EFF lays out plan to end online harassment

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the non-profit digital rights advocacy group known for its strong public stances on topics like Net Neutrality, piracy and privacy, on Thursday expanded its focus with a blog entry identifying online harassment as a digital rights issue that stands in the way of true freedom of speech.The big problem, as EFF co-authors Danny O’Brien and Nadia Kayyali readily acknowledge, is that it’s hard to address online harassment without pushing up against the Internet’s cardinal benefits of open communication and free discourse.
http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/563558/eff-lays-plan-end-online-harassment/Also see:Facing the Challenge of Online Harassment
In the nearly 25 years that EFF has been defending digital rights, our belief in the promise of the Internet has only grown stronger. The digital world frees users from many limits on communication and creativity that exist in the offline world. But it is also an environment that reflects the problems in wider society and grants them new dimensions. Harassment is one of those problems.Online harassment is a digital rights issue. At its worst, it causes real and lasting harms to its targets, a fact that must be central to any discussion of harassment. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to craft laws or policies that will address those harms without inviting government or corporate censorship and invasions of privacy — including the privacy and free speech of targets of harassment. But, as we discuss below, there are ways to craft effective responses, rooted in the core ideals upon which the Internet was built, to protect the targets of harassment and their rights.
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/01/facing-challenge-online-harassment

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