Kate Harding on Cyberbullying

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Via The Guardian. Here is the first paragraph:

This week, a New York state supreme court judge ruled that Google (owners of Blogger.com) must turn over the electronic identity of an anonymous blogger who repeatedly attacked New York model Liskula Cohen, calling her “a psychotic, lying, whoring … skank”, among other things, on a blog titled “Skanks in NYC”. Because Cohen has grounds to sue the blogger for defamation, the court ordered Google to cough up a name to allow her to fill in the “defendant” blank. Naturally, this has some of the more libertarian-minded among us crying, “Censorship!” and “What about freedom of speech?” and “Will they be coming for my anonymous blog next?”

–Ann Bartow

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