Regulating tech-sex and managing image-based sexual abuse: An Australian perspective

Anne-Maree Farrell*, Nicole Shackleton, Elizabeth Agnew, Samantha Hopkins, Jennifer Power

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A range of technologies now exist to facilitate sexual desire, pleasure and intimacy. Colloquially known as tech-sex, the growth in the use of such technologies has created a range of new opportunities for sexual expression and connection. Alongside these benefits are harms arising out of their non-consensual use. Drawing on a case study examining management of image-based sexual abuse as part of Australia’s recently reformed online safety laws, we argue for a regulatory approach that is both facilitative in showing due respect for adult sexual agency and protective in mitigating harm caused to affected individuals. Operating along a facilitative-protective regulatory axis, such an approach offers the potential to be suitably responsive to both the opportunities and challenges faced by adult individuals who engage with such technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-206
Number of pages17
JournalInformation and Communications Technology Law
Volume32
Issue number2
Early online date1 Sept 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • regulation
  • tech-sex
  • technologies
  • image-based sexual abuse
  • technology facilitated abuse
  • online safety
  • Australia

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