From one of Canada's foremost investigative writers, a groundbreaking expose on the motives and machinations behind cyberabuse -- tormenting, trolling, harassment, cyberbullying, stalking, and sexual extortion -- and the toll it is taking on children, youth, and adults around the world.
Each week our news broadcasts, newspaper headlines, Twitter feeds, and Facebook timelines are dominated by stories of cyberbullying and other digital abuse. This isn't the playground teasing and name-calling of generations before the Internet. This new abuse's unique characteristics--anonymity, permanence, and viral audience--can relentlessly exacerbate the humiliation, pain, and danger of its victims.
Ugly rumours that once snaked through school hallways and around the office water cooler are now delivered at lightning speed to the world, while sexual extortion and revenge-porn sites target those who've shared intimate images or had them stolen by hackers. Cyberstalkers who target adults destroy reputations and careers. And the splendid connectivity of social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, also makes us vulnerable to "interpersonal terrorism," while apps that promise privacy and rapid deletion are ridden with loopholes. With vivid reportage,
About the Author
PAULA TODD is a Canadian award-winning investigative writer, broadcaster, and professor of journalism and digital media. Also a lawyer, she is the best-selling author of the first e-book to break news in Canada, "Finding Karla: How I Tracked Down An Elusive Child Serial Killer and Discovered a Mother of Three," along with the best-selling "A Quiet Courage: Inspiring Stories from All of Us." For more than two decades, Paula has worked full-time for Canada's major newspapers, magazines, and television networks as a prominent political and legal reporter, feature writer, and host of popular television programs. She is a frequent speaker, teacher of journalistic and digital ethics, sits on the Board of Canadian Journalists for Free Expressions, and chairs its Digital Issues advisory committee.
"An essential eye-opening investigation of internet use, misuse, and abuse.... Investigative research with profound social, legal, and philosophical implications. Overwhelmingly persuasive. A book every parent--or anyone online--must read."--Hilary Weston Prize jury citation