Cornwall ON – Online Anonymity isn’t just hard to spell. It’s a hard issue to figure out at times as the balance between personal freedom of speech on the net is balanced between those that would use that freedom to manifest a point that can be destructive to others.
While some argue that there are already laws in place to protect it’s increasingly difficult to enact them. What do to when you or your business is attacked blindly on the net? There are even “Black Ops” and “Wolf Packs” that decimate and create spin on the net, pro and con for their clients or simply for kicks at times. It was also seen used by people connected to former Conservative Minister Helena Guergis.
Recently a Halifax Newspaper was forced to release information on posters on their newspaper.
Last April, the Coast published an article about allegations of racism within the Halifax regional fire service. Dozens of comments have been posted on the newspaper’s website over the past year.
Fire Chief Bill Mosher and deputy chief of operations Stephen Thurber wanted to unmask seven anonymous commenters, who they say made allegations of racism, cronyism and incompetence.
So in this case people’s jobs have been put at stake and of course their reputations. When these sort of attacks come anonymously there’s no chance for the victims to defend themselves from their accusers. Even when given the log data the process of determining who actually made the statements isn’t an easy path.
What do you think Canada? Do we need better laws to protect people from anonymous attacks? Do people need to sign their posts? Is there responsibility for the website that allows comments? Feel free to post your comments below, anonymously if you wish.
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