I remember the days before all this online harassment bs was taking place. I had many of the first generation personal computers, anyone remember the Pentium 286? It was the beginning of some new and exciting. And as I watched as the tech world evolved, it both scared and excited us all, but I don’t think anyone really saw what was coming down the pipes.

It’s allowed for instant information retrieval, instant communication, and the interchange of ideas and resources, a new wave of technology, a new generation of businesses, the avoidance of adverse conditions like hurricanes, storms, and accidents, new jobs, friendships, relationships, and marriages, and a whole banter of other good things.

Unfortunately, however, the internet also has a dark side. Many people refer to the World Wide Web as the Wild Wild West and for good reason. The internet has enabled a new wave of criminal activity, it has brought well-establish companies and industries to their knees if not outright removed them, it has distributed security systems worldwide, and it has born a new wave of hate, harassment, and bullying.

It really is a shame that something as powerful as the internet, that could bring so much love and growth to our civilization, is being used for hate crimes, child pornography, wars and all the rest.

Thank goodness there’s a new bread of lawyers out there, such as Lindsay Goldberg, who are working hard to bring justice to those doing wrong. As Margaret Talbot explains, we need more escapading Goldbergs with their battle axes out there! If we can make it to the Moon and Mars, I believe we can rule out online hate crimes and child pornography. Talbot also explains that a big part of the problem has to do with the justice system; it’s lacking and antiquated, and its tardiness is causing its citizens anguish and tragedy.

But change is happening. Recently, a widow was awarded benefits after her husband’s death was linked to workplace bullying in P.E.I. And as Wired Magazine explains: Curbing online abuse isn’t impossible, but explain how 23% of women aged 18-29 claim being stalked or harassed online receiving 3 times as many negative responses as men.

The underlining issue is that online harassment is not a technology issue; it’s a social issue that is being powered by the technology. Defusing the internet is not going to solve the problem. What’s needed is a shift in social norms. This, however, falls on to parents and the early education system. Perhaps introducing humanitarian concepts into the curriculum at a very early stage would help. Perhaps tougher punishment for offered such as 50 hours of community service for each offense. Or perhaps a new task force needs to be implemented; something equivalent to a global policing system such with a centralized command center and localized jurisdiction units. Either way, unless something is done, and something drastic, nothing is going to change. But change doesn’t happen on its own – it happens when the masses speak. And its time to speak.

Either way, unless something is done, something dramatically drastic, nothing is going to change. And change doesn’t happen on its own – it happens when the masses speak. And it’s time to speak up.

 

Margaret Talbot’s (The attorney fighting revenge porn)

Wired – Curbing Online Abuse isn’t Impossible

CBC’s investigation in P.E.I widows awarded benefits

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