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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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What is stopping Real Change?

There is a real problem with the media that requires real change. As Lord Justice Leveson said recently in a speech: “The press operating freely and in the public interest is one of the true safeguards of our democracy. As a result it holds a privileged and powerful place in our society. But this power and influence carries with it responsibility to the public interest in whose name it exercises these privileges. Unfortunately, as the …

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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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