University of Maryland Professor of Law and author of the book “Hate Crimes in Cyberspace,” Danielle Citron provides a systematic account of online harassment, and the personal, economic, professional and social costs to its victims and society. Citron tackles the increasingly prevalent but often trivialized issues of cyber stalking and cyber bullying, helps us understand them and maps a course for how we can address them. With extensive experience in information privacy, cyber law and civil rights, Citron views online harassment as a civil rights issue, and outlines legal solutions for combatting it while upholding 1st Amendment protections. However, Citron believes that law alone can only do so much. Tackling online harassment requires a shift in societal attitudes from all of us – individuals, digital providers, parents and schools – to make the Internet a safe space for free expression.
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