Sunday, 30 October 2016 20:33

Online reporting tool will help in fight against ‘revenge porn’

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The federal government is developing a new online reporting tool which will allow victims to report cases of non-consensual sharing of intimate images — commonly referred to as “revenge porn” — and to access immediate and tangible support.

The move, just announced  by the Turnbull government, forms part of a suite of measures in its Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, which is backed by $100 million in government funding.

Funding totalling $4.8 million will go towards the development of a national online reporting tool to help counter the effects of non-consensual sharing of intimate images.

The new reporting tool is expected to be launched next year.

{lopadposition peter}The announcement says that, “unfortunately, non-consensual sharing of intimate images has become increasingly common due to the proliferation of smartphones and social media. Victims are typically young people”.

The online reporting tool will be managed by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, which the government says has already established a successful online portal to assist victims of cyberbullying.

The commissioner also manages the existing eSafetyWomen website, established with a $2.1 million funding commitment from the government’s Women's Safety Package announced in September 2015.

The eSafetyWomen website offers a range of resources to help women manage technology risks and abuse by giving them the tools they need to be confident when online.

Click here to access the esafety website.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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