As readers of the InsidePrivacy blog know, we often save some fun reading on privacy issues for the weekend, given the crush of business during the week. The past couple of weeks have been a challenging time for the Internet, though, and our thoughts have turned to the darker side of anonymity and privacy. The scourge of the so-called #GamerGate movement has resulted in stunning threats of violence against women in the gaming community, causing Brianna Wu and Zoe Quinn to leave their homes after a barrage of threats, and media critic Anita Sarkeesian being forced to cancel a public presentation because of a death threat. Civility online is under siege, and cyberthreats against women seem to be escalating. Can anything be done?
Fortunately, Maryland law professor Danielle Citron’s new book, Hate Crimes in Cyberspace, has arrived at just the right moment. Danielle’s work provides a thorough exposition of the problem and clear-minded thinking about potential solutions. It’s the perfect weekend reading for those, like this writer, who feel a need to find solutions and restore hope in the potential of online discourse. If you haven’t picked up Danielle’s book yet, there are excellent reviews of it here and here. It is insightful and thoughtful, and a wonderful contribution to our thinking on these essential issues.
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