Trolls in the Public Park – Policing the beat without borders

By Rebecca Baldwin When I was 19 I was robbed in a public park near my home. It was dark and I never saw the assailant’s face. He yanked the bag forcibly from around my neck, scaled a nearby fence and was gone. The incident was frightening and yet the threat of harm was considerably short-lived – there was some residual shock but it lasted no more than a few days. Friends were surprised that …

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A Police Perspective: Why our current laws are not up to speed with society and technology

In the wake of the high profile death of media personality Charlotte Dawson, whose fight against trolling and cyberbullying was well documented, we are now seeing more calls for a change to the culture of online abuse. But are we yet realising the extent of the damage that has been happening right before our eyes? It is hard to imagine that as recently as the 60s and 70s it was socially acceptable that a man …

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UK ‘No More Page 3′ Campaign Calling for a Healthy Representation of Women in the Media

Happy International Women’s Day from the RMRC Team! As a part of our focus on ‘Media that Connects’,  RMRC will continue to showcase various forms of media from around the world which represents equality, care and healthy role models for individuals and the community. The ‘No More Page 3′ campaign – in the form of a petition, facebook page and written articles - is an inspiring example of this and shows the power of someone standing …

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Hundreds Gather to Celebrate and Honor Women in Lead up to March 9th ‘Official Celebration’

Real Media Real Change (RMRC) and Esoteric Women’s Health would like to thank all who attended the International Women’s Day lead up events being held interstate during the month of February for the ‘Nurturing the Woman within’ series. Hundreds of women gathered in Sydney, Melbourne  & Brisbane to celebrate and honour women in our communities. Feedback from those who attended suggests that this series is shaping up to be the first of many such events given the enthusiasm with which it …

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What is stopping Real Change?

There is a real problem with the media that requires real change. As Lord Justice Leveson said recently in a speech: “The press operating freely and in the public interest is one of the true safeguards of our democracy. As a result it holds a privileged and powerful place in our society. But this power and influence carries with it responsibility to the public interest in whose name it exercises these privileges. Unfortunately, as the …

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2012 – a Year of Exposing Internet Bullies

Today is the last day of 2012 and what a huge year it has been for exposing the intentional hurt and harm that anonymous hate speech has been causing on the internet. The phenomenon of anonymously and intentionally provoking an emotional response from others has become so common that there is now even a word for people who do this “trolls” and a whole language around it. There have been zillions of articles on the …

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Did 2Day FM break the law? And does it matter?

When two DJ’s from 2Day FM phoned a UK hospital to trick staff into revealing private details of the Duchess of Cambridge’s medical condition, what did they imagine the outcome would be? In the case of ‘successfully’ fooling the staff (which they did), the best case scenario would have been that a hard working nurse or receptionist would be fired from their job for giving out privileged information. Added to that it would have been …

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Interview with Christopher Dibb – Barrister at Law

Christopher Dibb is a barrister specialising in defamation and media law. He recently appeared as Counsel for Michael Trkulja, in which the search engines operated by Yahoo and Google were held liable for defamatory material distributed through their Web search services. Christopher shares with RMRC his experience of bullying and the internet, and what he hopes to offer as being part of RMRC’s inaugural conference.

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Interview with Dr Barbara Spears – Lead Researcher In The Field Of Young People And Cyber-bullying

Dr Barbara Spears is a leading researcher in the fields of: cyberbullying, peer relationships, the social dynamics of schools, and girls’ peer relationships and bullying behaviours. Initially trained as a primary school teacher, she taught in the State school system for many years and has completed her PhD on middle-school girls’ perceptions and experiences of their friendships, indirect aggression and bullying.  In this interview  Dr Spears shares with us her inspiration to work in her field, …

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Interview with Kirra Pendegast – Social Media and Security Expert, Co-founder of eConscious Consulting

Kirra Pendergast is a social media and security expert highly regarded by business and government sectors as a Social Media Governance, and Risk Mitigation specialist. Kirra is a Founding Partner of eConscious Consulting Pty Ltd. Here Kirra shares with RMRC her experience and concerns regarding cyber-harassment and her upcoming role as speaker at the inaugural RMRC conference.

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