The JGU delegation participating in one of the side events hosted by the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences in collaboration with the World Society of Victimology and Centro Nationale de Prevenzione e Difesa Sociale at the 26th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice System (CCPCJ), UNODC on 24 – 25 May 2017 in Vienna.
The Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, in collaboration with the World Society of Victimology and Centro Nationale de Prevenzione e Difesa Sociale, successfully organised two side events titled ‘Victims of Online Communication’ and ‘Psychosocial and Cultural Factors leading to Digital Piracy’ at the 26th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice System (CCPCJ), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on 24 – 25 May 2017 in Vienna. JGU is the only university which hosted two side events at the session.
The 26th session of CCPCJ included 98 side events and hosted government representatives from 32 countries. The panelists of the two side events included Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, JGU; Mr. Michael O’Connell, Commissioner for Victims’ Rights, Government of South Australia; Dr. Indranath Gupta, JGU; Ms. Garima Jain, JIBS, JGU; Ms. Sarah Fletcher, Deputy Commissioner, World Society of Victimology; and Ms. Swarnim Swasti and Ms. Shilpita Sen from JIBS, JGU. The sessions discussed and deliberated on victims’ rights in online crimes, internet infidelity, sextortion, data privacy and processing of personal information and digital piracy.
Dr. Sahni threw light on various forms of online victims ranging from cyberstalking, cyberbullying, sextortion, pornography and online infidelity. He highlighted the complexities surrounding digital piracy and stressed the need for extensive research and training to understand its nuances. Mr. Michael O’Connell talked about adolescents being easy victims of online scams. He also discussed the legal and moral complexities of online communication. Ms. Sarah Fletcher spoke about the rights of victims of online communication and highlighted the importance of post-scam interventions for the victims, apart from assistance from financial institutions.
The JGU delegation participating in one of the side events hosted by the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences in collaboration with the World Society of Victimology and Centro Nationale de Prevenzione e Difesa Sociale at the 26th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice System (CCPCJ), UNODC, on 24 – 25 May 2017 in Vienna.
Dr. Gupta reflected upon the legal measures available to curb digital piracy and about their inadequacies. He suggested general awareness initiatives alongside strong law enforcement as ways to deal with the problem of digital piracy.
Ms. Garima Jain presented an empirical study on ‘Internet Infidelity: Victims of Digital Age’ and ‘Psychosocial and Cultural Aspects Affecting Digital Piracy in India, Serbia and China’. The study revealed that people indulge in online infidelity due to peer influence, social isolation or psychological distress in the primary relationships. She contended that lack of awareness is a key factor behind acts of digital piracy.
Ms. Swarnim Swasti elaborated on the necessity of building strong moral character in individuals to curb digital piracy. Ms. Shilpita Sen spoke about the future implications of internet infidelity and how younger people are affected through the use of technology.
The CCPCJ acts as the principal policymaking body of the United Nations in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. CCPCJ’s mandates and priorities include improving international action to combat national and transnational crime and the efficiency and fairness of criminal justice administration systems. The CCPCJ also offers member-states a forum for exchanging expertise, experience and information to develop national and international strategies, and to identify priorities for combating crime.
Further details on the 26th session of the CCPCJ is available here: https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/commissions/CCPCJ/session/26_Session_2017/session-26-of-the-ccpcj.html
About the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS)
Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) is a value based research institute of O.P. Jindal Global University which is dedicated to understanding, developing and applying human process competencies through continuous experimentation, research and learning related to applied and experimental behavioural science focusing on broad areas like social sciences, mental health, competency mapping, neurosciences, neural decision sciences, cognitive sciences, psychobiology management sciences, forensic sciences, social psychology, criminal behaviors, etc.
With the aim of establishing an institute in Asia that conducts and applies best behavioural and social science practices in innovation, education, research, scholarship and clinical care, JIBS pursues to promote research that is multidisciplinary, quantitative and scientific in nature.