The non-profit advocacy organization Women, Action, and the Media (Wam) has partnered with Twitter to tackle online harassment of women, which it says is occurring on an unprecedented scale. Following a Pew study that showed 26% of women aged between 18 and 24 have been stalked online and 25% have been targets of online sexual harassment, Wam has created a comprehensive but easy-to-use form, through which users can report harassments and threats that will then be escalated to Twitter.
The security debate in many countries shows an alarming trend towards restrictions of fundamental rights that liberal societies have codified in the past centuries. Particularly in the field of surveillance, recent legislation often goes beyond what has been deemed constitutional by courts and lacks any fact-based justification as to how those measures are supposed to prevent or mitigate serious crime. Advocacy groups rarely achieve a victory in this debate. Hence, it is worth taking a closer look at a recent example from Austria where such legislation was prevented by EDRi member NGO epicenter.works.