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<!doctype html> <!-- built on IMS222 Boilerplate --> <html> <head> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="normalize.css" /> <title>Gov't Recs</title> </head> <body> <h1>Recommendations For Government</h1> <h2>Strengthen laws against perpetrators of online hate</h2> <p>Hate and harassment translate from on the ground to online spaces, including in social media and games, but our laws have not kept up. Many forms of severe online misconduct are not consistently covered by cybercrime, harassment, stalking and hate crime law. </p> <p>State legislators have an opportunity, consistent with the First Amendment, to create laws that hold perpetrators of severe online hate and harassment more accountable for their offenses, including at the state level:</p> <ul> <li>Ensuring hate crime laws cover crimes that take place online. Apart from Illinois, which mentions “cyberstalking,” no state hate crime statute expressly includes online conduct within its scope. These laws can and should be updated to explicitly cover applicable online crimes.</li> <li>States should close the gaps that often prevent stalking and harassment laws from capturing online misconduct. Improved laws can create better protections for victims and targets without creating constitutional complications.</li> <li>Congress has an opportunity to lead the fight against hate in online games as well, by increasing protections for targets, by updating federal stalking and harassment statutes’ intent requirement to account for online behavior.</li> </ul> <h2>Urge the game industry to institute robust governance in their online game products</h2> <p>Government officials have an important role to play in encouraging the game industry to institute robust and verifiable industry-wide self-governance. This could take many forms, including Congressional oversight that raises awareness and understanding of the problem of hate and harassment in online games.</p> <h2>Improve training for law enforcement</h2> <p>Law enforcement is a key responder to online hate, especially in cases when users feel they are in imminent physical danger. Increasing resources and training for these departments is critical to ensure they can effectively investigate and prosecute cyber cases.</p> <footer> <p>© ADLCTS July 2019</p> </footer> </body> </html>
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