Anything that starts life under the name “online harms” and comes to maturity by the name “online safety” will always have a shade of the Orwellian about it. Last week, a piece of legislation that could have been born to wear that adjective was finally passed into UK law. ALLi's Self-publishing News Editor reports.
All writers are all vulnerable to attack these days if we speak out, from online trolling and harrassment, threats and insults, all the way to stalking and physical attacks. Many of us know what it is like to receive a social media message from someone claiming they intend to rape or kill us. Some of us have actually experienced such attempts.