Cal AG Harris Launches Cyber Exploitation Initiative

Cal AG Harris Launches Cyber Exploitation Initiative California Attorney General Kamala Harris and her task force of industry, academia and law enforcement has tried to set a new benchmark for the combating revenge porn.  First, let’s start with the name “Revenge Porn” which is demeaning and suggests that the victim did something to warrant revenge.…

Cyber Harassment Update: Elonis, Sergentakis and John Oliver

Cyber Harassment Update: Elonis, Sergentakis and John Oliver This has been a busy month on the cyber harassment legal front, with the biggest development being the Supreme Court’s decision in Elonis v. United States concerning criminal liability for threats made over Facebook.  Also of note is a federal district court decision in Sergantakis refusing to dismiss a witness…

Q&A With John Dean on Cyber Harassment in Today’s Verdict

Q&A With John Dean on Cyber Harassment in Today’s Verdict Former White House Counsel John Dean writes a bi-weekly column for Justia.com’s Verdict.  Two weeks ago he reviewed two books on public shaming: Jon Ronson’s So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed (Riverhead Books); and Jennifer Jacquet’s Is Shame Necessary? New Uses for an Old Tool (Pantheon Books) Dean…

Reputation Place: Yelp Reviewer Outed and Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet

Virginia Court Orders Revealing Yelp Reviewers A Virginia appeals court ordered Yelp to reveal the identity of a reviewer of an Alexandria carpet cleaner where the business presented evidence to cast doubt that the reviewer was ever a customer. Generally, a Yelp review is entitled to First Amendment protection because it is aperson’s opinion about a…

The Unbearable Unawareness of Cyber-Harassment

Yet this conference occurs at a time when each year 1.5 million Americans are victims of cyber-harassment that will (in one in four cases) last two years or more. Cyber-harassment is a huge calamity for the victims who will suffer extreme emotional distress and have their reputation stained and career threatened by an outrageous statement or revelation of their private information that will populate any Google search about them