“I say the state of nature exists. You are in it right now. It’s called the World Wide Web, a forum into which fully formed individuals emerge and confront one another in the absence of controlling norms or authority of any type. We celebrate the freedom of this unbounded universe, but is there a dark side? Can life here be nasty, brutish and short, as Thomas Hobbes found the state of nature?”
I also wish I came up with this great line: “The internet makes every coward a virtual hero”.
Community-based policing of the internet reminds me of the “neigbourhood watch” signs we often see in gated communities. The issues raised in Norm’s post are timely and I look forward to his future posts. In the meantime, here is a selected bibliography of internet legal resources for others who may be interested in this developing area.
Selected Internet Law Bibliography
Subhajit BASU and Richard JONES, “Regulating Cyberstalking”, JILT 2007 (2) – http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/elj/jilt/2007_2/basu_jones/basu_jones.pdf
Paul Bocij. Cyberstalking: Harassment in the Internet Age and How to Protect your Family. By (Westport, USA: Praeger Publishers, 2004).
Craig BUSKE, “Who is John Doe and Why Do We Care?: Why a Uniform Approach to Dealing with John Doe Defamation Cases is Needed”, MINN. J.L. SCI. & TECH. 2010; 11(1):429-452. http://mjlst.umn.edu/uploads/1Z/qo/1Zqou2DSBAxU6CEZNNcqeg/111_buske.pdf
Warren CHIK, “Harassment through the Digital Medium A Cross-Jurisdictional Comparative Analysis on the Law on Cyberstalking”, Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology, Volume 3, Number 1, 2008, 1-12. http://www.jiclt.com/index.php/jiclt/article/view/40/39
Law and the Internet: Regulating Cyberspace. Lilian EDWARDS and Charlotte WAELDE (eds) (Oxford: UK, Hart Publishing, 1997) “Defamation and the Internet: Name Calling in Cyberspace” http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/it&law/c10_main.htm
Jonathon T. FEASBY, “Who was that masked man? Online defamation, freedom of expression, and the right to speak anonymously” (2002), CJLT Vol. 1 No. 1 http://cjlt.dal.ca/vol1_no1/articles/01_01_Feasby_defam.pdf
CAROLE LUCOCK, Carole and Michael YEO , “Naming Names: The Pseudonym in the Name of the Law”, University of Ottawa Law & Technology Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2006. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=999675
Craig McTAGGART, A Layered Approach to Internet Legal Analysis (2003) 48 McGill L.J. 571 http://lawjournal.mcgill.ca/documents/McTaggart.pdf
Carina NEUMUELLER, “Are We “There” Yet? An Analysis of Canadian and European Adjudicatory Jurisdiction Principles in the Context of Electronic Commerce Consumer Protection and Policy Issues (2006) 3:2 UOLTJ 421 http://uoltj.ca/articles/vol3.2/2006.3.2.uoltj.Neumueller.421-456.pdf
Allen Edward SHOENBERGER, , Connecticut Yankee Speech in Europe’s Court: An Alternative Vision of Constitutional Defamation Law to New York Times Co. v. Sullivan?, Quinnipiac Law Review, Volume 28, Number 2, 2010, 431.
Daniel J. SOLOVE, The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor and Privacy on the Internet (New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 2007)
Yang-Ming THAM, HONEST TO BLOG: BALANCING THE INTERESTS OF PUBLIC FIGURES AND ANONYMOUS BLOGGERS IN DEFAMATION LAWSUITS, Villanova Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, Volume 17, Issue 1, 2010, 229.
Jeremy WALDRON, Dignity and Defamation: The Visibility of Hate, Harvard Law Review, Volume 123, Number 7, May 2010, 1596. http://www.harvardlawreview.org/media/pdf/vol123_waldron.pdf
“New York Defamation Law” Citizen Media Law Project http://www.citmedialaw.org/legal-guide/new-york-defamation-law (last accessed June 5, 2010)