Cyber Civil Rights

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Danielle Citron’s article “Cyber Civil Rights” is now in print. She handed me a reprint a few minutes ago, yay! Her presentation is based on this work. She’s talking about women being driven off line, or at least out of many places on the web. She thinks law should step in, to catch and punish people who commit crimes and torts online. When people are targeted because they are women, she believes this is discrimination, and in violation of civil rights laws.

She argues against trivialized the concerns of women who are targeted, and asserts that discouraging cyber attacks actually encourages more speech than it inhibits. If women feel it is safe to engage online, they will add a lot more valuable speech than abusive trolls will.

–Ann Bartow

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