council of Europe, Fighting discrimination, hate crime and hate speech in Georgia
- Council of Europe, Recommendation CM/Rec(2019)1 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on preventing and combating sexism
- Council of Europe, Istanbul Convention. Action against violence against women and domestic violence
- European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), Study on Cyber Violence Against Women and Girls (2017)
- CyberEast project