The first thing I learnt when I started writing about alternatives to Microsoft products is that you attract the attention of some dubious individuals. It is important for me to state that the basis of their attentions is something one can only guess at and in light of concrete proof being difficult to achieve, it would be rather silly to start naming specific companies/corporations or indeed intent.
The best tactic is to provide the evidence I have and offer the reader the opportunity to make their own mind up based on a balance of probabilities.
Certainly for me, being the target of name calling/fictious information is not something that has any effect on my mental/physical well-being, infact I try to highlight it merely because it assists in displaying the depths some are willing to go simply because someone has a different view about IT related subjects.
Since 2008 I’ve had my fair share of stalkers, people who scour IRC logs, Tweets, Dents, Usenet (and recently the TechBytes show) in order to create insults and false allegations in a rather poor attempt to distort or silence my views. I’ve had attacks in many forms, both publically and sent privately via emails in addition to direct messages on social networking sites.
I am one of the lucky ones though.
For many, being stalked in cyberspace is as harmful (if not more so) than in the physical world and on Monday April 11th, Bedfordshire University created The National Centre for Cyberstalking Research. For many, the results of cyberstalking have tragically proved fatal and whilst any actions for those people now are too late, hopefully efforts can be made to safeguard future generation.
The National Centre for Cyberstalking Research has been established to address the need for research and analysis of this increased threat to individuals and society.
Cyberstalking has received a great deal of media attention recently with a spate of recent incidents reaching national and international levels. The growth of the problem is something that clearly governments, charities and the public are concerned about.
The increased public consciousness and media coverage of this issue has driven the need for systematic academic research into the prevalence, motivations, impacts and risk assessment which will lead to effective preventions of and responses to Cyberstalking.
With this in mind Bedfordshire University has asked for people to get in touch and share their experiences.
Cyberstalking can come in many shapes and forms. Sharing your experiences and exposing those who engage in it is the best way to tackle the problem.
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