Bad stuff on the 'net: it's there, but greatly exaggerated

Bad stuff on the 'net: it's there, but greatly exaggerated

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I blogged this here on the Robin Hamman's cybersoc log, here's a few words:

We're seeing a lot of buzz about problems on the 'net, like scams and predators of different kinds. It really happens, but it's a very small part of what you see on the 'net. The Internet is a microcosm of society, extremely beneficial, but sometimes abused. We need to be careful not to overreact.

However, there are bigger problems that get no buzz. Perhaps the biggest predators on the 'net are people who post disinformation, particularly swiftboaters, using that term in the generic sense. We have a significant problem with 'em, which will hit a peak in October and early November. Even Jimmy from Wikipedia has a similar problem, citing the occasional situations with "jerks".

We don't know how to solve this yet, working on it, but this is the priority.

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