The Law Respect Culture Bureau at the General Secretariat of the Office of H.H Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior organized a lecture at the Zayed House for Islamic Culture (ZHIC) about cyber culture. This lecture is a part of the efforts exerted by the Bureau to promote the legal culture; develop security sense and raise awareness about negative behaviors and phenomena. It also aims to emphasize the importance of joint cooperation with the police to reduce objectionable practices and promote positive values.

The Law Respect Culture Bureau warned against the misuse of social media and the resulting negative consequences, such as invasion of privacy, poor academic and workplace performance among students and staff members, as well as a considerable increase in cyber crime. The Bureau also tackled the role of the Law Respect Culture Bureau in spreading legal culture.

During the lecture, Milan Sharif, a legal researcher from the Bureau, gave a brief overview on the most common cyber crimes, such as identity theft, forgery, phishing scams, criminal threats, dissemination of obscene material including pornography and indecent exposure; as well as cybercrimes against women, in the form of harassment and blackmailing. Ms. Sharif said that the law prohibits and penalizes any kinds of slander, libel or insulting posts on social media, as well as rumors and false information designed to spread terror, and encourage sedition or discrimination between individuals in any way whatsoever.

Additionally, Sharif discussed the legal position adopted by the Emirati legislations regarding behaviors that are essentially due to a poor family education. She highlighted the penalties set out for crimes involving young people because of their ignorance of the laws, or of the ethics of dealing with others. She also showcased the most important crimes and penalties set forth in the Cyber Crimes Law.

In conclusion, Ms. Milan Sharif emphasized the risks and impact of New Information and Communication Technologies on the traditional practices of child upbringing, which used to include most notably quarreling among children. In today’s day and age, more children are confined to their rooms, having unsupervised access to all forms of technology that advocate various types of crimes, or are exposed to various forms of online abuse and exploitation.

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