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The Immortal Myths About Online Abuse – Humane Tech – Medium
After building online communities for two decades, we’ve learned how to fight abuse. It’s a solvable problem. We just have to stop repeating the same myths as excuses not to fix things.


Here are the 8 myths Anil Dash picks out:

1. False: You can’t fix abusive behavior online.

2. False: Fighting abuse hurts free speech!

3. False: Software can detect abuse using simple rules.

4. False: Most people say “abuse” when they just mean criticism.

5. False: We just need everybody to use their “real” name.

6. False: Just charge a dollar to comment and that’ll fix things.

7. False: You can call the cops! If it’s not illegal, it’s not harmful.

8. False: Abuse can be fixed without dedicated resources.
abuse  comments  community  harassment  racism  reddit  anil-dash  free-speech 
8 days ago by jm
Shock European court decision: Websites are liable for users’ comments | Ars Technica
In the wake of this judgment, the legal situation is complicated. In an e-mail to Ars, T J McIntyre, who is a lecturer in law and Chairman of Digital Rights Ireland, the lead organization that won an important victory against EU data retention in the Court of Justice of the European Union last year, explained where things now stand. "Today's decision doesn't have any direct legal effect. It simply finds that Estonia's laws on site liability aren't incompatible with the ECHR. It doesn't directly require any change in national or EU law. Indirectly, however, it may be influential in further development of the law in a way which undermines freedom of expression. As a decision of the Grand Chamber of the ECHR it will be given weight by other courts and by legislative bodies."
ars-technica  delfi  free-speech  eu  echr  tj-mcintyre  law  europe  estonia 
june 2015 by jm
Huge Loss For Free Speech In Europe: Human Rights Court Says Sites Liable For User Comments | Techdirt
The ruling is terrible through and through. First off, it insists that the comments on the news story were clearly "hate speech" and that, as such, "did not require any linguistic or legal analysis since the remarks were on their face manifestly unlawful." To the court, this means that it's obvious such comments should have been censored straight out. That's troubling for a whole host of reasons at the outset, and highlights the problematic views of expressive freedom in Europe. Even worse, however, the Court then notes that freedom of expression is "interfered with" by this ruling, but it doesn't seem to care -- saying that it is deemed "necessary in a democratic society."


This is going to have massive chilling effects. Terrible ruling from the ECHR.
echr  freedom  via:tjmcintyre  law  europe  eu  comments  free-speech  censorship  hate-speech 
june 2015 by jm
As Islamists Seek To Silence Cartoonists With Guns, Irish Government Also Says Ciúnas
the urgency of repealing the Irish blasphemy legislation cannot now be overstated. The same cartoons that saw their authors murdered for blasphemy recently, would see Irish authors hauled before our courts. The same nations that execute their citizens for blasphemy, wish to promote the wording of the Irish blasphemy legislation through the UN, in order to expand such provisions to more countries. Ireland is the only European country to recently introduce a new blasphemy law. Following the horrific recent events in Paris, let us be the next country to repeal our blasphemy laws.
blasphemy  censorship  free-speech  charlie-hebdo  law 
january 2015 by jm
Link without fear – Copyright in Ireland in a Digital Age
The Copyright Review Committee report has been published. Headline recommendations:

Ensure the right of free speech is a central element of the new copyright regime, including in the areas of parody and satire;
Legalise legitimate forms of copying by introducing an explicit and broadly defined “Fair Use” policy.
Ensure the extent of copyright ownership is balanced against the public good;
Design a system which is clear to all parties, including end users;
Design an enforcement mechanism which is easy to understand, transparent and accessible to all parties;
Target penalties at those who infringe on copyright rather than on third parties such as intermediaries;
Future-proof the new regime by basing it on applicable principles rather than rules relevant to today’s technology only;
Make it easy for end-users to identify and engage with owners of copyright material.


Here's hoping Sean Sherlock now does what he said he'd do, and acts on these recommendations.
copyright  law  ireland  reports  fair-use  free-speech  satire  parody  copying  copyfight  ownership  ip  drm  linking 
october 2013 by jm
Senator Mark McSharry call Boards.ie and Politics.ie "subversive"
'we have Boards.ie and Politics.ie, for me frankly that doesn't amount to free speech what it amounts to is legalised subversion of the state. I think it's fundamentally wrong.' Incredible quote
boards  politics.ie  ireland  internet  seanad  regulation  subversion  mark-mcsharry  free-speech 
march 2012 by jm

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