Why are Americans so afraid of ‘crowdsourcing’ and how to deal with them
Why are people so afraid to report online abuse?
The answer is simple: the anonymity they offer.
The internet is an open platform for anonymous speech, and anonymity is central to the functioning of democracy.
That’s why the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have filed a lawsuit against California to compel the state to enforce the law against anonymous commenters on social media.
The suit alleges that the law is being used to stifle free speech online.
But it’s not just anonymous commenters who are being stifled online.
It’s also anonymous users, according to the ACLU.
That is, anonymous users are the ones being shut out of the system, the group argues.
What the lawsuit calls “crowd sourcing” allows anonymous commenters to report abuse online, but the anonymity provided by anonymity can also create the potential for abuse.
The ACLU alleges that California has gone beyond the scope of its authority to regulate anonymous speech online and is effectively regulating online anonymous speech.
And while the suit does not explicitly call out anonymous commenters, it alleges that online anonymity is the “foundation of the law and the system of justice.”
The ACLU’s complaint notes that the California legislature recently passed a law to regulate online anonymity, and it passed that law with support from the California Association of Counties.
The lawsuit notes that California is the only state to have passed a similar law to combat anonymous online speech.
The law was written to regulate comments that are “substantially related to the public interest,” and it requires that commenters disclose their sources of funding, including their identities.
But while anonymous comments are the most common form of speech on social networks, the complaint also points out that anonymous comments on the internet are also the most vulnerable to abuse and harassment.
As the lawsuit notes, anonymity is a “critical means for individuals to participate in online communities, to share their experiences, and to identify others who share their experience,” and “the anonymous nature of these communities often creates a chilling effect.”
This chilling effect is why anonymous commenters are often the ones who suffer the most when online anonymity becomes the norm.
In the wake of the Gamergate controversy, the ACLU, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), and the American Coalition for Free Expression (ACFE) launched a campaign to call on California to enact a law that would require anonymous commenters online to reveal their identities to protect their anonymity.
In December, California passed SB 1462, a bill that requires anonymous commenters “to disclose their identity in the course of their speech.”
The law would also require that anonymous commenters disclose the identities of the anonymous commenters and anonymous users who posted the comments.
The legislation also would require that the anonymous users reveal the identities and other information necessary to verify their identity online.
The Electronic Privacy International has also filed a similar lawsuit to challenge the law.
The group argues that the bill is a violation of the First Amendment and the First, Fourth, and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution because it makes it a crime for anonymous commenters or anonymous users to publish “publicly and intentionally to harass or threaten another person or group of people.”
The bill is also a violation by the California Supreme Court of the California Anti-SLAPP Act, which prohibits private citizens from suing for defamation online.
If passed, SB 1402 would also make it a felony for anonymous users or commenters to engage in “substantial and continuing” speech that harms the reputation of another person.
The bill would also impose a maximum penalty of six months in jail on a person who posts a false statement.
The complaint, filed by the ACLU and EPIC, argues that this is a significant step forward in protecting online anonymity.
California is one of only a handful of states that have not passed laws regulating online anonymity laws.
But in addition to the threat of jail for anonymous comments, the California bill is in direct conflict with the First and Fourth Amendments to the U: In the United States, there is no requirement that commenters provide their identities in their comments.
It is also unlawful to publish an anonymous comment on an internet website without the written consent of the person who posted it.
The California bill would further criminalize speech online that is “subversive,” “disparaging,” “inciting imminent lawless action,” or “likely to incite or aid in the commission of any act of violence.”
That’s an incredibly broad definition of what can be criminalized online.
In addition, the bill would create a state crime of stalking, a term used to describe stalking in the California Penal Code.
This law makes it illegal for someone to engage on the web or otherwise online with another person for at least one year, and if the other person knows the person has engaged in stalking, that person could be charged with the crime.
This is a major problem, according the ACLU: As a group, we know that our rights are being violated when the government, by the sheer weight of its power, attempts to criminalize online speech and the use of anonymity,