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By Virginian - Pilot
12/17/2007




Businesses, political candidates, public figures and private individuals have become victims of so-called cybersmears, online defamation, flamers and cyberbullies. Here are resources for fighting back.

DEFAMATION FAQ

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group advocating civil liberties online, provides this list of frequently asked questions that is aimed at helping bloggers avoid getting sued for defamation or for online libel. "Will a retraction help?" is one question. The answer amounts to this: It couldn't hurt.

http://w2.eff.org/bloggers/lg/faq-defamation.php

CYBERLAWYER

Parry Aftab bills herself as a "cyberlawyer." This page has links to an informative PowerPoint slide show and background material that encompass her presentation on how companies should respond to cybersmear campaigns. She advises vigilance in Googling your company, and watching blogs.

www.aftab.com/cybersmear(underscore)campaigns.htm

REPUTATION REPAIR

Credo Media Group is one of many companies - in this case, a public relations firm - offering online reputation repair services. It claims it can "push away or remove defamatory information from the top spots of search engine results."

www.credomediagroup.com/

Here is just one other such service that tinkers with "search engine optimization."

www.internet-reputation-management.com/

HOW TO FLAME

Here are weird guidelines - probably tongue-in-cheek - on how to orchestrate a so-called flame war of mutual destruction online. Look at it as a guide for how not to act, or react. For example, suggestions include heavy use of sarcasm, put-downs and insulting jokes in online forums, and the advice to "make it personal."

www.boredreader.com/links.htm

CYBERBULLYING

While aimed at stopping online bullying among children and teenagers, this site offers reminders for everyone about how damaging online attacks can be. The site is done by the group whose mascot is McGruff the Crime Dog.

www.ncpc.org/newsroom/current-campaigns/cyberbullying

- Reid Kanaley, The Philadelphia Inquirer defamation faq

http://w2.eff.org/bloggers/lg/faq-defamation.php

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group advocating civil liberties online, provides this list of frequently asked questions that is aimed at helping bloggers avoid getting sued for defamation or for online libel. "Will a retraction help?" is one question. The answer amounts to this: It couldn't hurt. cyberlawyer

www.aftab.com/ cybersmear_campaigns.htm

Parry Aftab bills herself as a "cyberlawyer." This page has links to an informative PowerPoint slide show and background material that encompass her presentation on how companies should respond to cybersmear campaigns. She advises vigilance in Googling your company, and watching blogs.

reputation repair

www.credo mediagroup.com/

Credo Media Group is one of many companies - in this case, a public relations firm - offering online reputation repair services. It claims it can "push away or remove defamatory information from the top spots of search engine results." cyberbullying

www.ncpc.org/newsroom/current-campaigns/cyberbullying

While aimed at stopping online bullying among children and teenagers, this site offers reminders for everyone about how damaging online attacks can be. The site is done by the group whose mascot is McGruff the Crime Dog.

(c) 2007 Virginian - Pilot. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.


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