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2024


Prof. Clare McGlynn: 'Sexual Violence in the Metaverse: naming, framing and reforming the criminal law'

Bio: Clare McGlynn KC (Hon) is a Professor of Law at Durham University, UK and a leading authority on regulating image-based sexual abuse, deepfake abuse and pornography. Her research and policy advice has been instrumental to the adoption of new criminal laws tackling online abuse, including cyberflashing and deepfake porn and she has worked with coalitions of survivors, politicians and policy-makers to improve protections for women and girls in the UK’s Online Safety Act, the EU’s Digital Services Act and the EU’s gender violence directive. She has worked with Meta, TikTok, Google and Bumble to shape better responses to online abuse and her recent books include Cyberflashing: recognising harms, reforming laws (2021) and Image-Based Sexual Abuse: a study on the causes and consequences of non-consensual imagery (2021).