Module 7: Cybercrimes
Modules on Litigating Freedom of Expression and Digital Rights in South and Southeast Asia
- As access to the internet continues to grow rapidly in Asia, cybercrimes are becoming ever more prevalent and dangerous.
- However, laws which regulate criminal activity on the internet, or cybercrimes laws, are increasingly providing tools for the state to suppress dissent and the media.
- Data privacy is starting to attract more widespread attention across Asia, with many countries recently passing data protection laws, albeit often containing insufficiently robust privacy protections.
- Concerningly, many cybercrimes have a particularly gendered nature, such as cyberstalking and the non-consensual dissemination of intimate images.
- There are various practical steps that can be taken to address online harms and ensure that fundamental rights are equally protected both off- and online.