Karen Seddon is a PhD candidate at the University of Manchester School of Law. Her research focuses on finding a purely rational, and not value-ridden, basis for law-making.
First, let me be clear what this blog is not about. It is not about cyber-bullying; cyber-stalking; the posing of serious threats; the incitement of violence or hacking offences. There is a disorientating abundance of laws protecting individuals from these offences, including the Protection from Harassment Act 1997; The Public Order Act 1986; the Crime and Disorder Act 1998; the Criminal Law Act 1977 and the Malicious Communications Act 1988. Case law has even extended Actual Bodily Harm to include psychological harm (R v Ireland), so I am not asking you to have in mind the misery-inducing teenagers that victimise classmates online. Continue reading