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I am proud of the Victorian State in my homeland Australia for passing a new criminal law which can now treat Cyber Bullies as stalkers.
Cyber bullying will be covered by the new criminal law if it is part of a pattern of conduct likely to cause physical or mental harm, or fear of it.
BULLIES will face up to 10 years’ jail under changes to stalking laws in Victoria Australia.
Bullying behaviour that is part of a course of conduct and could reasonably be expected to cause physical or mental harm to the victim, including self-harm, will be treated as stalking.
Children who use Facebook to threaten or harass could also be caught up in the change, although those under 10 cannot be brought before a criminal court.
I am very pleased to see this initiative launched out of my hometown in Australia. Please pass the word.
Department of Psychology, Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648, USA.
While online, some people self-disclose or act out more frequently or intensely than they would in person. This article explores six factors that interact with each other in creating this online disinhibition effect: dissociative anonymity, invisibility, asynchronicity, solipsistic introjection, dissociative imagination, and minimization of authority. Personality variables also will influence the extent of this disinhibition. Rather than thinking of disinhibition as the revealing of an underlying “true self,” we can conceptualize it as a shift to a constellation within self-structure, involving clusters of affect and cognition that differ from the in-person constellation.
1: Suler J. The online disinhibition effect. Cyberpsychol Behav. 2004
Jun;7(3):321-6. PubMed PMID: 15257832.
“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it. Ignorance may deride it. But in the end, there it is.”
Sir Winston Churchill
Free Speech Version 1 is the original intent of lawmakers in most civilized societies.
Free Speech Version 2 is what free speech has mutated into in the last 15 years, no thanks to the free-for-all frenzy that is the world-wide web. This has resulted in a disproportionately loud and vexatious diatribe which John Seigenthaler, the founder of the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, referred to as “…volunteer vandals with poison-pen intellect. Congress has enabled them and protects them”. [Ref]
Free Speech Version 3 will be a restoration of reason, equity, justice, truth and balance into this equation by the reasonable majority that takes action where the elected officials have failed. The anonymity and impersonality of the Internet can bring out the worst in some; Congress’ libel subsidy afforded by 230(C) of the Communications Decency Act (“CDA”) promotes digital conquest over courtesy. Furthermore, the search engines, as gatekeepers of the Internet with their proprietary algorithms, often promote counterfeit consensus over truth. Who yells loudest wins…
It is anticipated that FreeSpeechV3.org will be incorporated and registered as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code in the Fall of 2010.