Darin Thompson's CPD Podcast | Emily Laidlaw - Life Under the Rule of Villains, Vigilantes and Intermediaries in the Untamed World of the Internet (#12) | 1.5 Hours of CPD
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What is an example of online mob-attacks or shaming?
Someone makes a joke or racist comment on Twitter before getting on an 11-hour flight, and discovers on landing that they are a top Twitter topic attracting hundreds of thousands of negative reactions and have been fired from their job.
Al Capone's crew attacked telephone operators in 1937-41 for spreading false rumours about him.
What does Emily mention as a big difference between harms in a pre-internet world and today's world?
On the internet, the harmful acts and information can last forever, and you can't just try to move past it by moving into another town or community.
There was no such thing as defamation in a pre-internet world.
What is a contributing factor to online abuse?
Genetic predispositions in people to engage in immature behaviour due to neurochemical releases stimulated by exposure to LED light.
People on the internet will do or say things they wouldn't do in person.
Historically, how was most regulation done on the internet?
Through Lawrence Lessig's "Digital Magna Carta"
The biggest regulator in the internet was always people, which is a problem when we get into issues like mob justice.
What is doxxing?
Flooding someone's email address with MS Word files.
Deliberately sharing somebody's personal information online without their consent, and with harmful intent..
What is swatting?
Sending tiny drones into someone's window to buzz around their head and irritate them.
Falsely reporting a bomb or other dangerous incidents to try and get the police, and often a swat team, to show up. patch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address
What is a deepfake?
A spy who goes into deep cover impersonating an agent from another country.
A technique that superimposes someone's face on another person's body to create a realistic looking video.
What is revenge pornography?
Where someone breaks another person's trust to share a private, pornographic image online without consent.
When a divorced person decides to star in an adult film to upset their ex-spouse.
What is one of the main issues concerning intermediary liability?
Whether intermediaries just provide a platform (not content others post on it) and therefore should be free from liability for harmful content
Whether platform providers can collect advertising revenue for sharing content they didn't create.
What does Emily cite as complicating factors for matters like the right to be de-listed from search results?
The fact that some people print documents in hard copy off the internet
Balancing freedom of speech, the public interest and individual privacy
According to Emily, what do people who suffer online harms appear to want?
Fast, affordable results that often include taking down content
A very traditional, procedural-focused, litigation process that leaves no stone unturned, regardless of the cost, length of time required or type of remedy
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