WOMEN

The increasing reach of the internet, the rapid spread of mobile information, and the widespread use of social media, coupled with the existing pandemic of violence against women and girls (VAWG), has led to the emergence of cyber VAWG as a growing global problem with potentially significant economic and societal

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Cyberstalking  involves the use of information and communications technology (ICT) to perpetrate more than one incident intended to repeatedly harass, annoy, attack, threaten, frighten, and/or verbally abuse individuals. Perpetrators can engage in cyberstalking directly by emailing, instant messaging, calling, texting, or utilizing other forms of electronic communications to communicate obscene, vulgar, and/or defamatory comments and/or threats to the victim and/or the victim's family, partner, and friends, and use technologies to monitor, survey and follow the victim's movements. Perpetrators can also engage in cyberstalking indirectly by causing damage to the victim's digital device (by, for example, infecting the victim's computer with malware and using this malware to surreptitiously monitor the victim and/or steal information about the victim) or by posting false, malicious, and offensive information about the victim online or setting up a fake account in the victim's name to post material online (social media, chat rooms, discussion forums, websites, etc.).

Submit an Internet crime complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center - IC3.

Complaints filed via the IC3 website are processed and may be referred to federal, state, local or international law enforcement or regulatory agencies for possible investigation. 

  • Make your posts 'friends only' so that only people you know get to see them.
  • Don't let social networks post your address or phone number publicly. (You might even want to have a separate email address for social media)
  • If you need to share your phone number or other private information with a friend, do so in a private message - not in a public post.
  • Use a gender-neutral screen name or pseudonym for your social media accounts — not your real name.
  • Leave optional fields in social media profiles, like your date of birth, blank.
  • Only accept friend requests from people you have actually met in person. Set your social networks to accept friend requests only from friends of friends.

Catfishing is a form of fraud or abuse where someone creates a fake online identity to target a particular victim. Catfishers may lure their victims into providing intimate photos or videos, then blackmail them, or may develop a relationship and then ask for money for a sudden emergency

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DEFINITIONS

Camfecting

In the field of computer security, is the process of attempting to hack into a person's webcam and activate it without the webcam owner's permission.

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DOCUMENTS

Cyber violence against women and girls

The increasing reach of the internet, the rapid spread of mobile information, and the widespread use of social media, coupled with the existing pandemic of violence against women and girls (VAWG), has led to the emergence of cyber VAWG as a growing global problem with potentially significant economic and societal...

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ENTERTAINMENT

Cyberstalker (film)

Cyberstalker (a.k.a. Offline) is a 2012 Lifetime television thriller directed by Curtis Crawford and starring Mischa Barton. Barton stars as a young artist living in seclusion since her parents were murdered by her stalker thirteen years earlier; her peace is suddenly disturbed by his reappearance.

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