Digital Safety Conference 2016
Digital Safety Conference 2016

Digital Safety Conference 2016

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What is it?

The Digital Safety Conference 2016 will discuss the recent developments in online safety and harassment legislation, giving specific focus to the Law Reform Commission’s recent report on harmful communications and digital safety.

A panel of expert speakers will explore the consequences of the report and the frailties of the current legal framework, including the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997. The rise of “revenge porn” and voyeurism – the publishing of intimate photos and videos online without consent - as forms of online victim-shaming and intimidation, and the adequacy of current reprimands will be highlighted.

Key Topics will include:

  • The consequences for reform of the Law Reform Commission’s “Report on Harmful Communications and Digital Safety”

  • The drawbacks of current legislation, including the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997 and the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015

  • Current legal interpretations of new online infringements, such as “revenge porn”

  • Current Criminal Law remedies vs. Civil Law remedies and proposed new offences

  • The right to freedom of expression vs. the infringement of personal privacy and data protection rights

  • Recent case law review and an analysis of the profiles of typical victims of online abuse


Who Should Attend?

This conference is aimed at barristers, solicitors and legal professionals dealing with an interest in cyber law, privacy law and data protection law. The conference will be of particular interest to online safety advocacy groups and organisations, government & law enforcement agencies, and policy makers in this area.


CAROLINE COUNIHAN, Barrister-at-Law & Legal Policy Director, Rape Crisis Network Ireland

Caroline will be discussing the following topics:

  • The harm caused by online sexual abuse (of many kinds) to its victims;

  • Shortcomings of current criminal law in the area as a means of making perpetrator(s) accountable- Section 10 NFOAPA 1997, the incoming CLSO Bill etc, as far as victims of online sexual abuse are concerned;

  • Suggestions for improvements to criminal law, and also for non-criminal procedures to achieve swift take-down without complainants having to face the ordeal of making a formal criminal complaint.

PAULINE WALLEY, Senior Counsel

Pauline will be discussing “Achieving Timely Take-downs of Online Abusive Material“.

More details on her topic will be added soon.

More speakers announced soon.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The venue has an agreement with Fleet St. car park and the IFSC. Parking costs €10 per day, which is validated at Reception in Chartered Accountants House. The venue is also very close to Pearse Street train station.

Can I pay by cheque / bank transfer?

Yes. Please contact Chris at or on (01) 432 2273 if you wish to pay using one of these methods instead.


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Contact Chris at or on (01) 432 2273.


Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

A substitute attendee may be sent at any time for no additional charge. Please notify Chris at or on (01) 432 2273 in advance of the event.


What is the refund policy?

Cancellations must be received in writing, by fax or letter, no later than 14 days prior to the event for a refund (less an administration charge of 25% plus VAT). Regrettably, no refunds can be made after that date.

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