On December 20, CLBR will have our annual year-end Heroes and Zeros episode in which, with guests Brenda Christensen, Denise Howell and Dan Tynan, we highlight those doing wonderful things on the internet and those deserving a cyber lump of coal. This year, in order to give credit (and shame) where it is due, I am naming my hero and zero “nominees” individually and today we honor three members of Congress who have been leaders in the fight against online harassment – Rep. Jackie Speier, Rep. Katherine Clark and Sen. Kamala Harris.
Last week the three introduced the Ending Nonconsensual Online User Graphic Harassment (ENOUGH) Act of 2017.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)
California Congresswoman Jackie Speier was a 2016 honoree for introducing the first federal bill outlawing revenge porn (the Intimate Privacy Protection Act) and leading the reading of Brock Turner assault victim’s statement on the House floor.
This year, in addition to the Enough Act, Speier has introduced the Servicemember Intimate Privacy Protection Act to make revenge porn a violation of the Code of Military Justice.
Speier, a former staff member for Rep. Leo Ryan, she was shot five times in the attack that killed her boss as part of the 1978 Guyana massacre. This fall, she brought the #MeToo movement to Capitol Hill by revealing that she had been a victim of harassment while working on Capitol Hill.
Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA)
Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark was a 2015 honoree for adding a provision to the Justice Department appropriations directing them to take harassment cases more seriously and report on their progress.
This year, in addition to the Enough Act, Representative Clark has introduced H.R. 3067, the Online Safety Modernization Act of 2017 which would criminalize and provide a private right of action for doxxing, swatting, and sextortion (including the threat to publish revenge porn).
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)
As California Attorney General Harris was named a Hero in 2012-2015 for her work on privacy and revenge porn matters.
This year, with the ENOUGH Act, she introduced the first revenge porn bill in the U.S. Senate.
Annual Heroes and Zeros Show
Listen on Wednesday, December 20th at 1PM ET / 10AM PT on WebmasterRadio.fm as I discuss the Heroes and Zeros for 2017 with our special guests – Brenda Christensen, Denise Howell and Dan Tynan.