Phillip Cassey Peter Stoett John Scanlon Delon Omrow Michelle Anagnostou

Cyber Ecoviolence: Illegal Wildlife Trade on the Internet

A Talk by John Scanlon , Michelle Anagnostou , Dr Delon Omrow , Dr Peter Stoett and Prof Phillip Cassey

About this Talk

This panel will explore the illegal wildlife trade and cybercrime - not as two distinct but interconnected issues. Introducing the term “cyber ecoviolence”, panelists will explore cybercriminality and social media platforms and the internet - the latter drives the demand for exotic pets, traditional medicines, luxury goods, and trophies. This, in turn, leads to ecoviolence such as poverty, exploitation and corruption. From illegal websites and forums using encrypted messaging apps for communication, cybercriminality and the illegal wildlife trade, if unchecked, will extend its global reach, perpetuating "cyber ecoviolence". The panel concludes with thoughts on what a multifaceted approach for mitigation looks like - whether it is partnerships with social media platforms like TikTok, or a combination of law enforcement, policy measures, international cooperation and public awareness campaigns.

18 October 2023, 11:30 PM

11:30 PM - 12:45 AM

About The Speakers

John Scanlon

John Scanlon

former Secretary-General of CITES, Chair of the UK IWT Challenge Fund


Michelle Anagnostou

Michelle Anagnostou

University of Waterloo

PhD Candidate; Experience researching illegal wildlife trade for six years


Delon Omrow

Dr Delon Omrow

Ontario Tech University, Ontario Tech University

Postdoctoral Fellow, Instructor and Co-author of "Spheres of Transnational Ecoviolence", Ontario Tech University and Centennial College


Peter Stoett

Dr Peter Stoett

Ontario Tech University

Dean of Social Science and Humanities, Ontario Tech University; IPBES Assessment Co-chair; expertise in global environmental governance and international human rights


Phillip Cassey

Prof Phillip Cassey

ARC Industry Laureate Fellow, Adelaide University

Prof Phil Cassey is an inaugural Australian Research Council Industry Laureate Fellow working to combat wildlife crime and prevent environmental harm.