Rand Issues Report on Countering Technology-Facilitated Abuse

Last year, I was fortunate enough to be invited to join ten other stellar participants that included other attorneys, prosecutors, law enforcement, academics and civil society representatives for a two-day brainstorming session sponsored by the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (working with RTI International and the RAND Corporation) on combating Technologically Facilitated Abuse…

Katie Hill’s Shaming Should Spur Congress to Act on Shield Act

Yesterday, Congresswoman Katie Hill (D-CA) gave her final speech in Congress as she was forced to resign after her estranged husband and political rivals published nude photographs of her and (so far) unsubstantiated allegations that she had violated House rules by having an affair with one or more Congressional staff members.¹ Hill’s resignation and farewell…

Danielle Citron MacArthur Fellow

Congratulations to MacArthur Fellow Danielle Citron

For those who work in the field of representing cyber harassment victims, we have all looked to Professor Danielle Citron’s trailblazing work on Cyber Civil Rights and Hate Crimes in Cyberspace and launching the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and other efforts to combat cyber exploitation (revenge porn). It was with no surprise but much satisfaction that we learned that…

Daily Stormer Hit With Judgment for “Troll Storming” First Female African-American Student Body President of American University

On April 30, 2017, Taylor Dumpson was inaugurated as the first female, African-American student government president at The American University (AU) in Washington, D.C. – my undergraduate alma mater.   The next day, a masked man hung “nooses with bananas inscribed with racist and derogatory messages around the AU campus.” Andrew Anglin, the publisher of the Neo-Nazi…

Mass Supreme Court Affirms Conviction of Girlfriend in Texting Suicide Case

In a case that has gained national notoriety, Michelle Carter was charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the July 2014 suicide of Conrad Roy by inhaling carbon monoxide that was produced by a gasoline-powered water pump located in his truck.¹   This week, the Massachusetts Supreme Court affirmed her conviction dismissing challenges on the basis of…

Maine Supreme Court – Facebook Posts May Constitute a Communication in Violation of Restraining Order

Richard Heffron III was subject to a protection from abuse order that prohibited him “from having any contact, direct or indirect,” with the protected person whom he once had a relationship with.  He was convicted of violating that order by making posts that began some of the posts with the phrase, “Hey, [protected person’s name],” and…

CLBR #305: Does Twitter Violate Human Rights with Amnesty International’s Azmina Dhrodia

Does Twitter Violate Human Rights with Amnesty International’s Azmina Dhrodia LISTEN VIA THESE CHANNELS     LINK LINK LINK LINK LINK In the past few years, we have had a number of shoes dealing with the online abuse, especially for women and journalists, including: CLBR #225: Online Trolls with Fusion’s Kristen V. Brown (June 22, 2016);…

Amnesty Int’l Report: Twitter’s Failure to Protect Women from Online Abuse Violates Human Rights Law

Amnesty International released a landmark report on its 16-month investigation of abuse of women in Twitter entitled “TOXIC TWITTER – A TOXIC PLACE FOR WOMEN,” which charges that Twitter’s failure to safeguard women on its platform is a human rights violation. As the report explains: [F]or many women, Twitter is a platform where violence and…

Ripoff Report Threatening Retaliation Against Its Critics

Today I received the letter below from David Warrington of LeClair Ryan on behalf of Xcentric Ventures LLC, which operates RipoffReport.com.  According to Warrington, RipoffReport is in the pre-complaint stage of a claim based on alleged anti-competitive busines practices and a conspiracy to damage the business of Xcenetric in its operations of the RipoffReport.com website…

Bi-Partisan Congressional Coalition Offers ENOUGH Act to Criminalize Revenge Porn

As the problem of Cyber Exploitation or Revenge Porn has grown, state laws attempting to address the issue have multiplied.  Currently, thirty-eight (38) states and the District of Columbia have some form of law addressing the problem. In 2016, California Congresswoman Jackie Speier introduced the Intimate Privacy Protection Act to create a national ban on revenge…

CLBR #277: Shame Nation Author Sue Scheff

Shame Nation Author Sue Scheff Listen In today’s digitally driven world, disaster is only a click away. A rogue tweet could bring down a business; an army of trolls can run a celebrity off-line; and virtual harassment might cause real psychological damage. Shame Nation is the first book to both study the fascinating phenomenon of online…