The Great Debate

Muzzling the online vigilantes

By Michael Maiello
April 22, 2013

 

There is a new justice being administered online by well-meaning and not so well-meaning people who have learned to use the Internet as a tool for investigation and retribution against perceived or suspected wrongdoers. It seems to have started within the last two years with the online bulletin board 4Chan and within the hackers loosely assembled under the name Anonymous. It has since migrated to community sites such as Reddit. Sometimes, the target is a cad suspected of bullying somebody. Recently, amateur sleuths tried to figure out who was behind the Boston Marathon bombings.

When linking Boston to Chechnya, exercise caution

By David Gordon and Willis Sparks
April 19, 2013

Editor’s note: This is a memo originally published by Eurasia Group, a political risk firm. It is being reprinted with permission.