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Aristotle's Internet: Free Speech Values Online, Ari E. Waldman Feb 2012

Aristotle's Internet: Free Speech Values Online, Ari E. Waldman

Ari E Waldman

While the Internet has changed dramatically since the early 1990s, the legal regime governing online speech and liability is still steeped in an early myth of the Internet user, completely hidden from others, in total control of his online experience, and free to come and go as he pleases. This false image of the “virtual self” has also contributed to an ethos of lawlessness, irresponsibility and radical individuation online, allowing hate and harassment to run wild. I argue that the myth of the online anonym is not only false as a matter of technology, but also inaccurate – it does not ...


Aristotle's Internet: Free Speech Values Online, Ari E. Waldman Feb 2012

Aristotle's Internet: Free Speech Values Online, Ari E. Waldman

Ari E Waldman

While the Internet has changed dramatically since the early 1990s, the legal regime governing online speech and liability is still steeped in an early myth of the Internet user, completely hidden from othes, in total control of his online experience, and free to come and go as he pleases. This false image of the “virtual self” has also contributed to an ethos of lawlessness, irresponsibility and radical individuation online, allowing hate and harassment to run wild. I argue that the myth of the online anonym is not only false as a matter of technology, but also inaccurate – it does not ...


The Public Life Of The Virtual Self, Ari E. Waldman Aug 2011

The Public Life Of The Virtual Self, Ari E. Waldman

Ari E Waldman

While the Internet has changed dramatically since the early 1990s, the legal regime governing online speech and liability is still steeped in an early myth of the Internet user, completely hidden from other Internet users, in total control of his online experience and free to come and go as he pleases. This false image of the “virtual self” has also contributed to an ethos of lawlessness, irresponsibility and radical individuation online, allowing hate and harassment to run wild. I argue that the myth of the online anonym is not only false as a matter of technology, but also inaccurate – it ...


Hostile Educational Environments: On The Apparent First Amendment Barrier To Cyberbullying Punishments, Ari E. Waldman Mar 2011

Hostile Educational Environments: On The Apparent First Amendment Barrier To Cyberbullying Punishments, Ari E. Waldman

Ari E Waldman

This Article is one in a series about bullying and cyberbullying in schools. I argue that the proper analysis for a First Amendment challenge to school discipline for off-campus misuse of the Internet to harm or offend a member of the school community depends on the nature of the offending behavior. For students who are punished for a single incident – what I will call cyberattacking – a Tinker analysis makes sense. Except in extraordinary circumstances, the First Amendment should immunize these single-incident attackers from punishment. For students who engage in a pattern of repeated incidents of cyberattacking – what I will call ...


Exceptions: The Criminal Law's Illogical Approach To Hiv-Related Aggravated Assaults, Ari E. Waldman Nov 2010

Exceptions: The Criminal Law's Illogical Approach To Hiv-Related Aggravated Assaults, Ari E. Waldman

Ari E Waldman

This article identifies logical and due process errors in cases involving HIV-related aggravated assaults, which usually involve an HIV-positive individual having unprotected sex without disclosing his or her HIV status. While this behavior should not be encouraged, this paper suggests that punishing this conduct through a charge of aggravated assault – which requires a showing that the defendant’s actions were a means likely to cause grievous bodily harm or death – is fraught with fallacies in reasoning and runs afoul of due process. Specifically, some courts use the rule of thumb that HIV can possibly be transmitted through bodily fluids as ...