Are people taking action against anonymous online bullying? If so what are they doing?
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When looking through article about anonymous online bullying it was interesting to see who was pushing back at internet abuse.  There were big companies who thrive on having anonymous clients, like Facebook.  A mother who was fighting for vindication, social orientation groups, and politicians.  What I learned the most was that this is truly a global problem, and only seems to get worst as time goes on.  I also learned that it does not take needing a big company or politicians to start getting the word out. There are many groups working on making the internet a safer place. 

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School thwarts cyber bullying Local Gold Coast News | goldcoast.com.au | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

School thwarts cyber bullying Local Gold Coast News | goldcoast.com.au | Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia | Are people taking action against anonymous online bullying? If so what are they doing? | Scoop.it
STUDENTS at Coomera Anglican College are bucking the national trend which has seen children put up with savage bullying, rather than be denied access to their beloved Facebook and Twitter accounts.
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Coomera Anglican College in Australia are taking a different approach to online bullying.  Instead of trying to tell people they cannot have a social networking cite, they are working on education, and begin at the age of 5.  They are fighting bullying with anonymity.  The students are asked to take screenshots of the bullying and turn it into the office anonymously, so that further action can be taken.  I chose this for multiple reasons.  One, because it is taking place in a different part of the world.  Another reason is because of the education they are providing.  Education is the key to stopping abuse everywhere.  I also chose this because they are not asking people to directly confront the bullies.  They just ask that you bring it to their attention, and they will handle it from there.    

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Could This New Tracking Tool Make Twitter Less Homophobic?

Could This New Tracking Tool Make Twitter Less Homophobic? | Are people taking action against anonymous online bullying? If so what are they doing? | Scoop.it
GLSEN has created a tracking tool for Twitter after seeing how many Tweets contain homophobic slurs, and their results are striking.
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Cyber bullying became popular on Twitter because it is easier than calling someone a slur in person.  The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), saw many homophobic slurs, and decided to make a change.  They started the ThinkB4YouSpeak campaign.  The campaign uses an online tool to monitor how many homophobic slurs are used on twitter at a time.  The number are high, and show that homophobia is still present.  I chose this because bullying is a serious issue in the LGBT world.  There have been many hate crimes against them and suicides.  These are things that everyone should work to prevent, and the campaign is trying to bring awareness to the issue.  

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No anonymity for ‘misogynist’ posts - IOL SciTech | IOL.co.za

No anonymity for ‘misogynist’ posts - IOL SciTech | IOL.co.za | Are people taking action against anonymous online bullying? If so what are they doing? | Scoop.it
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Anonymity is important on Facebook, because it can truly cause a change thins in society.  Since the beginning of Facebook many posts have become blatantly misogynistic.  Even though women are being targeted, racial and orientation groups are too.  The people that post these hurtful comments try to label it as 'humor.'  Facebook does not find it funny and is starting to reveal these people, whether they like it or not.  Even though it is a slow process, they are doing something to change it.  I chose this because it is a major company making a decision to not honor the anonymity.  Facebook is taking a stand against what people refer to as 'appropriate free speech.'

 

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Proposed New York Legislation Would Ban Anonymous Online Comments | PCWorld

Proposed New York Legislation Would Ban Anonymous Online Comments | PCWorld | Are people taking action against anonymous online bullying? If so what are they doing? | Scoop.it
Once again, lawmakers just don't seem to get the Internet.
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This article is about how New York senators are pushing a bill which would require New York based websites to take down anonymous comments.  This bill is suppose to help stop cyber bullying, protect small businesses, and protect politicians.  The comments can stay if the person gives their name, an IP address, and proof of address.  The author of this article goes on to insult this bill, comparing it to the anonymity of the Federalist Papers.  I chose this article because it showed people legally trying to make a change.  This article was interesting because it showed people want to protect the anonymous nature of the internet.  The author compares it to getting rid of quick download speeds to prevent piracy.  She also says most anonymous people are not being abusive.  Even if most people are not being abusive is it alright for only 10% to be?

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Prosecutor May Probe Facebook Over Girl Who Killed Herself After Online Bullying

Prosecutor May Probe Facebook Over Girl Who Killed Herself After Online Bullying | Are people taking action against anonymous online bullying? If so what are they doing? | Scoop.it
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An Italian prosecutor has launched an investigation into how Facebook allowed the publication of insults and bullying posts aimed at ...
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An Italian teenager committed suicide after a video of her drunk in a bathroom at a party appeared online.  Her last Facebook status before dying said, "I can't take it anymore."  Her mother is attempting to take legal action against the boys that did this.  Her efforts have seen results.  8 boys are in discussion with the magistrate.  They are trying to figure out who exactly was involved to take further action.  I chose this for two reasons.  One because it shows another problem on Facebook, which resulted in death.  When people are dying it is obvious that things need to change.  The other reason I chose this was because it was taking place in Europe.  It gives attention to the fact that online bullying is happening all over the world. 

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Parents take extreme action on faceless bullying

Parents take extreme action on faceless bullying | Are people taking action against anonymous online bullying? If so what are they doing? | Scoop.it
THOUSANDS of anxious parents are hiring private investigators to track down anonymous bullies who terrorise and stalk their children on Facebook and other social networks.
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Parents were getting fed up with the police and teachers doing nothing about their children getting bullied online. They started to hire private investigators to figure out who the bullies are, and confront them.  In most cases, with the threat of involving the police, caused the bullying to cease.  This caused the publisher of the article, Daily Telegraph, to start a campaign against anonymous online bullying.  They ask people to take any action to figure who it is.  I chose this because it showed parents stepping up and taking charge.  The most important thing in their lives is their children, and they are doing anything to protect them.

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