United States: Facebook, Cyberbullying and the First Amendment – Susan Brenner

27 07 2014

BulliesA “15-year-old high school student” who was “prosecuted for ‘cyberbullying’ under a local law enacted by the Albany County Legislature” pleaded guilty to one count of cyberbullying and then challenged his conviction on appeal.  People v. Marquan M., 2014 WL 2931482 (Court of Appeals of New York 2014).  In his appeal, Marquan M. claimed the statute violated the  First Amendment. People v. Marquan M., supra. Read the rest of this entry »





Cyber-bullying and personal injury claims – Rhory Robertson

3 07 2014

cyberbullying-keyboardScarcely a day goes by without there being a report of someone, somewhere being cyber bullied. Incidences are not limited to celebrities but can, and do, affect anyone and everyone. The latest reported incident concerned a pregnant woman who was being harassed right up to and during the birth of her child. Read the rest of this entry »





Cyber News Down Under: The Antipodean Troll, a different kind of species? – Tom Double

13 03 2014

Charlotte DawsonWhat a tragedy it is that it requires another suicide to regenerate widespread interest in cyberbullying, the phenomenon that has become the scourge of the internet age. Charlotte Dawson, the New Zealand–Australian television personality, recently took her own life following a lengthy battle against anonymous Twitter trolls, which has precipitated calls for tougher anti-cyberbullying legislation in Australia  (see and sign here).  Read the rest of this entry »





Children and the Internet: Keeping them Safe – Chandni Rani

3 03 2014

ONLINE-SAFETY-TITLE-2Latest figures show that an increasing number of young children are savvier about the internet than their parents and easily circumvent internet filters that have been put in place by their parents. Baroness Howe’s Online Safety Bill [pdf] goes some way in addressing this problem by proposing to impose compulsory internet filters on all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Mobile Phone Operators (MPOs). Read the rest of this entry »





Why New Zealand’s cyber-bullying bill is a good move – Steven Price

18 02 2014

gazetteA bill before the New Zealand parliament would allow judges to issue online take-down orders against bloggers and the media. I’m for it. Let me tell you why. Read the rest of this entry »





Twitter still to grasp the nettle? – Rhory Robertson and Tom Double

31 01 2014

TwitterIt was not so long ago that we wrote that Twitter appeared to be grasping the nettle and taking its role as a responsible social media platform seriously. However, Twitter’s abject failure to deal with the recent abuse levelled at Stan Collymore, an ex-premiership footballer, suggests our assessment might have been ill-judged. Read the rest of this entry »





Inertia over: How twitter is now grasping the nettle – Rhory Robertson and Tom Double

17 01 2014

TwitterBefore the Christmas break, twitter indicated how it intends to tackle two of its main challenges in 2014, namely: trolls and the spread of false information.  This article provides a brief summary of these strategies (one of which was disclosed by a leak) and comments on their effectiveness.   Read the rest of this entry »








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