As the ancient Chinese feared they would, we live in interesting times. Almost half of the global population is online, an estimated 3.2 billion people stay connected. Just as in fairy tales of yore, the World Wide Web is a space where good meets evil, where our Fears and Anxieties thrive, nurtured by real events, or rooted in imaginary phenomena, both of which can be found on the Internet which has become a mirror: reflecting the real world we live in, and changing the way we live offline. The Cyber Security and Internet Safety research stream will focus on the issues which lie at the interface of the Internet and modern challenges, anxieties and threats.
The Internet in itself is not a danger, but Internet users can indeed be a danger to themselves and to others. In order to recognize and understand cyber threats and perils, we invite academics and professionals, practitioners, business and NGOs, volunteers and activists, Foundations and Organizations interested in raising awareness of the dangers of the internet, to share with us their insights, skills and experiences. The issues of Cyber Security and Internet Safety can be approached from many perspectives: sociology, psychology, psychiatry, criminology, international relations, human rights, political sciences, media studies, literature, medicine and law. We invite Internet users who fell victim to cybercrimes, cyberbullying, and cyber disorders.
Who Should get Involved?
Cyber Security and Internet Safety remain a ‘hot’ issue and can attract a wide range of researchers and practitioners, interested in raising awareness of the dangers of the cyberspace, where we experience our interdisciplinary lives online. The problems, challenges and threats can be approached from many perspectives: sociology, psychology, psychiatry, criminology, international relations, human rights, political sciences, media studies, marketing, culture studies, literature, medicine and law.
Social marketing practitioners, volunteers and activists, Foundations and Organizations interested in Internet Safety, are invited to share with us their valuable insights, skills and experiences.
Testimonies of those who fell victim to cybercrimes, cyberbullying, and cyber disorders are invaluable.
The perils of the World Wide Web can afflict our offline wellbeing, and that is why Internet users should be made aware of the dangers: so as to avoid them and make their online activity safer. Interdisciplinary approach will facilitate further exchange and enable all of us to understand the complex reality of cyber threats. What one can understand one can master and, eventually, change for the better.