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Information and communication technology (ICT) provide innumerable opportunities for participation in civic and political affairs and social activities, and has the potential to provide individuals with access to education and economic prospects, irrespective of their geographic location. ICT also provides users with immeasurable opportunities to communicate with others and share information. These opportunities, however, can be misused by others to sexually exploit and abuse children and adults, perpetrate anti-social and aggressive acts, and incite violence and other forms of aggression directed at individuals, groups and/or targeted populations with the intention of causing harm to others. This Module explores some of these cybercrimes, looking in particular at online child sexual exploitation and abuse, cyberstalking, cyberharassment, cyberbullying, various forms of gender-based cybercrimes (e.g., image-based sexual abuse and sextortion), and the measures used to counter, combat, and prevent these cybercrimes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define interpersonal cybercrime
  • Define and differentiate between types of interpersonal cybercrime
  • Describe and analyse the ways in which information and communication technology is used to facilitate these types of interpersonal cybercrime
  • Identify and critically engage with the role of law in addressing these cybercrimes
  • Recognize and assess the obstacles to responding to and preventing various interpersonal cybercrimes
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