Quick Update: Alanah Pearce interview

Background: Alanah Pearce, a video game journalist, tracked down some of her online harassers. They turned out to be young boys and she decided to report them to their mothers. She posted the reply from one mother on her Twitter, which garnered a lot of attention.  The source of the harassment has connected to Gamergate in multiple online publications. Is this accurate?

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Swatting: What is it and how to avoid it

What is Swatting?

Swatting – “the act of tricking an emergency service (via such means as hoaxing a 9-1-1 dispatcher) into dispatching an emergency response based on the false report of an on-going critical incident.” The response can range from anywhere between the cops showing up to bomb squads, depending on the false information given.

Swatting is a serious offense that is both reckless and dangerous.

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Common Sense: Where is it? Guidelines for being Online

Through the Gamergate movement I have been exposed to some truly awful things. I have seen an exorbitant number of people insulting and wishing harm upon others and for what? For having a different opinion? For believing in different things? Is this truly representative of gamer culture? Or of humanity in general? It’s shameful.

Everyone believes that their side is the right one. And in order to perpetuate that idea they often ignore very distinct voices in their group that are bringing them down. Regardless of your views on the issues or your opponents, there are certain lines that should not be crossed. Unfortunately, it seems that many people have no idea where that even is anymore.

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