ON THE INTERNET NOBODY CAN SEE YOUR CAPE: THE ETHICS OF ONLINE VIGILANTISM

Mathias Klang

Abstract


The discussion of vigilantism has been most active in the legal discourse, in which the term has been classified historically and divided into classical vigilantism, neovigilantism, pseudo-vigilantism and faux-(Hine 1998). However, a major problem with this discourse is that, for the most part, online activity would not fit easily into the existing terminology. This paper will open up the discussion and merge the theoretical, social and technical discussion on vigilantism by drawing on its modern forms.


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