True Crime Online Newsletter - 09/15/14

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Cell phone lane created for texting pedestrians in Chinese city
A Chinese city has designated a section of pavement as a texting lane for pedestrians who choose to watch their phones while they walk. The 100-foot stretch of walkway in Chongqing, China, has been sectioned off into separate areas for those using their phones while on the move and a texting-free "no cell phones" lane marked by a sign featuring a phone with a line through it. Officials said the scheme was designed to highlight the dangers of walking without paying attention to the surrounding area. It's not the first time a city has implemented a texting lane for pedestrians. In 2012, Philadelphia installed an official texting lane across from City Hall as an April Fool's prank to raise awareness about the dangers of texting while walking.

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'Revenge porn' on the rise - 09/15/14
Guernsey Police is warning islanders not to send intimate pictures and films of themselves to other people, it comes after the force has seen a rise in women being tricked into sending personal images to someone they have met online, then being threatened with having the pictures posted on the internet if they do not meet a demand.

SEGA Officially Banning Commenters Leaving Inappropriate Remarks on Photos of People - 09/14/14
SEGA of America has announced an update in its comment policies whereby anyone leaving inappropriate comments on photos of people will be banned/blocked from the company’s social media pages and channels. SEGA said that it has noticed a “disturbing trend” of derogatory and hateful comments, and personal attacks.

Zoe Quinn Told Us What Being Targeted by Every Troll in the World Feels Like -09/12/14
I just spent a few days trying to schedule a conversation with Zoe Quinn, the game developer whose personal life recently became a trigger point for millions of discussions of gamer misogyny. Contacting her wasn't easy. Even after she told me how to get a hold of her by phone, I knew I was calling a number that had been leaked onto the internet in order to harass her, so delays were understandable. I would be cautious if I were her. To make matters worse, a couple weeks prior, I had written an article about her ex-boyfriend, a guy I thought was just a young and naive computer nerd who pulled a dipshit move when he wrote a novel-length blog trashing her.

Comment sections are poison: handle with care or remove them - 09/12/14
It sits there like an ugly growth beneath articles, bloated and throbbing with vitriol. It groans as hatred expands its force, waiting for any point of dissent to break it – to unleash its full fury on targets who dare convey some measure of civility or dissent (if you want almost guaranteed hate, be a woman). Comment sections, to me, are the chronic pain centres of the internet, the part of the digital body we’re all forced to accept exists, but must manage by injecting policies and systems into.

40 possible Dutch victims of Amanda Todd cyber harassment suspect - 09/12/14
A prosecutor says a Dutch man suspected of possessing child pornography and blackmailing and harassing victims over the Internet with naked images of themselves may have victimized as many as 40 people in the Netherlands alone, and several dozen in other countries, including the United States and Britain. The 36-year-old suspect, identified under Dutch privacy laws only as Aydin C., did not attend a pretrial hearing Friday.

How One Woman Is Turning Her Online Harassment Into Art - 09/12/14
My good friend, Amy Davis Roth, is awesome. Or, more properly, awe-inspiring. On her own she is quite a person: A dedicated artist who produces cool jewelry, who creates wonderful paintings, who is an outspoken supporter of critical thinking and science, and who is also an intelligent, thoughtful, and vocal feminist. She does all this­and much more­every single day while slogging through an unbelievable miasma of misogyny.

Rock Island sheriff pleads guilty to cyberstalking - 09/12/14
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (I) announced Friday that Rock Island County Sheriff Jeffrey Boyd resigned and pleaded guilty to attempted official misconduct based on allegations of attempted cyberstalking. Boyd, 48, of Rock Island, entered a plea of guilty Friday, Sept. 12, before Judge Jeffrey O’Connor to one count of attempted official misconduct based on attempted cyberstalking.

Rejecting Violence, Both Real and Virtual - 09/11/14
It's a tale as old as time: When faced with the loss of power, the human reaction is to react with violence. You see it on a worldwide scale with military action used to gain power and to prevent the loss of power. And now, you see it on the Internet with violence used in comments and reactions to silence voices that are not meant to be heard.

Daytona man accused of cyberstalking, Facebook death threats, police say - 09/11/14
A 19-year-old Daytona Beach man was arrested after police said he went on Facebook and stalked and threatened to kill a former schoolmate who had offered to fix a multicolored blazer for the suspect but ended up losing the garment.

Stalking prosecutions rise by 20% under new law on harassment - 09/10/14
Prosecutions for stalking and harassment increased by more than 20% last year following the enforcement of a new law that criminalises behaviour causing serious alarm or distress. The number of cases are expected to grow, according to Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, as victims become more confident about coming forward to seek help, and as cyber-stalking becomes more prevalent.

Ice Bucket Challenge Bullies Messed with the Wrong Internet - 09/09/14
A group of bullies tricked an autistic boy into doing the popular Ice Bucket Challenge­only the bucket was full of human waste. The Internet rallied around the boy, and his tormentors have been identified. Social justice advocates are beginning to view sites like Instagram and Youtube as double-edged swords, acting not only as important tools for change, but also as attackers’ go-to choice for humiliating their victims.

NBC News producer is charged for 'secretly taping himself having sex with his girlfriend on Valentine's day and posting it on a porn website' - 09/09/14
An NBC producer was charged today after he allegedly made a sex tape with his unsuspecting girlfriend and then posted the video on a porn website. Carlo Dellaverson, 30, who is an NBC News digital producer, allegedly filmed the couple having sex on Valentine's Day on a hidden camera in their shared New York City apartment.

Answering the haters: An FAQ for trolls who have questions - 09/09/14
Yesterday, I posted an explanation at Slate about why I’m turning my Twitter mentions feed off and starting a new life with a dramatically reduced exposure to carping haters trying to make me feel bad about myself. I’ve been traveling and, of course, not checking Twitter mentions, so I haven’t seen much response to it. But I do know that sexists do not take it well when told they’re not entitled to a woman’s attention just because they want it.

Lawyer pleads guilty to cyberstalking charge in French Quarter noise ordinance feud, gets probation - 09/09/14
Stuart Smith, the New Orleans lawyer who sent a threatening text message to a vocal opponent of a controversial French Quarter noise ordinance, pleaded guilty Tuesday to cyberstalking.

What ‘GamerGate’ Reveals About the Silencing of Women - 09/09/14
For years, the online gaming community has faced criticism for its often abysmal treatment of women. But even more evidence of this systemic sexism has emerged in recent weeks, prompting a wave of denials and counterattacks from a huge number of gamers. Their vitriol, in turn, provides an excellent example of what crowdsourced silencing of already marginalized voices can look like­ and how chillingly effective that silencing can be.


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