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July 20, 2022

Cop

The first Italian legal tech platform that provides rapid and immediate protection to users from web maliciousness.

Protect yourself from online hate: a widespread campaign to combat haters

It is very easy to offend someone online. Hate tweets are published every minute in Italy. And do not get us started on the more serious crimes, like the circulation of sexual images as blackmail or stalking on social media. COP (Chi Odia Paga – Making haters pay) is the start-up that fights these haters and is the hands-down winner of the fourth edition of GoBeyond.

COP is the first Italian legal tech platform to provide internet users with all the technical and legal tools to protect themselves from online hate. Francesco Inguscio first conceived the idea in 2018 with his venture accelerator Nuvolab, the investment of the impact investing fund Oltre Venture and co-funding from Unioncamere and Regione Lombardia.

The objective is to furnish socially useful services designed to provide information, monitor and assist the protection of citizens’ rights together with their reputation and privacy. COP is particularly geared towards victims of stalking, hate speeches, defamation, cyberbullying and revenge porn: people that are often hesitant to ask for help due to the little awareness of how to make reports and fears about costly law suits that will be unsuccessful or simply because they are ashamed.

Contacting COP for assistance is easy. You just need to access its official website and download the free form, co-designed with the Ministry of Innovation and Digitalisation to request legal feedback. This document assists users to understand if what they are being subjected to is effectively a crime. The legal process is subsequently activated to check the truthfulness of the digital proof of the crime against the victim.

Once the report has been verified, the take-down stage commences with the removal and de-indexing of the web content. Finally, the hater is sent a warning notice ordering them to refrain from continued offensive behaviour. This official warning can be used as evidence in court, if the victim decides to proceed with legal proceedings. In addition, COP offers a free service with specialist lawyers to help users commence criminal proceedings or file for compensation through civil proceedings.

Contacting COP for assistance is easy. You just need to access its official website and download the free form, co-designed with the Ministry of Innovation and Digitalisation to request legal feedback. This document assists users to understand if what they are being subjected to is effectively a crime. The legal process is subsequently activated to check the truthfulness of the digital proof of the crime against the victim.

“Our aim is to eliminate online hate and we are convinced that we are close to making this project viable, such that hate can be transformed from a problem into an opportunity that, if properly channelled, can encourage many projects of common good”, continues Inguscio, “Up until now, hate has caused many problems in the world without resolving any of them but COP could be the right tool to finally transform a problem created by the wrong use of digital content into an opportunity enhanced by the proper use of digital, thus creating resources to be used to promote awareness campaigns about online hate: because a hater can be stopped by a report, but hate can only be stopped through education”.

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