Like Ray I find the moves announced recently by Gillard to hold some internet platforms accountable for their anonymous users activities a good if inadequate start to making cyberspace somewhat more civil environment for those of us who use it, and lets face it that means just about everyone these days. While many long term users have long resigned themselves to the notion that civilising the online space is “impossible” I am rather more optimistic that civility will be enforced incrementally over time and I think that enforcement will come from the courts acting in both criminal and civil cases to demand that those running the blogging platforms provide the identifying details of site-owners when those individuals have slandered or defamed real individuals.
The old aphorism suggests that the longest journey begins with one small step, and I see quite a few small steps happening out there and it may take a while but I expect that like the old wild west civilisation and civility will come to the online frontier eventually.
- What about WordPress blogs too, Julia? (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- Websites sign on to Gillard’s bullying protocol (abc.net.au)
- The beginning of the end of the pioneer period (iainhall.wordpress.com)