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Monday, April 27, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - April 27, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Tennessee dad uses drone to follow daughter to school
A Tennessee father who used a drone to watch his 8-year-old daughter as she walked to school alone said he wants her to know "dad is always watching."

Chris Early, who owns a Knoxville video production company, said the camera drone he bought about a month ago came in handy when his 8-year-old daughter, Katie, insisted on walking to school by herself.

"She said 'you're not going to come watch me', but I had another idea," Early told WVLT-TV.

He said the drone turned plenty of heads upward when he used it to follow Katie on her walk.

"I could see other people looking up and I'm sure Katie was just like aw it's my dad," he said. "It was a way to keep eye on her make sure she was looking both ways. I let her know that dad is always watching."

Katie said she was not expecting the drone to follow her.

"I was like oh wow! He didn't tell me so I was pretty surprised," she said.

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Revenge porn victim: My naked photos were everywhere - 04/27/15
Every time she meets you, Nikki Rettelle wonders if you’ve seen her naked. Nude photos of her dot the Internet, still popping up years after an ex-boyfriend posted them. Rettelle is a victim of revenge porn, a kind of online harassment that advocacy groups refer to as “non-consensual pornography.”

Friendly Reminder: Sometimes Ladies’ Restroom Mirrors Are Actually Creepy Perving Windows - 04/27/15
You’re probably aware that most bar restrooms are not exactly sanctuaries, but one insanely creepy establishment in Chicago will make that time you dropped your new palazzo pants into a puddle of someone else’s pee feel like a transcendental experience. Cigars & Stripes is a bar and comedy club that boasts a funky two-way mirror in the women’s restroom that lets the owner watch you pee before he cooks you up his signature wings.

Immokalee football coach faces cyber-stalking charge - 04/26/15
An Immokalee High School football coach was arrested Saturday night on multiple charges including aggravated cyber-stalking, according to the Collier County Sheriff's Office. Andrew London, 46, was arrested by the Seminole Police Department on charges of violating an injunction against repeated sexual or date violence and an injunction for protection against aggravated cyber-stalking.

Kamala Harris Is Going After Internet Trolls, Which Is Great For Women And Great For The Nation - 04/25/15
At the Women in the World Summit (WITW) in New York Thursday, Ashley Judd and Anita Sarkeesian spoke out about the endless online harassment they’ve endured on a panel titled “Stop the Trolls,” describing times they feared for their lives and how their daily routines have been disrupted by online attacks. A fellow panelist, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, is trying to create a troll-free Internet, or at least prosecute people who threaten, harass, or exploit others online. Harris is leading California’s fight to punish online harassment, laying the groundwork for reforms needed nationwide.

Indictment accuses New Milford man, 65, of stalking, harassing ex-wife, others - 04/25/15
A New Milford man stalked his ex-wife and two other people ­ keeping dossiers complete with photographs of them that he’d taken himself and posing as them in online forums ­ which left them fearing for their safety, an indictment returned by a grand jury in Hackensack alleges.

Man on parole for choking woman arrested on cyberstalking charge - 04/25/15
A Chicago man on parole for attacking a woman was ordered held without bail Saturday on charges of cyberstalking the same woman, prosecutors said. Steven Tate, 25, was charged with cyberstalking after he sent threatening text messages and emails to a 23-year-old woman with whom he had “an on-again-off-again romantic relationship” that began in 2011, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Kim Przekota.

Woman convicted of harassment for posting anti-police graffiti on Instagram - 04/24/15
A woman who posted an image online of a senior Montreal police officer with a bullet in his head was convicted Thursday of criminal harassment. Jennifer Pawluck was charged in 2013 after snapping a photo of graffiti, which she didn’t draw, and uploading it to Instagram, a photo-sharing social media site. Quebec court Judge Marie-Josee Di Lallo said she had no doubt the criteria necessary to find Pawluck guilty of harassment had been met.

'Escape' button on websites aids domestic violence victims - 04/24/15
As a domestic violence victim, you are possibly searching the Internet for help. Problem is, you use a computer at your home that your abuser may also have access to. You don't want him or her to see what sites you have been looking for. You try to use the computer when he or she is not around but that is not always possible.

CPSO seeks suspect in cyberstalking case - 04/24/15
The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office needs the public's help locating a man wanted in a cyberstalking case. Michael Raymond Fremin, 54, is accused of sending harassing and threatening text messages to his former employer. He is described as a 5-foot-11 white male, weighing 170 pounds, with long gray hair that he wears in a ponytail.

Sex offender charged with allegedly stalking Bronx prep school - 04/23/15
A registered sex offender was hit with federal stalking charges after allegedly making threatening phone calls and disturbing online posts about prestigious prep school Horace Mann. Daniel Gruber, 36, a graduate of the Bronx school with a record of sexual offences, was arrested on two counts of harassment last week. On Thursday, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office added stalking charges.

Bedford man warns others off internet dating after being convicted for harassment - 04/22/15
A LOVE-struck Bedford man who ended up in court for harassing a Harlow woman he met through an internet dating agency issued a stark four word warning to others looking for love through the web. "Don't do it – simple," Cleveland Thompson, 35, said at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to harassing Harlow woman, Louisa Harpin, 32. Thompson, an office co-ordinator, of 55, Beaconsfield Road, Bedford, was warned by the magistrates that he was close to being jailed.

Man charged with sending obscene photo to woman - 04/22/15
A 36-year-old Cherryville man has been charged with disseminating obscenity by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after allegedly sending a photograph of his private parts to a woman he was harassing. Ashley Dean Waters, of 1861 Wehunt Store Road, was arrested on charges of misdemeanor cyberstalking, making harassing phone calls and disseminating obscenity on Saturday.

Is Twitter Afraid of Its Own Platform? - 04/21/15
On Tuesday, Twitter released a blog post announcing a set of new policies targeted at mitigating harassment on its platform. My colleague David Auerbach has already parsed the new rules for clues on how Twitter is balancing its interest in user safety and its commitment to freedom of expression. I’m just as interested in the medium as I am the message. Have you ever noticed that Twitter executives prefer to talk about harassment on Twitter just about anywhere except on Twitter? Twitter CEO Dick Costolo took questions from Twitter users on CNBC last year; more than a quarter of the queries concerned Twitter abuse, but Costolo didn’t address any of them.

Monday, April 20, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - Apri 20, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Denver teacher's 'I wish my teacher knew' assignment goes viral
A Denver teacher's assignment asking third grade students to write down things "I wish my teacher knew" went viral when she shared some of the responses. Kyle Shwartz, who has been teaching at Doull Elementary in Denver for three years, said she designed the assignment as a trust-building exercise for her class. "As a new teacher, I struggled to understand the reality of my students' lives and how to best support them. I just felt like there was something I didn't know about my students," Shwartz told ABC News. Shwartz said students were told to write a sentence starting with, "I wish my teacher knew," and they were given the option of turning the note cards in anonymously. "I let students determine if they would like to answer anonymously," she said. "I have found that most students are not only willing to include their name, but also enjoy sharing with the class. Even when what my students are sharing is sensitive in nature, most students want their classmates to know." The assignment went viral when Shwartz started sharing some of the answers on Twitter with the hashtag "#IwishMyTeacherKnew."

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New Study says that Cyber-Stalkers are Addicts - 04/20/15
A new study has revealed that most internet based stalkers may be internet addicts who have low interpersonal skills and are not in touch with other people. The National Center for Cyberstalking Research says that these Cyber-stalkers fail to establish relationships; therefore they concentrate on virtual people. Psychologist Dr Short, one of the co-authors of the research, says that internet addiction can lead to cyber-stalking and is also an evidence of the failure of the subject to maintain relationships in the real world.

Deputies seek man accused of cyberstalking - 04/18/15
Caddo Parish deputies are looking for a man accused of making terrorizing threats to his estranged wife. Deputies say 26-year-old Bryce Deangelo Hill, who has a history of domestic violence, made threats against the woman and a small child by sending text messages to the woman's phone.

Wolverhampton online stalker convicted of 'relentless barrage' of tweets and emails spared jail - 04/18/15
Instead, Penny Mellor was made the subject of a community order, put under a year’s supervision and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. Mellor, 53 from Coven, sent hundreds of tweets and emails to and about Shy Keenan, 52, of Colchester, claiming that Ms Keenan had fabricated parts of her best-selling autobiographical misery memoir, Broken and said she wanted the publisher to withdraw it from sale because it was obscenely graphic.

Waterloo region kids involved in child porn investigation - 04/18/15
Cellphones. iPads. Nintendo DS systems. They’re just a few of the tools police say elementary school children, some as young as 12 and 13, were using to allegedly take and distribute nude photos since last fall in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. Students in Grades 7 and 8 are now under investigation from Waterloo Regional Police for allegedly being in possession of child pornography and could face charges, according to spokesperson Alana Holtom.

Instagram turns strict against pornography and online harassment - 04/18/15
Photo sharing service Instagram has rolled out a significant update to its community guidelines to take on online harassment and pornography. The updated guidelines now clearly detail content which is allowed or banned by the social network. While Instagram allows for posting of breastfeeding and photos of nude paintings and sculptures, it bans more sexually explicit content. The company said it may also remove images that show nude or partially nude children for safety reasons.

School board member accused of cyber-bullying - 04/17/15
Lucerne Valley Unified School District board member Dawn Turnbull refused to step down after a series of controversial Facebook posts prompted calls for her resignation and a formal censure by the governing board this week. Turnbull has been outspoken since first being elected to the board in 2010, vigorously stating her opinions and sometimes sharing details of her family and personal life during public meetings. Her relationships with fellow board members have slowly deteriorated. She retained her seat when she was one of three board incumbents to run unopposed last fall, but she became the target of a community recall petition effort ahead of this week's censure.

Deputies In San Dimas Seek To End Vicious Cyber-Bullying Attack Threatening To Kill Student - 04/16/15
Sheriff’s deputies in San Dimas have stepped up their search for the person or persons making threats against a San Dimas middle school student that include a promise to kill her. Parents of students at Lone Hill Middle School in San Dimas are concerned after an Instagram account surfaced, naming the victim and posting pictures of weapons the person planned to use to murder her.

Judge imprisons cyberbully for six years, gives him 20 years to pay victim surcharge - 04/16/15
Robert James Campbell was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison for shredding the reputations of targets around the world in what an Ottawa judge described as an obsessive, 13-year online campaign of fear. Some of his victims who sat in on the hearing had told the court that he had them living in fear. One victim detailed hateful harassment that turned his world upside down, and another remains so unnerved he’s thinking of uprooting his family and leaving Ottawa for good.

Teens at risk of stalking as images used on porn sites - 04/16/15
Young people could be leaving themselves open to online and real-life stalkers because of how innocuous photographs are being used in internet porn galleries. has published a report showing how information associated with photographs uploaded onto social media by teenagers can allow people to trace them back to their online social media accounts ­ and even their home addresses.

Living in 'Law Limbo' as the Target of Stalking Trolls? - I Should Know - 04/16/15
I don't like using the word 'victim', it implies I accept and concede to what is being done to me - I don't. Criticised for taking my online abuse case as far as the High Court to reveal identities. Unfairly accused of 'trying to stop free speech' by a majority who did not know the truth or facts of my case. Free speech? No, that was not what my case was about. Glad it caused debate, raised serious questions, but my case was based on current defined criminal offences.

Hoax call prompts massive SWAT response on Broadway Street ­ has “swatting” trend come to New Orleans? - 04/16/15
A man called the New Orleans Police Department this weekend saying that he had shot a woman at their Broadway Street home and intended to shoot any officers who approached the house, prompting a major response from elite NOPD officers in an armored vehicle who shut down roads around the home while they investigated.

After GamerGate, Congress Is Grappling With Online Abuse - 04/15/15
Days after a California judge sentenced Kevin Bollaert to 18 years in prison for operating a revenge porn website, and months after GamerGate exposed the repeated, unchecked abuse some women receive online, about 100 people from a coalition of women’s groups convened on Capitol Hill today to brief Congress on cyberstalking and online threats.

Cyber-bullying prompts parent to file police report - 04/15/15
Another group of cyber bullies targeted a local student, leading to that person's parent filing a police report. Experts said it’s an ongoing, widespread problem across the area and country, but there are initiatives focused on preventing the online problem.
"There's no doubt that technology is fundamentally disrupting education, but it's not all bad," Common Sense Media regional manager Jeremy Nielsen said. Nielsen's role with Omaha Public Schools is fostering positive things in a digital world.

Sulphur man arrested for cyberstalking - 04/15/15
A Sulphur man was arrested on Tuesday on a couple of charges, including cyber stalking. Deputies from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a report from a woman who said she received numerous harassing and intimidating text messages and phone calls from 28-year-old Christopher Istre III.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Are you near the University of Connecticut? Come see me speak tomorrow night!

Come see me on this panel tomorrow night if you are in the area! University of Connecticut Leadership Office Leadership Legacy Speaker Series Presents Angry Tweet or True Threat? Freedom of Speech on Social Media Tuesday, April 14th, 2015, 7:30pm Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center Storrs, CT You can’t yell “fire” in a crowded theater, but what about posting about it online? When does a post become more than an expression of anger? If someone feels they’ve been a victim of online harassment, what avenues do they have to report and how has the legal system responded? What responsibilities do social media companies have? Where do we draw the line on protected speech in the internet era? As the world becomes increasingly digital, more of our communication is happening on social media, and is changing the way that the law and society understand freedom of expression. The Supreme Court is currently deciding a case on threatening speech and first amendment protections, which is the first time the Court has ventured into the world of Facebook and Twitter. What impact will it have on policy, law, and you? The University of Connecticut’s Leadership Legacy Experience is pleased to host a distinguished panel exploring these complexities of freedom of speech in the internet era. Panelists include UConn Law Professor Molly Land, on the responsibilities of the social media companies and the international implications, Staff Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut David McGuire, on the implications on free speech and expression, and Jayne Hitchcock, President of the advocacy organization Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHOA), on the rights of victims. This panel will be moderated by Dr. Kristin Kelly, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. Admission to this event is free. All members of the community are welcome to attend. Guided by its core principles, the Leadership Office at the University of Connecticut facilitates educational and experiential initiatives that challenge individuals and organizations to explore, strengthen, and elevate their character, leadership and ability to contribute as global citizens. The Leadership Legacy Experience is the University’s most prestigious leadership development program; through lectures, discussions and presentations, the Leadership Legacy Speaker Series offers the campus community access to renowned scholars and leaders who explore critical issues of the day. For accommodations, please contact Krista O’Brien at For information on the event and the Leadership Legacy Experience, visit Contact: Leadership Office Student Union Room 302 860.486.6588

True Crimes & Misdemeanors Newsletter - April 13, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Horse returns selfie-taker's kiss in viral video
A man who planted a smooch on a horse while taking a selfie with the animal captured his own surprise as the equine kissed him back. The video, shared by America's Funniest Home Videos' AFVApproved YouTube channel, shows the man kiss the horse while taking a selfie and the horse, without missing a beat, returns the favor on the side of the man's face. The location and date of the video were unclear Monday.

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Bryan Lee: Former Ohio Trooper Ripped Tickets In Exchange For Sex - 04/12/15
Bryan D. Lee, a former Ohio state trooper, was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday for violating the civil rights of female motorists throughout his law enforcement career. According to Daily News, the 31-year-old man confessed to coercing four women into having sex with him in exchange for dismissing their tickets. Over the course of his eight-year career, Bryan Lee admittedly had sex with four different women. He also sexually assaulted some of his arrested victims after they were handcuffed. According to the report, Lee offered to not write traffic tickets or file criminal charges against neither the women targeted nor their friends.

Salisbury woman charged with harassing Health, Human Services employee - 04/11/15
A Salisbury woman with a history of making harassing and threatening phone calls has been accused of doing it again, authorities say. The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office served arrest warrants on Rebecca Bailey Dye, 63, of the 1200 block of Stanley Street, charging her with misdemeanor cyberstalking and misdemeanor harassing telephone calls.

8th-grader faces felony charge for changing teacher's desktop background - 04/10/15
A Florida eighth-grader is facing felony hacking charges after he used his school's computer network to prank a teacher with a photo of two men kissing. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said Domanik Green, 14, used an administrative-level password to access the secure computer network at Paul R. Smith Middle School in Holiday on March 31 and change the desktop background photo to one showing two men kissing.

Internet romance turned into stalking obsession for man - 04/10/15
AN internet romance turned into a serious obsession when a man began stalking a woman after she had ended the relationship. Ross White was unable to accept it was over and began contacting her via social media and by telephone and also turned up at her place of work at Chard. He also made repeated threats to assault her new boyfriend and sent a message to the victim saying that he had slept the night on a communal stairwell leading to her flat.

Salisbury woman charged with cyberstalking, making harassing phone calls - 04/09/15
A Salisbury woman is facing charges of making harassing phone calls and cyberstalking in Wake County. Rebecca Bailey Dye, 63, was booked into the Rowan Detention Center on Thursday morning just after 1:00 a.m. Bond was set at $5000. Captain John Sifford said the charges are from Wake County, but were served on Dye in Rowan County.

Florida Legislature looks to ban revenge porn - 04/09/15
A San Diego man made international headlines last week when he was sentenced to 18 years in prison for posting more than 10,000 nude photos of people online without their permission, along with their personal information. Kevin Bollaert was convicted on extortion and identity theft charges -- not because he published the photos. When victims requested the images be taken down, Bollaert's so-called revenge porn site would direct them to another site, which would charge about $300 to take the images down.

Governor Walker signs cyberstalking bill into law, victim says: “It gives me peace of mind” - 04/09/15
Governor Scott Walker on Wednesday, April 8th signed a bill that will allow state judges to issue restraining orders against anyone who uses technology to harass a Wisconsin resident from anywhere in the country. “I applaud the legislators and the governor for closing the gap,” Melissa Torres, who has been a target of cyberbullying said.

10 Tips to Dealing With Trolls - 04/09/15
If you’re in the online world, you’ve dealt with a troll. If you haven’t, you will. I have to deal with it on a daily basis as I write a lot and am always under scrutiny over things. Even my free hosting business gets attacked from time to time even though we do everything in our power to not participate. Every business I’ve ever been apart of has had this as well.

Social Media Needs More Limitations, Not Choices - 04/09/15
Social media is always updating to give people more. More features like video and picture sharing. More freedom to use third-party apps. More capacity to store more data and make more connections. More platforms so we can use one service while loading another.

Five-year-old tormented and harassed by online bullies - 04/09/15
A five-year-old girl was among hundreds of people in Coventry who was tormented by online bullies using social media. The youngster, who was harassed online, went to police after being targeted on Facebook and Twitter.

Has Anita Sarkeesian Been Silenced? - 04/09/15
Sociologists are interested in the workings of power. How is inequality produced and sustained? What discursive and institutional forces uphold it? How are obvious injustices made invisible or legitimized? Why is it so hard to change hearts, minds, and societies?

Protection order violators may see stiffer penalties - 04/09/15
A bill making its way through the legislature aims to tighten the screws on those who violate an order of protection; typically awarded to the victim of domestic violence, date rape, sexual violence, stalking, and cyberstalking. Supporters of House Bill (HB-443) report to Historic City News that the victim of domestic violence can get a protective order against their spouse, partner, or significant other; however, the order remains in effect a maximum of 15 days.

Is there a stalker in your webcam? - 04/08/15
Imagine someone stalking you, 24 hours a day, peeking into your private life and whatever you do online as well through your own webcam. Sounds scary? It can be true, however. Hackers can activate your webcam remotely even when it is not in use. It allows them to look into your private life through your webcam that acts as a strong weapon for cyber stalking.

Online harassment is a form of violence - 04/08/15
Many of us have a traditional and corporeal perspective on violence. We perceive it as physical threat: the stranger following you home on a dark night; an unprovoked assault in a bar or on an empty train; or the alcohol fuelled brawl that breaks out in the Valley in Brisbane on a Friday night. We may even think about domestic or family violence, particularly now that popular discourse increasingly recognises domestic violence as a national emergency of "epidemic" proportions.

Online harassment 'requires more law enforcement' - 04/08/15
The case of an Indian student being defamed and threatened online is an indictment of flawed police practice, not existing legislation, says ACT Leader David Seymour. The harassment and subsequent police inaction was reported on One News on Tuesday. "Mr Singh has been let down by police inaction, not by a lack of legislation," says Mr Seymour.

Bell Canada pulls U-turn on super-invasive web-stalking operation - 04/08/15
Following the Canadian Privacy Commissioner's investigation into "an unprecedented number of complaints" regarding Bell Canada, the telecommuncations giant is suddenly back-pedalling on its customer tracking policy. A report from the Canadian Privacy Commissioner's Office (OPC) has urged telecommunications companies to adopt "opt-in" consent when it comes to building detailed consumer profiles to facilitate behaviourally targeted advertising.

Monday, April 06, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - April 6, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Michigan stranger fixes van door from viral photo for free
A Michigan woman whose van with a missing driver-side door was made famous by viral photos said the door was fixed by a stranger for free. Amanda Maxfield of Muskegon said her van was photographed and turned into a meme on Facebook while it was being driven by her friend, Devin Beeman, but the photo that went viral recently was only the latest in a series of pictures and videos taken by strangers during the past year. Maxfield said the van's door was destroyed by a collision more than a year ago and it has been without a door ever since because her family couldn't afford to replace it and her fiancé was unable to repair it on his own. She said the most recent viral photo led to a flood of negative comments and bullying online, but it was one comment in particular that caught her attention -- an offer of help. James Barber said he wanted to counteract all the negativity with his offer to repair the van door. "Of course, the public comments were insults and being mean, and I got on there an offered to help," Barber told WXMI-TV. Barber fitted a replacement door to the van Saturday. "I could not believe that somebody out of the kindness of their heart would help someone like that they don't even know," Maxfield said. She said Barber has inspired her to commit her own acts of kindness. "I actually can't wait to pay it forward. I can't wait to help somebody like he has helped," Maxfield said.

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What lurks in the shadowy corners of the Internet - 04/06/15
Ever heard of "doxxing" or "revenge porn"? How about the names Violentacrez or Craig Brittain? If not, you're hardly alone. But if the terms wife, sister or daughter are familiar, keep reading.Violentacrez was the online screen name for a 49-year-old Texas computer programmer named Michael Brutsch who became one of Reddit's most popular forum moderators in part by posting "creepshots" taken of unsuspecting women in various forms of undress. He also posted photos of dead children designed to shock viewers and traumatize the victims' families. Mr. Brutsch even claimed online to have had sex with his step-daughter.

Monitoring Employee Social Media Activity - 04/06/15
Last year, the Pew Center released its demographic data on social media usage. The data revealed that­regardless of age, race, sex, education, or income­nearly 75 percent of all adults in the United States who use the Internet use social media. It is therefore foreseeable that employers would want to regulate and monitor their employees' on- and off-duty social media usage. The time is ripe to examine the pros, cons and pitfalls of monitoring employee social media postings from a legal perspective.

Man accused of stalking NY woman - 04/06/15
A local man is facing a felony charge after police said he had been stalking a member of the U.S. Navy for over a year. Police said he met her through an Internet dating service. Thomas A. Bonfiglioli, 46, of Bennington, pleaded innocent Friday in Bennington criminal court to a felony charge of aggravated stalking in violation of a court order that specifically included a “no stalking” order. Bonfiglioli was also charged with violation of an abuse prevention order.
Reimagine the problem - 04/05/15
Free speech is an extremely difficult subject in Pakistan. And things do not become any easier with the speed at which modern communications technology, including social media, has grown. We now live in the digital age and this forces us to re-examine our conventional view of things. The digital age takes a life of its own and raises serious concerns about privacy, online speech and associated state action. Let me make something very clear at the outset: I am not calling for a repeal of any legislation in Pakistan. I also think that it is extremely unfair, as well as naïve, on the part of human rights groups to call upon politicians to repeal legislation that NGOs deem unfair ­ such as the law on blasphemy.

Woman arrested for 'Facebook thugging' - 04/05/15
It sounds like a comedy skit, but 'Facebook thugging' is actually a crime and 26-year-old Kristin Holmes found out the hard way. Holmes of Chesterfield, Virginia, was arrested after she allegedly posted a controversial selfie of her posing with a gun to Facebook after she was mistaken for another woman.

Freedom of speech is a responsibility, not just a right - 04/05/15
These words echoed from the TED Talk stage last month, where Monica Lewinsky spoke publicly for the first time in a decade. There arguably isn’t any speaker better equipped to talk about the freedom of speech and where it can all go wrong, when at 24, Lewinsky became the Internet’s first case of cyber bullying (though there was no name for it at the time).

Negative online comments about female MPs often sexualized, say political veterans - 04/06/15
Social media platforms like Twitter have made Members of Parliament more accessible to the public than ever before, but that exposure is not all positive. MPs are subject to online harassment and some say they’ve noticed a gender difference when it comes to the nature of the commentary. “Trolling happens to most MPs, but I think there is a gendered aspect when it applies to women,” said NDP MP Laurin Liu (Rivière-des-Milles-Îles, Que.) in an interview with The Hill Times.

Real life 'Burn Book' encourages cyberbullying among students - 04/04/15
In the movie Mean Girls, the popular and powerful Regina George causes a school-wide frenzy when her “Burn Book” of hurtful comments is photocopied and displayed for all to see. But this fictional controversy has become a reality for many high schoolers using the app Burnbook. The free app Burnbook allows users ­ who are supposed to be a minimum of 18 years old ­ to search for school communities within 10 miles of their location and then anonymously share text and photos for other users to view.

App Lets Gun Enthusiasts Track Down Gun Control Advocates’ Home Addresses - 04/03/15
Ladd Everitt didn’t panic when friends and colleagues told him coordinates to his home address and details about where he worked had been leaked on an app that targeted anti-gun violence activists. An app in the Google Play Store called “Gunfree Geo Marker” listed the first and last names, social media handles, work phone numbers or addresses, home addresses or name of living complex, as well as location coordinates for activists or people who promoted gun safety regulations, first reported by Fast Company last week.

Is there any recourse for victims of online photo memes? - 04/03/15
Those pilfered, captioned and shared photos that make us either cringe, rage or laugh out loud are as old as the Internet itself, but in these wild online times, is there any recourse for their victims? Memes, by definition viral little beasties, are everywhere, sometimes building over several years. And they have many heads ­ shaming wrongdoers, bullying innocents and poking fun at an awkward facial expression, twerk attempt, family portrait or school photo.

Man faces harassment and credit card fraud charges - 04/03/15
On March 31, a complaint was filed against Dustin Tyler Burnette for harassment against the mother of his child, an educator in the Dyer County School System. Burnette reportedly sent threatening messages and photos to the teacher that included harming the teacher and inquiring when children would be outside on the playground.

I couldn’t take my eyes off the undulating bottom in front of me. The woman ahead was sporting a pair of PVC leggings; her super-sized bottom looked like a bag of desperately trying to escape ferrets. She wore sky-scraping heels and a top displaying acres of cleavage.

CPD calls in SWAT for cyberstalking arrest - 04/03/15
Columbus police called in reinforcements on Wednesday to arrest a felony cyberstalking suspect.
Officers were searching for 34-year-old Damion Hampton, of 2112 14th Ave. N., Apt. B, on the cyberstalking warrant. They located him at about 3 p.m., but a department press release said Hampton ran into his apartment and refused to come out. The CPD SWAT team, with assistance from Lowndes County sheriff's deputies, eventually arrested him.

Web posts incite attack on Bowman - 04/02/15
Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman and his family have been targeted by racist posts on a self-styled gossip website that offered a $25,000 reward to anyone who would "throw or slam" a pie into the mayor's face. A spokesperson for that site now claimed on Wednesday the incident was an April Fool's Day joke.

Periscope Is Already Being Overrun With Sexual Harassment Of Women Because No, We Cannot Have Nice Things - 04/02/15
Periscope, Twitter’s new live video streaming platform, launched just a week ago but is already seeing an onslaught of sexual harassment against women. Can we officially declare a new law of the internet? “Put anything online and the creeps will come.” At least, that seems like how it works these days. It’s exactly what’s happening with Periscope. As a writer for the Internet and a Twitter user, I’m no stranger to sexually aggressive commenters. From “admirers” to horrible trolls, gendered @ responses and Tweets range from the innocuous “you’re hot” to the threatening “get raped” and far worse. Being a woman on the Internet is tough, mostly because, like being a woman anywhere, the simple fact that you are present seems to be a tacit approval of entitling men to sexually abuse you. Fun!

Parents of Heather Elvis warn of dangers of cyber bullying - 04/02/15
Thursday, Heather Elvis's parents held a private press conference to talk about the danger of cyber bullying. The Elvis's say over the last year and a half, social media has played a large part in spreading the word of the Elvis case, but now things like Facebook have become a way for people to harass and even stalk the family and many others. "This is progressing to the point that it's dangerous and we need the community to be aware of who they are dealing with,” said Debbi Elvis

Internet troll given warning for harassing parliamentary candidate - 04/01/15
AN internet troll who posted comments about Thurrock parliamentary candidate Jackie Doyle-Price has been given a harassment warning. Ms Doyle-Price, who is currently campaigning to keep her seat for a second term, reported the abuse to police earlier this year after going out with officers in a bid to tackle car cruising around Lakeside.

Judge rules harassing emails not tantamount to cyber stalking in Haywood GOP drama - 04/01/15
A Haywood County political operative and local government critic was cleared of alleged cyberstalking charges in court last week. Monroe Miller, 67, was accused of cyberstalking by Savannah Tedesco, 24, who claimed Miller would not stop sending her intimidating and embarrassing emails after she asked him to quit. A judge dismissed the misdemeanor cyberstalking charge. However, a civil restraining against Miller remains in place.

Former Sparland clerk posts bail on cyberstalking charges and is released from custody - 03/31/15
Former Sparland Village Clerk Margaret M. “Marg” Murry was taken into custody Monday night on two felony counts of cyberstalking. Murry, 55, posted $2,500 cash bail and was released pending an April 29 court appearance, according to court records. Murry had previously stoked considerable public controversy in Sparland through actions taken by her and former Acting Mayor Bob Lockhart, with whom she lives. But they resigned their positions in September 2012.