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SXSW's Online Harassment Summit tackled big ideas, but few solutions in sight

Caitlin McGarry, Leah Yamshon | March 17, 2016
The event drew a low turnout despite months of controversy.

For Dr. Mary Anne Franks, a professor at the University of Miami School of Law who advocates against revenge porn, it’s not just about seeing reform at the social level, but at a wider legislative level, too. “We need to be able to say, ‘This isn’t freedom of speech,’” she said during the harassment against women panel. “We need to be able to say, ‘This is abuse, this is harassment... this is affecting my mental health, my lifestyle, and my career prospects.’”

One such proposal made news: Representative Katherine Clark, a Democrat from Massachusetts, announced the Cybercrime Enforcement Training Assistance Act during one of the panels. The legislation would establish a $20 million federal grant to train state and local law enforcement agencies on how to handle cybercrime investigations.


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