Date: 13 April 2016
Venue: MU514, Lord Swraj Paul Building/Business School, Molineux Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SG
Cyberspace has traditionally been regarded as a lawless environment – as much for its jurisdictional difficulties, as for its lack of physical nature. In the last 10 years, there has been a huge increase in cybercrime, and recently, cyber stalking, cybersex and cyber-pornography have all become prevalent. However, such environments remain largely unregulated.
Gender inequality, racism, and other forms of discrimination are perpetuated in modern society and the criminal justice system. Just like real life, cybercrime includes gender-based crime, especially gender violence, which primarily victimises women (or rather female characters and avatars). Cybercrimes are committed against female characters and avatars. But how does the system of ‘virtual justice’ address this intersection of law and popular culture and (if at all) these emerging issues? What is the place of human rights in this contemporary debate?
This paper will explore the critical issues of gender-based cybercrime in popular culture and media, assessing the progress made, and contemporary challenges to tackling such behaviours.
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