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Teen texted boyfriend to kill himself. It worked. Will the law change to deal with digital reality?

Prosecutors in the US who want to send 18-year-old Michelle Carter to jail for her boyfriend's suicide have rested their case after three days in court. The Massachusetts teenager is charged with involuntary manslaughter after she sent hundreds of texts to her then-lover Conrad Roy III back in 2014 urging him to follow through …

Yelp-for-people app Peeple is back – so we rated Julia, its cofounder

Comment When does determination become stupidity? We're about to find out with the launch of slander-as-a-service app Peeple. It's been five months since the "Yelp for People" received a wave of press attention and then a flood of internet criticism when it was revealed that the app would allow people to rate other human beings. The …
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Boffinry breakthrough: Bullied bumble bot bolts brutal brat beatdowns

Vid Researchers in Japan have programmed a robot to flee children after groups of tearaways were recorded abusing the 'droid. A study by Japan's ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories found that kids, particularly when left unsupervised, will bully, harass, and sometimes even attack robots. As noted by IEEE …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Aug 2015

BEND OVER, boy! Twitter lockdown to give trolls and bullies a good LICKING

Twitter has gone into full headmaster mode in an effort to cut down on trolling and harassment among its users, generally acknowledged to be rife. A day after it announced that anyone can send you direct messages if you opt in, thus opening the door to harassment, Twitter has come up with several "upgrades" to its system. "We …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Apr 2015
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Australia's social media censorship law – for the children - all-but passes

The Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014 has passed Australia's Senate, meaning the nation now has a regime for compelling social networks to remove material deemed to represent bullying of children. The Bill defines bullying material as “… intended to have an effect on a particular Australian child ... likely to …
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Trolls prevail because good men do nothing: boffins

A recent study into online bullying has found that nine out of 10 internet users won't do a thing to stop it. Researchers from Ohio State University found that when confronted with examples of bullying, many users shy away from direct confrontation. The study pitted 221 student volunteers in a simulated support chat …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Feb 2015

Australia to social media: self-censor or face AU$17,000 FINES

Australia's long-threatened plan to compel social networks to remove bullying material directed at children has emerged, complete with a naughty corner for networks who don't play nice with others. The bill seeks to ensure that all social networks operating in Australia implement “basic online safety requirements” including …
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Judge bans stolen student sex pics sharing on BitTorrent

Conservative MP Louise Mensch has welcomed a landmark ruling in an internet bullying case as an advance for individual liberty. The case involved an anonymous student, known for the purposes of the case as "AMP", whose photographs were distributed by P2P software after her mobile phone was lost or stolen. The photos, described …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jan 2012
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Message from South Oz: YouTube not for assaults

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is reporting that South Australia's government is considering banning the filming of assaults. The government told the ABC it would introduce legislation making it an offence to publish "humiliating or degrading" images of people without their consent. State Attorney-General John Rau …
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Anti-bullying charity demands more laws on cyber-bullying

Today is the last day of National Anti-Bullying Week, and UK charity BeatBullying has been talking up the need for new laws. But the organisation can't seem to pinpoint what precisely is needed, given that existing laws cover pretty much every aspect of the issue. The not-uncontroversial BeatBullying mounted an online petition …
Jane Fae , 19 Nov 2010
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Online badness: The kids are not alright

One in eight kids are upset about content they've seen online - such as porn, sexual or bullying messages or harmful user-generated content. Less than half of parents are aware of their concern. These finding are contained in the report Risks and safety on the internet: the perspective of European children, based on interviews …
Caleb Cox, 27 Oct 2010
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Robot goes berserk in Balkan lab: 6 boffins given dead arms

The location: Deep in remote East-central Europe, the very stamping grounds of Igor and Dr Frankenstein. The scene: A laboratory, where dedicated scientists are toiling to create powerful artificial servants for the betterment of humanity - admittedly, using methods that their professional colleagues might deem questionable. …
Lewis Page, 14 Oct 2010
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'Anti-cyberbullying' rapper sorry for SMS smack talk

A rapper who acted as a spokesman for Ed Balls' anti-cyberbullying campaign last November has been caught sending abusive texts to a listener who called into a radio show, the BBC reports. Chloe Moody texted The Chris Moyles Show on Radio 1 to express the opinion that band N-Dubz were "losers" and that frontman Dappy (whose …
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2010
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Italian prosecutors seek jail time for Google execs

Italian prosecutors are pushing for Google execs to be jailed in a case over an internet video that showed the bullying of a teenager with Down's Syndrome. In September 2006, someone posted a three-minute mobile phone video to Google's Italian website in which four Turin teenagers make fun of a classmate with Down's Syndrome …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Nov 2009
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Boffins develop virtual reality anti-bullying game

Boffins at Warwick University* have claimed their virtual reality bullying simulator will help victims cope with the stress of being taunted. FearNot! creates a virtual school with 3D pupils that can be set to bully, look like an easy target or sit meekly in fear of attracting unwanted attention. Intelligent agents These …
Pratik Desai, 12 Nov 2009
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UK teens bullied into sending sex texts

UK teenagers are increasingly sending provocative pictures of themselves to each other in mobile phone and email messages, with some youngsters getting bullied or coerced into making explicit images of themselves. A survey of 2,000 UK youngsters by charity Beatbullying found that more than a third (38 per cent) of 11-18 year- …
John Leyden, 4 Aug 2009
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Moderatrix to gain even more sinister powers

A new system to improve the behaviour of visitors to internet sites, by granting more draconian exclusion powers to moderators, is launching this week in the UK. The ReputationShare technology was launched in the US in April of this year by LOOKBOTHWAYS Inc, a US-based company that has already developed a number of systems …
Jane Fae , 8 Jul 2009

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