Rights group takes on online bullying

Source: The Malaysian Insight

The anonymity of the internet makes it a perfect place for cyber bullies to inflict harm, abuse or threats on others, besides invading users’ privacy. – EPA pic, October 7, 2017.

A HUMAN rights group looking to expand laws to protect online users from cyber-harassment will complete a public feedback initiative today and prepare a consultation document it hopes will form the basis for stronger laws to tackle the problem.

The Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR) will compile the views under its PeopleACT initiative and hand it over to internet regulator the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), various ministries and other organisations.

MCCHR project manager Lim Ka Ea said information communication technology was increasingly used as a tool to inflict harm, abuse or threats on others, besides invading users’ privacy.

Threats of rape, death and exposure of private data, information and photographs are emotionally stressful and the damage they inflict on their victims can sometimes extend to physical trauma, she said.

“In most of these cases, perpetrators of cyber-harassment are rarely held accountable for their behaviour  and the possibility of being anonymous in cyber-space exacerbates this problem,” Lim said. Read more

UndiMsia!Chats – Threats: All’s Fair in Love & War & Internet?

Because of the anonymous nature of the internet, online harassers feel emboldened and uninhibited when making death threats, rape threats and other abusive comments. Things that we don’t normally say to one another in the face are now being said with no reservations. But is the internet a distinct, separate part from our “real life”? Is the standard to prove threats different for online activities compared to face-to-face interactions?

Join our panel in this fourth of a five-part UndiMsia!Chat series on cyber harassment, where they will talk about online death and rape threats and other abusive comments and whether our current laws are adequate in addressing this modern form of violence.

You are also strongly encouraged to attend the remaining one chat on the following issue:

Series #5 (19 Aug, 11am – 12.30pm) – Is the current law sufficient to deal with the offence of online breach of privacy?

PeopleACT is an UndiMsia! intiative. It is run by a group of human rights defenders from different non-profit organisations in Malaysia. Its mission is to make the cyber environment a safer, more respectful and empowering space for Malaysians through strategic legislative advocacy and public awareness campaign.

For more information, please visit mcchr.org/sla.

UndiMsia!Chats – Online Obscenity Is in the Eye of the Beholder?

What is considered as “obscene” can vary from society to society and even from person to person. Often times, cyber harassment crosses the line of “obscenity” when it involves lewd comments and non-consensual disclosure of sexual images and videos. But what is “obscenity” to a reasonable person living in Malaysia?

The panel includes Dr. Surinderpal Kaur, a linguistic expert from Universiti Malaya and Mr. Mohd Mustaffa Fazil, the Executive Director of Communications and Multimedia Content Forum (CMCF). Join them in this third of a five-part UndiMsia!Chat series on the issue of cyber harassment, where they debate on what is the definition of “obscenity” and whether the current laws prohibiting obscene publications are sufficient to tackle cyber harassment and other harmful cyber behavior.

You are also strongly encouraged to attend the remaining two chats on the following issues:

Series #4 (12 Aug, 11am – 12.30pm) – Is the current Penal Code sufficient in addressing threats of death and rape and other abusive communications made online?

Series #5 (19 Aug, 11am – 12.30pm) – Is the current law sufficient to deal with the offence of online breach of privacy?

PeopleACT is an UndiMsia! intiative. It is run by a group of human rights defenders from different non-profit organisations in Malaysia. Its mission is to make the cyber environment a safer, more respectful and empowering space for Malaysians through strategic legislative advocacy and public awareness campaign.

For more information, please visit mcchr.org/sla.

UM!Chats – Is the CMA 1998 adequate to address cyber harassment?

The internet has become an essential part of our lives and with that, comes the ever growing problem of cyber harassment. In this first of a five-part UndiMsia!Chats series, People Against Cyber Threats/Harassment (PeopleACT) would like to consult the public on five specific issues on how the current laws in Malaysia deal with cyber harassment.

Joining us on the panel are Subang MP YB Sivarasa Rasiah, Dr. Izura Masdina Zakri, senior lecturer, faculty of law from University of Malaya and Prof. Zaharom Nain, professor of media and communications studies from University of Nottingham. The panel will be moderated by Long Seh Lih of PeopleACT.

Our panel will talk about how cyber harassment affects Malaysians andanalyse the adequacy of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998 in tackling cyber harassment while comparing it with laws from other countries. The talk will then open up to the audience for discussion.

We invite the public to attend this chat to help PeopleACT obtain as much feedback as possible on how best to tackle the issue of cyber harassment through legislative reform without compromising on freedom of expression.

You are also strongly encouraged to attend the remaining four chats on the following issues:

Series #2 (22 Jul, 11am – 1.00pm) – Is the current law sufficient to address online sexual harassment?

Series #3 (5 Aug, 11am – 12.30pm) – Is the current law prohibiting obscene publications sufficient to tackle cyber harassment?

Series #4 (12 Aug, 11am – 12.30pm) – Is the current Penal Code sufficient in addressing threats of death and rape and other abusive communications made online?

Series #5 (19 Aug, 11am – 12.30pm) – Is the current law sufficient to deal with the offence of online breach of privacy?

PeopleACT is an UndiMsia! intiative. It is run by a group of human rights defenders from different non-profit organisations in Malaysia. Its mission is to make the cyber environment a safer, more respectful and empowering space for Malaysians through strategic legislative advocacy and public awareness campaign.

For more information, please visit mcchr.org/sla.

Launch of People Against Cyber Threat/Harassment (PeopleACT) and #TakFunny Play

Invitation to the launch of People Against Cyber Threat/Harassment (PeopleACT)

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#TakFunny Play

In an effort to make our cyber space safer, more respectful and empowering for all, a group of people from different background and experience has formed PeopleACT – a campaign to create awareness about online harassment. PeopleACT has been doing researches, conducting surveys, and documenting incidents of online harassments with the aim of legislative reform, awareness raising and support for survivors of online harassment.

We invite you for the launch of the campaign where our members will share with you the work we have done so far and how you can be a part of this. Details of the launch are as follows:

Date : 8 April 2017 (Saturday)
Venue : MCCHR Pusat Rakyat LB
Time : 8:00pm

During the launch, we will also be staging a play called #TakFunny to showcase incidents of cyber harassment and what you can do about it.

For more details on the campaign, you can go here: https://www.mcchr.org/sla/

UndiMsiaChats: Freedom of Speech and Cyber Harassment

What is cyber harassment and its relationship with freedom of speech? What are the cyber harassment laws like in Malaysia? What to do if you are being cyber harassed?

Cyber Harassment is becoming more prevalent in this day and age and the repercussions on the victim may be more serious than you know.

Want to know more? Join us on 4th June 2016 for a conversation with Lawyer Foong Cheng Leong, foongchengleong.com and Blogger Audrey Ooi from fourfeetnine.com to get to know better on how to deal with cyber harassment.

Admission is free and open to all. Donations are encouraged.