Category: The Internet

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The Dark Side of Social Media – The ‘Alternative Influencer’

Dr H Stattos

According to Niccolò Machiavelli (who never heard of the internet let alone an alternative influencer): “Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel. Everyone sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.” (Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, 1532). This is a […]

Anonymity on the Internet

Stephen Kinsella

The role of anonymity in fuelling abuse of public figures has recently received significant attention in the media. Both footballers and politicians, having been subjected to horrendous levels of anonymous abuse and harassment on social media, have proposed that anonymity be banned, with all users required to verify their identity. Clean up the Internet (CUTI) […]

How can we clean up the Internet?

Stephen Kinsella

Across the world, governments are starting to wake up to the problems caused by unchecked “free speech” online. They are realising not only that they must act, but also that action is possible and will be popular. In the US the new administration is showing signs that it will grasp the challenge posed by the […]