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Facebook announced on Friday that it will soon be introducing new technology for detecting revenge pornography posted on the platform. We at McAllister Olivarius support the development of technology that gives victims of revenge pornography another way to fight back and regain their online privacy.

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With regard to his response to blackmail attempts, Wired argues, “We could all learn a thing or two from Jeff Bezos.” Managing Partner of McAllister Olivarius Jef McAllister spoke with Wired about responding to blackmail, suggesting it is best to never give in to blackmailers’ requests.

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This week, Johnny Lieu reported for Mashable that the Australian government has opened a new online portal for victims of revenge porn (or “image-based abuse”).  The portal is available here: https://www.esafety.gov.au/image-based-abuse/. We discuss how other countries could benefit from similar initiatives.

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Senior Partner Ann Olivarius joins Victoria Derbyshire on her BBC current affairs programme to discuss new guidelines that could see revenge porn offenders jailed for up to two years.

Ann explains the limitations of the current law and the consequences for our clients, including Chrissy Chambers, who has been fighting for justice for three years after her ex-boyfriend posted revenge porn material on a pornography website.

As the social movement against revenge pornography gets set to take to the streets of New York, the campaign’s founder Leah Juliett explains the importance of raising awareness of cyber sexual crimes and highlights the case of McAllister Olivarius client Chrissy Chambers.

Leah Juliett, Founder of March Against Revenge Porn
Source: http://marchagainstrevengeporn.org/

Dr Ann Olivarius was interviewed alongside Rachel Krys from End Violence Against Women on the day a new report from the Crown Prosecution Service reveals violent crimes against women in England and Wales have reached a record high.

While the number of prosecutions has also hit record levels, our Senior Partner explained why the new laws to protect women and girls from physical violence as well psychological control via social media don’t go far enough.

Our client Chrissy Chambers is the focus of an essay written by Hillary Clinton for Refinery 29 in which she hones in on the issue of revenge pornography.

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Our Senior Partner tells Wired.co.uk that abuse against women is nothing new but digital technology is enabling it to occur ‘on an unprecedented scale and in new transformations’.

Dr Olivarius says it is time to stop taking for granted that it is simply endemic to contemporary digital life but instead recognise that it is real, an extension of existing patterns of abusive behaviour in the real world.