What to Do About Cyberbullying?
What should the law do when people are attacked anonymously online, such as in the case of Megan Meier, who committed suicide after receiving harassing messages on MySpace? Should the law do anything?
Three lawyers and a journalist debated the questions Monday evening at the Paley Center for Media in New York.
One panelist, Joan Lukey, a partner at Ropes & Gray, had some personal experience with being “cyberslimed,” as she put it. After representing author Patricia Cornwell, she saw her own name appear in online stories accusing of her of being a CIA agent, a murderer and an anti-Semite, among other smears. A few months ago, her managing partner received a letter detailing a death scenario involving her.