9 articles Articles posted in Cyber-harassment

Trolls in the Public Park – Policing the beat without borders

By Rebecca Baldwin When I was 19 I was robbed in a public park near my home. It was dark and I never saw the assailant’s face. He yanked the bag forcibly from around my neck, scaled a nearby fence and was gone. The incident was frightening and yet the threat of harm was considerably short-lived – there was some residual shock but it lasted no more than a few days. Friends were surprised that …

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A Police Perspective: Why our current laws are not up to speed with society and technology

In the wake of the high profile death of media personality Charlotte Dawson, whose fight against trolling and cyberbullying was well documented, we are now seeing more calls for a change to the culture of online abuse. But are we yet realising the extent of the damage that has been happening right before our eyes? It is hard to imagine that as recently as the 60s and 70s it was socially acceptable that a man …

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2012 – a Year of Exposing Internet Bullies

Today is the last day of 2012 and what a huge year it has been for exposing the intentional hurt and harm that anonymous hate speech has been causing on the internet. The phenomenon of anonymously and intentionally provoking an emotional response from others has become so common that there is now even a word for people who do this “trolls” and a whole language around it. There have been zillions of articles on the …

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Interview with Christopher Dibb – Barrister at Law

Christopher Dibb is a barrister specialising in defamation and media law. He recently appeared as Counsel for Michael Trkulja, in which the search engines operated by Yahoo and Google were held liable for defamatory material distributed through their Web search services. Christopher shares with RMRC his experience of bullying and the internet, and what he hopes to offer as being part of RMRC’s inaugural conference.

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Interview with Dr Barbara Spears – Lead Researcher In The Field Of Young People And Cyber-bullying

Dr Barbara Spears is a leading researcher in the fields of: cyberbullying, peer relationships, the social dynamics of schools, and girls’ peer relationships and bullying behaviours. Initially trained as a primary school teacher, she taught in the State school system for many years and has completed her PhD on middle-school girls’ perceptions and experiences of their friendships, indirect aggression and bullying.  In this interview  Dr Spears shares with us her inspiration to work in her field, …

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Interview with Kirra Pendegast – Social Media and Security Expert, Co-founder of eConscious Consulting

Kirra Pendergast is a social media and security expert highly regarded by business and government sectors as a Social Media Governance, and Risk Mitigation specialist. Kirra is a Founding Partner of eConscious Consulting Pty Ltd. Here Kirra shares with RMRC her experience and concerns regarding cyber-harassment and her upcoming role as speaker at the inaugural RMRC conference.

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“Free Speech” and Doing No Harm

 A Look at Cyber-harassment and Our Responsibility “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”    George Washington Although it is not enshrined in our Australian Constitution, as it is in the First Amendment in the United States, the right to “free speech” is regarded as a most fundamental and inherent right for all in this country.  It is at the very core of …

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Free Speech and Doxing Trolls

Troll is the name given to people who anonymously post malicious or provocative messages on the Internet with the sole purpose of upsetting or harming others and inciting emotional reactions. One of the key things about Trolls is that they hide behind their anonymity to bully and hurt others. Greg Walsh who is a lawyer representing families affected by cyber-bullying and trolling will be a speaker at our RMRC 2012 inaugural conference and no doubt discuss this …

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The corruption of Freedom of Speech

The anti-social exploits of Trolls and Cyberbullies are an unsavoury reality of our digital age and increasingly, Trolls and Cyberbullies hide behind the term ‘Freedom of Speech’ as a kind of blanket argument in defence of their vitriolic communications. But bullying, trolling and harassment is not ‘free speech’, it is an attack on Free Speech. It is an impediment to meaningful dialogue; it silences people and subverts true and open communication; it inhibits people from …

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