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The Game Changer

Combining research, gaming and youth work to counter online abuse among youth in Finland, Iceland and Sweden

The Game Changer is an international collaboration between partners in Sweden, Finland and Iceland, including the E-sports Federation of Iceland (RÍSÍ), the Swedish gaming organisation SVEROK, the award-winning Finnish youth work Sua Varten Somessa, the Violence Prevention School of Iceland (Ofsi) and the Nordic Digital Rights and Equality Foundation (NORDREF). The project started in September 2023 and will last through 2024, basing its foundation on research conducted by NORDREF into the perpetrators of online abuse against women and girls in the Nordic region. The research revealed that young men under the age of 25 are overrepresented among perpetrators of gender-based online abuse. As a result, the Game Changer aims to create evidence-based tools, campaigns and initiatives to counter abuse in online spaces, aimed at youth with a special focus on reaching young men using the fun methods of gaming and digital youth work. The overall aim of the project is to strengthen young people's digital rights and cyber citizenship. The Game Changer will also envision young people's "online utopia" by gathering information about the changes to digital environments that young people deem necessary for them to reach their highest potential - and help them craft it, using methods of gaming, community-building and social entrepreneurship. This project is funded by the Erasmus+ program.

Game Changer collaborators during a work meeting in Reykjavík, October 2023.

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