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Hate Crimes in Cyberspace

ISBN13: 9780674659902
Published: May 2016
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2014)
Price: £18.95
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780674368293

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

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Part One: Understanding Cyber Harassment
1. Digital Hate
2. How the Internet’s Virtues Fuel Its Vices
3. The Problem of Social Attitudes

Part Two: Moving Forward
4. Civil Rights Movements, Past and Present
5. What Law Can and Should Do Now
6. Updating the Law: The Harassers
7. Legal Reform for Site Operators and Employers
8. “Don’t Break the Internet” and Other Free Speech Challenges
9. Silicon Valley, Parents, and Schools