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‘Harmful digital communications’ focussed conference

Netsafe hosts NZ’s first ‘harmful digital communications’ focussed conference

9 November 2016 - Netsafe is hosting the Confronting Online Harm Together Conference ahead of its new role to help people with online harassment and cyberbullying from late November.

Netsafe’s conference brings together some of the best local and international experts to talk about harmful digital communications. The conference which commences tomorrow covers a range of topics including cyberbullying, online harassment, revenge porn, eharrasment, eviolence and the sexual exploitation of children online.

Martin Cocker, Netsafe’s Chief Executive, says, “The conference is the most important and informative meeting for legislators, educators, academics, policy makers, law enforcement, and community focussed organisations who see the negative impacts of digital communications.

Attendees will alsohear more about Netsafe’s upcoming responsibility to receive, assess and help resolve complaints caused by harmful digital communications. This is a significant new service for New Zealand internet users and Netsafe welcomes the responsibility that comes with it.”

Justice Minister Amy Adams will open the conference which features a variety of keynote speakers, panel discussions and workshops. The Price of Celebrity panel will see Samantha Hayes, Mike Puru, Max Key, Kris Fox, Verity Johnson and Richie Hardcore share their own online experiences.

Notable keynote speakers include Dr Justin Patchin, Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, David Wright, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and the coCEOs of Project Rockit, Australia’s youth-driven movement against cyberbullying, hate and prejudice.

“As technology use has become more prolific so has cyberbullying and online harassment,” says Martin. “The conference provides an opportunity for stakeholders to come together, find ways to deal with online harm and harassment, and empower New Zealand internet users to access the opportunities available in a digital society”.


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