Danielle Keats Citron: Hate Crimes in Cyberspace

Artikelnummer: 978-0-67436-829-3

Most Internet users are familiar with trolling aggressive, foul-mouthed posts designed to elicit angry responses in a site s comments.

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Most Internet users are familiar with trolling aggressive, foul-mouthed posts designed to elicit angry responses in a site s comments. Less familiar but far more serious is the way some use networked technologies to target real people, subjecting them, by name and address, to vicious, often terrifying, online abuse.

In an in-depth investigation of a problem that is too often trivialized by lawmakers and the media, Danielle Keats Citron"exposes the startling extent of personal cyber-attacks and proposes practical, lawful ways to prevent and punish online harassment. A refutation of those who claim that these attacks are legal, or at least impossible to stop, Hate Crimes in Cyberspace" reveals the serious emotional, professional, and financial harms incurred by victims.

Persistent online attacks disproportionately target women and frequently include detailed fantasies of rape as well as reputation-ruining lies and sexually explicit photographs. And if dealing with a single attacker s revenge porn were not enough, harassing posts that make their way onto social media sites often feed on one another, turning lone instigators into cyber-mobs.

Hate Crimes in Cyberspace" rejects the view of the Internet as an anarchic Wild West, where those who venture online must be thick-skinned enough to endure all manner of verbal assault in the name of free speech protection, no matter how distasteful or abusive. Cyber-harassment is a matter of civil rights law, Citron contends, and legal precedents as well as social norms of decency and civility must be leveraged to stop it."

Autor*in / Hrsg.: Danielle Keats Citron
Medien: Internet
fremdsprachige Bücher: all english books
Weitere Informationen: Sprache: Englisch
Umfang: 343 S.
Einband: Gebunden
Format: 216 x 144 x 32 mm
Gewicht: 511 g
Erscheinungsdatum: 22.09.2014


Danielle Citron s "Hate Crimes in Cyberspace" is a breakthrough book Citron does a thorough and admirable service of clearly delineating the avenues for legal relief that already exist, thus belying the widely held belief that this behavior is totally unregulated and therefore beyond the law s reach. Cyberspace is not a completely unregulated wild west, and perpetrators of hate crimes as well as their victims need to know that. Citron calls for greater enforcement of all of these laws that already target hate crimes in cyberspace The book thus serves as a blueprint for what Citron insightfully calls a new civil rights movement. It gives legal representatives and victims a roadmap for charting out legal actions that can be taken to halt the abuse being currently suffered, and to compensate for past harms. It gives state and federal legislators a menu of options for strengthening the law in this area, so that cyberspace can be a safe as well as robust domain for the expression of views on all subjects. It responds to First Amendment worries about the possibility that her proposed reforms might chill valuable speech, and it suggests paths for interested private parties who want to affect the trajectory here outside the law. It s a tour de force and I believe it will succeed. It will change the law, change the conversation, and change attitudes toward and regarding this extraordinarily abusive and harmful behavior. It will strengthen women s civil rights, and thus strengthen women s equality and at core, it will be a significant step toward ensuring women s safety in the public space of employment and education, as well as in cyberspace and the home. This is a book to celebrate, to study, to argue over, and, mostly, to use This book makes a powerful case that we must do something about this conduct, and that we must use law to do it. There simply must be a more robust legal response to harmful, hateful, and misogynistic behavior, in cyberspace, no less than in workplaces and the home. That is a huge contribution, to women s equality, to the quality of our social and civic life, and to the justice of our law.--Robin West"Jotwell" (01/21/2015)"

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