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 »





Social Media and Cyberbullying, A Round Up – Clare Brown

10 01 2014

TrollsWhile the nation takes its long seasonal break, the world of social media never sleeps.  There have been a number of interesting developments in relation to social media and cyber bullying over recent weeks. Clare Brown provides a round up. Read the rest of this entry »





Unveiling the anonymous: Cyber abuse – Tim Lowles

2 11 2013

anonymous-internet-surfer-300x199For many, social media sites extend simply to Facebook and Twitter. However there are also a number of other enormously popular websites for those who wish to interact with others on the internet including (but by no means limited to) Reddit4Chan and Ask.fm. Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook’s volte-face: its changing stance on videos showing graphic content – Rhory Robertson and Sophie Pugh

30 10 2013

Facebook SecurityIn May Facebook introduced a temporary ban on a particularly graphic video showing the beheading of a woman in Mexico. The ban was implemented in response to complaints from users and from the Family Online Safety Institute which is a member of Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board. Read the rest of this entry »





Pornography, cyberbullying, and internet regulation – Eoin O’Dell

7 08 2013

TheJournal.ie PollThe image, right, shows the result of a poll on The Journal.ie which ran last Tuesday: the question was whether Ireland follow the UK’s lead in blocking online porn? And the results show a slight majority (54%) against doing so. This comes in the wake of proposals from UK Prime Minister David Cameron to compel internet service providers to block pornographic material by default. Read the rest of this entry »








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