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Comment: Re:Sustainable business model (Score 1) 164

by K. S. Kyosuke (#48218635) Attached to: Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M
Well, obviously, it would have to include provisions for making sure that no storage node could actually access the stored information of others (exclusive client-side encryption). Plus a lot of other things. Well, that's one part of the "pipe dream" thing, but at least, there would be no central authority in a network like that. No CEO to send NSLs to! I'm sure a lot of people would appreciate that...

Comment: Re:Telecommuting is now a real thing (Score 1) 289

by K. S. Kyosuke (#48212883) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

Yeah, there's one guy I always tease about pants because once he stood up and was only wearing shorts. Scared me for a second.

Now imagine that in 4K!

Anyways, that's just it... there's no social pressure without eye contact. It is too tempting to websurf during a teleconference.

Well, that's why we need those new and better graphics cards - for real-time generation of a sufficiently believable artificial face of you "looking" into the camera. ;)

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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll 525

Posted by samzenpus
from the sticks-and-stones dept.
HughPickens.com writes James Swearingen writes at The Atlantic that the Internet can be a mean, hateful, and frightening place — especially for young women but human behavior and the limits placed on it by both law and society can change. In a Pew Research Center survey of 2,849 Internet users, one out of every four women between 18 years old and 24 years old reports having been stalked or sexually harassed online. "Like banner ads and spam bots, online harassment is still routinely treated as part of the landscape of being online," writes Swearingen adding that "we are in the early days of online harassment being taken as a serious problem, and not simply a quirk of online life." Law professor Danielle Citron draws a parallel between how sexual harassment was treated in the workplace decades ago and our current standard. "Think about in the 1960s and 1970s, what we said to women in the workplace," says Citron. "'This is just flirting.' That a sexually hostile environment was just a perk for men to enjoy, it's just what the environment is like. If you don't like it, leave and get a new job." It took years of activism, court cases, and Title VII protection to change that. "Here we are today, and sexual harassment in the workplace is not normal," said Citron. "Our norms and how we understand it are different now."

According to Swearingen, the likely solution to internet trolls will be a combination of things. The expansion of laws like the one currently on the books in California, which expands what constitutes online harassment, could help put the pressure on harassers. The upcoming Supreme Court case, Elonis v. The United States, looks to test the limits of free speech versus threatening comments on Facebook. "Can a combination of legal action, market pressure, and societal taboo work together to curb harassment?" asks Swearingen. "Too many people do too much online for things to stay the way they are."

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