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Cyberbullying and Revenge Porn

The dark side of the Internet age

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The dark side of the Internet age is that nothing gets forgotten—particularly for the young. “Social media has changed the coming-of-age process in the sense that a lot more of it is taking place in public now, in ways that it maybe didn’t when I was a teenager,” says feminist activist and community manager Steph Guthrie. “Girls feel pressured to post sexy images, and then they get shamed for posting sexy images.”

Law professor Danielle Citron agrees: “Young people are texting each other naked photos because [they] want to be sexy to someone. You’re seventeen years old, it’s the thing to do. And unfortunately like anything, [when] we’re young, we’re irresponsible. Sometimes we’re sociopathic, passing it around to other people.”

In a lot of cases, Guthrie adds, “we’re seeing that those images are being shared maliciously and without consent.” As there continue to be more and more instances of cyberbullying and revenge porn, how will society respond? Is our justice system equipped to deal with cyber harassment? How do we teach consent?

Guests

  • Danielle Citron, professor of law, University of Maryland (@DANIELLECITRON)
  • Steph Guthrie, founder, Women in Toronto Politics (@amirightfolks)
  • Kashmir Hill, privacy columnist, Forbes (@kashhill)
  • Avner Levin, director, Privacy & Cyber Crime Institute, Ryerson University
  • Jules Polonetsky, director, Future of Privacy Forum (@JulesPolonetsky)

Credits

  • Host, producer, and writer: Ramona Pringle
  • Director of photography: Lisa Lightbourn Lay
  • Motion graphics: Olney Atwell
  • Post supervisor: Wil Noack
  • Post-production assistants: Dylan Morgan, Ian Holland
  • B-roll camera: Eric Sleeth, Joey Ferguson, and Luke Nater
  • Field camera: Jefferson Wright
  • Editorial assistants/social media: Marie Alcober, Ishani Nath
  • Content manager: Martin Waxman
  • Special thanks: Charles Falzon, Gerd Hauck, Val Fox, Sheldon Levy, Ben Peto

Join The Walrus and RdigitaLIFE as we explore some of the biggest issues in privacy—from surveillance to revenge porn to the social bargain that we enter into every time we go online. During this week and the next, @walrusmagazine and @RdigitaLIFE will be co-hosting several privacy-related Twitter chats, organized around the hashtag #rprivatelife. Please follow both feeds for more information.

RdigitaLIFE is an independent project, based at Toronto’s Ryerson University, that explores human interactions with technology.