Swartz, Assange, Manning, Dotcom: overreaction to online activism | Crikey

There’s some legal reasoning —  cited by a critic of Swartz’s — that ideologically-motivated acts of public disobedience should be punished more harshly than common criminality, because ideologically-motivated protesters are likely to continue to break what they see as bad laws, whereas those motivated by personal gain may be deterred by punishment. It’s called “special deterrence”.Evidence shows this theory is actually applied, at least the other way: large corporations that have engaged in repeated, systemic, even industrial-scale invasion of privacy, either with the cooperation of users Facebook or not Google, have managed to escape substantial penalties or avoid prosecution of any kind. It’s a similar story in Australia with Telstra being repeatedly guilty of privacy breaches, for which it has only receiving “warnings” and been asked for undertakings.

via Swartz, Assange, Manning, Dotcom: overreaction to online activism | Crikey.

Advertisements
REVOLUTIONS IN MY SPACE: A BLOG BY RITA BANERJI

"In a time of universal deceit, to tell the truth is an act of revolution." ~ George Orwell

parallax

The view from here ... Or here!

Emanzipatorische Antifa Wuppertal

Antiautoritäre, Solidarisch, Antifaschistisch

The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons

organizing resistance at the intersection of mass incarceration and the environment

British prisons: a personal account

“ I don't like jail, they got the wrong kind of bars in there." Charles Bukowski

Shiraz Socialist

Because there have to be some lefties with a social life

Melbourne Antifascists

Touch One, Touch All

DISACCORDS

An anarchist news blotter following events in Oceania & South East Asia

Maruti Suzuki Workers Union

Inquilab Zindabad! Mazdoor Ekta Zindabad!

In Moscow's Shadows

Analysis and Assessment of Russian Crime and Security

thekooriwoman

Gomeroi. This is MY truth.

Secular Pakistan

No Talibanisation, 'Honour' Killings, Blasphemy Vendetta

Transform Society

A site that educates & inspires souls

Ahona

Mariam Zohra D

My Name is Jamie. My Life in Prison

Letters shared with Sonni Quick

Free Haifa

Reading, Writing and Freedom Arithmetics

A Black Writer in Berlin

The official blog of Phil Lewis, award-winning novelist, essayist, poet, critic, artist and composer