Cyberviolence marks the urgent need for digital education

"Porn revenge" is a crime that has become highly relevant from the saga of anomalies that occur in cyberspace as a result of the negligent and willful use of information and communication technologies in times of social confinement.

This unpleasant act is a type of extortion that consists of using photographs and videos taken in privacy to publish them through social networks or Internet pages, as a revenge given to the breakup of a sentimental partner, and that most likely go viral.

Thus we find that, at the international level, we can all be victims of irreparable damage to our digital identity and immediately to our life in society.

But not only that behavior is part of the universe of phenomena of computer crimes that cause evil, we can also notice an increase in: sexting, sextorsion, cyberbullying and from this lead to identity theft.

Especially women and minors are more prone to an act of cyber violence, although there are federal laws and international treaties that protect their human rights, their digital rights such as: the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Montevideo Memorandum , Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of December 10, 1948, Article 11 of the American Convention on Human Rights (Pact of San José de Costa Rica), and in the case of Mexico the General Law of Girls , Children and Adolescents, the Federal Law on Protection of Personal Data Held by Private Parties, among others.

Mexico has worked on important legislative reforms in cyber violence, jointly known as the "Olympia Law", as a result of the diffusion of a video of unauthorized sexual content of a woman in the State of Puebla; As a result, an initiative was launched to reform the Penal Code in that State and classify such conduct as a violation of privacy; action that has been replicated in 17 States.

It is essential to pause and ask ourselves several questions about how these acts originate and how to prevent them. Being a victim of a computer crime is easy nowadays, due to the lack of digital education, this is demonstrated on social networks when everything that is done by a person is published, such as his address, private documents, his habits and hobbies. As well as sending intimate photographs by inbox message or Whatsapp.

On the other hand, there is no awareness among citizens about the configuration of their equipment and / or devices, nor do they take into account how important a password is and how to differentiate a secure website from one that is not.

We have to take into account that everything that goes through the network can be published, and therefore we are taking a risk. It is always possible, in one way or another, to get the video or image that was shared. We can make use of all the safeguards, encryption and automatic deletion software, such as Signal, Frankly, Disckreet, among others; but we don't know what the person on the other side is doing with the information we are sharing.

So, security is already violated. Therefore, we have to know that, if we carry out this type of practice, we are assuming the risk that at some point our content may reach social networks or we receive an email requesting a reward for not retransmitting our images or videos.

In short, remember to make backup copies, change passwords, acquire a paid VPN, verify the websites where you browse, that is, that have an SSL or TLS certificate, do not download the Facebook app on your mobile device, do not publish or send sensitive or intimate content by message. Today, everything leaves a trace and creates your history, protects your privacy.


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Rodolfo Guerrero
Rodolfo Guerrero Martínez is a lawyer for the Benemérita Universidad de Guadalajara, is CEO of Coffee Law. Producer and conductor of Legal Perspectives on Radio CUCEI at the University of Guadalajara. He is a founding Partner of the Mexican Academy of Law "Juan Velásquez" AC He has been a lecturer at the International Congress, talks and conferences on issues of computer law, human rights and immigration law.


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