12 Aug 2019, 15.00

The Committee on Justice and Equality is inviting written submissions from stakeholders and interested parties on the issues of online harassment, harmful communications and related offences.

The Committee wishes to examine the nature and extent of the problems of online ‘cyber bullying’, harassment, stalking, ‘revenge porn’ and other forms of harmful communications; international best practice for addressing these problems; whether self-regulation of harmful communications by social media companies is the best approach or whether new laws are necessary to cover such activities, and what forms such laws should take.

The Committee on Justice and Equality has decided to seek views, in the form of written submissions, from relevant stakeholders. The Committee will then commence a series of public hearings on these issues on 2 October 2019, with a view to publishing a report.

Stakeholders and interested parties who wish to respond are asked to include, a brief introduction, for example, explaining the area of expertise; any factual information the Committee might be able to draw conclusions, or which could be put to other parties for their reactions; links to any publications and any recommendations to the Committee.

The closing date for receipt of submissions is little over five weeks away on Friday, 20 September 2019, and further information can be found here

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