The end of kindness: Weev and the cult of the angry young man

The Verge reports on women who have faced serious harassment and death threats online. For instance, Kathy Sierra, a former Java programmer at Sun Microsystems, was the victim of hacker and anti-Semite Andrew “weev” Auernheimer, who “circulated her home address and Social Security number online…[and] made false statements about her being a battered wife and a former prostitute.” Sixty percent of cyberstalking victims are female, and law professor Danielle Citron, author of the upcoming Hatred 3.0, says, “Things are getting worse because these technologies are going with us wherever we go…[online harassment] is a simple, easy, and effective way to hurt someone.”