Rhondda AM benefits from ‘female privilege’ at South Wales Police

The Welsh Assembly member for Rhondda, Leanne Wood, has benefited from the proven benevolent sexism at South Wales Police, amounting to what an expert calls ‘female privilege.’

Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood became one of the many women in South Wales who benefit from police attention for Internet trolling just because they are women.

A freedom of information request by Crocels News has found up to 5 times as many men are arrested and charged for Internet trolling as women.

Leanne Wood’s victim, popular DJ Dave Begley, sent a spur of the moment tweet to Leanne Wood’s Twitter account, which she was not manning due to being on the television at the time. The tweet conveyed a non-credible threat that Begley wished Leanne Wood was “gang raped by immigrants,” when it was in the moment and not intended to be perceived as Mr Begley’s actual opinion.

Popular DJ Dave Begley becomes the latest victim of the female privilege at South Wales Police whre more men are being charged for Internet trolling than women.
VICTIM: Popular DJ Dave Begley becomes the latest victim of the female privilege at South Wales Police where more men are being charged for Internet trolling than women. Courtesy: Encore Communications Inc

Internet trolling and cyberstalking expert Councillor Jonathan Bishop, of Action on Digital Addiction and Cyberstalking, says he is not surprised by the situation. “My research has found that South Wales Police are up to five times more likely to take action where the person accused of trolling is a man and the accuser is woman,” he said. “This female privilege at the heart of South Wales Police is totally unacceptable as everyone should have equal access to justice regardless of their sex.
The legal case of Calver v The Adjudication Panel for Wales found that politicians are expected to have a thicker skin and the case of DPP v Chambers found that someone has to feel apprehension to be a victim of trolling.
Rape threats are common online and most are non-credible threats.
If the leader of Plaid Cymru feels apprehension from receiving a non-credible threat on Twitter, one should ask whether she is in the right job.

Councillor Bishop said that most trolling laws focus on the rights of the victim as opposed to the rights of the public in general, and he did not think police time should be focussed on public figures like Leanne Wood. “I might have had a different opinion on the prosecution of Mr Begley if the focus had not been on Leanne Wood’s feelings, but if he had been prosecuted under the Public Order Act for making threatening statements that could offend members of the public,” he said. “We should question why the police are spending time on rape threats rather than focusing on actual victims of rape of all sexes who all too often are blamed, disbelieved or otherwise fobbed off by the police for what is usually a planned attack against them.

District Judge Neil Thomas of Swansea Magistrates Court sentenced Dave Begley to 12 weeks in prison. Leanne Wood remains the Welsh Assembly Member for Rhondda.

Jonathan Bishop’s research paper on South Wales Police, “The Thin-Blue Web: Police Crime Records of Internet Trolling Show Chivalrous Attitudes That Can Be Resolved through Transfer of Powers,” was published in the Handbook of Research on Cultural and Economic Impacts of the Information Society by IGI Global in 2015. His research paper on rape threats, ‘Cyber-stalking or just plain talking?: Linguistic properties of rape-threat messages reflect underlying compulsive behaviours” was published in the book  Psychological and Social Issues Surrounding Internet and Gaming Addiction also by IGI Global in 2015.

Child protection concerns over Pokémon GO

Child protection concerns have been raised over the launch of Pokémon GO.

Experts have said that whilst on the face of it the Pokémon GO can be fun, there are risks that might not have been intended.

One expert, Cheyenne MacDonald, said about Pokémon GO: “[W]orryingly, there are now claims that the app could be used for something more sinister altogether – such as pedophiles using the ‘lure’ element of the game to trap distracted children.

Another expert, from Action on Digital Addiction and Cyberstalking, who did not want to be named, was concerned about Pokémon GO. “There is an item in game which lures Pokémon to your location, or can be set to a ‘pokestop’,” they said. “Most pokestops are public places, but in some cities it shows they did little research, where most of the pokestops are parks out of the way.

Internet addiction research ‘lacks insight’

Researchers at Swansea University and other institutions who claim links between the Internet and ill-health lack “insight” an expert has said.

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LACKS INSIGHT: Professor Phil Reed’s research lacks insight, a digital addiction expert has said. Courtesy: PHIRE Scientists.

Swansea University researchers, Professor Phil Reed and Rebecca Vile, made the claims in a study in collaboration with Dr Lisa A Osborne from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) health board and Dr Michela Romano and Professor Roberto Truzoli from the University of Milan.

Jonathan Bishop is the CEO of Action on Digital Addiction and Cyberstalking. “My recent research on ‘digital addiction,’ and studies from the 1990s, show they do not know what they are talking about,” he said. “People with ill-health, whether they have social phobia or other anxiety disorders, turn to the Internet and social media like a comfort blanket.
Once called ‘crackberries’ when Blackberries were the leading smartphone, people with digital addiction use their digital devices as a distraction, when in the past they might have used chewing gum, cigarettes or similar.
Instead of blaming people for using their devices to access the Internet, the researchers at Swansea University, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and the University of Milan, should be finding new ways to help people deal with their underlying health problems.

Jonathan Bishop’s book, Psychological and Social Implications Surrounding Internet and Gaming Addiction, is published by IGI Global.

Regulate social media platforms – Maria Miller

A United Kingdom Member of Parliament is calling for significant reform of the way social media is regulated in the country.

Maria Miller says more regulation is needed of social media platforms
SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA: Maria Miller says more regulation is needed of social media platforms. Courtesy: The Great Critique Blog

Maria Miller, who is the MP for Basingstoke, says the current system is circumnavigated by social media platforms. “We need to get the government to focus on the broader problem of internet abuse in its many and varied forms and not simply take a sticking plaster approach to it,” she said. “We have to make sure that as a country we are challenging the operators to clean up their act.
“Whether it’s Twitter, Google, Facebook, Instragram, all of them need to be much more clearly held to account for the way they are operating in our country.
These are multi-national companies who are hiding behind a cloak of anonymity and we need to expose them and get them to be more transparent in the way they are operating and the level of abuse that is going on through their operations.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop is an Internet trolling and cyberstalking expert who is the CEO of Action on Digital Addiction and Cyberstalking. “It is my view that the criminal laws for trolling are strong enough, although they could do with some tidying up as they date from 1988 to 2003,” he said. “When the United Kingdom leaves the EU it will be really difficult for ordinary citizens to take action against social media platforms, so I think it is essential that if Maria Miller’s proposals for a levy on social media firms goes ahead that it should fund an Internet Ombudsman like I proposed in 2010 and not the police, whose heavy handed approach to trolling goes too far in many cases.

Councillor Jonathan Bishop’s research paper that proposed an Internet Ombudsman was called “Tough on data misuse, tough on the causes of data misuse: A review of New Labour’s approach to information security and regulating the misuse of digital information (1997-2010)” and was published in the International Review of Law, Computers & Technology.

Eastenders actor’s ex and friend plead guilty to porn revenge

The ex-girlfriend of an Eastenders actor and her friend have pleaded guilty to porn revenge.

Emilia Marcou, 40 of Gorleston in Norfolk made public a video of a former Eastenders actor that she had sex with in a hotel. Marcou was aided by her friend, Sarah McKenna, 40 of Stansted, Essex.

Emilia Marcou pleaded guilty to porn revenge by disclosing an video with the intention to cause distress to her ex-boyfriend.
PORN E-VENGER: Emilia Marcou pleaded guilty to porn revenge by disclosing an video with the intention to cause distress to her ex-boyfriend. Courtesy: Luigi Cianfarano

Known as Porn E-Vengers, Emilia Marcou and Sarah McKenna pleaded guilty to porn revenge under section 33 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court.

Jonathan Bishop of Action on Digital Addiction and Cyberstalking is an Internet trolling and Cyberstalking expert. “The unconsented disclosure of sexual videos has only been a specific offence since 2015, but it has existed for much longer,” he said. “Max Mosley was affected by disclosures of sexual footage of him, but it is important to note that he would not have been protected by the new law because the disclosure was not specifically done to cause him distress, even if that is what happened as a result of the disclosure.
The law is designed to protect former partners from videos made with ex-lovers being disclosed by them, but as the Leveson Inquiry made clear, now that the video is in the public domain, the Eastenders actor concerned as a public figure could have little expectations of privacy, regardless of the porn revenge conviction.

Stalking affects 18% of all women and 8% of all men

A new Britain-wide survey commissioned by Suzy Lamplugh Trust and conducted online by YouGov, led to The Stalker in Your Pocket study.

A representative sample of 4,054 British adults were surveyed, which revealed that nearly 8% of all British adult men and a fifth of all British adult women (18%) had been stalked.

8% of all men are stalked as are 18% of all women.
STALKING TOO MUCH: 8% of all men are stalked as are 18% of all women. Courtesy: Sander van der Wel.

These latest findings show that social media has become the tool of choice for many stalkers. Key findings include: There is nowhere to hide on social media; 36.8% of people that have been stalked had been stalked using online methods such as by Facebook or email; victims often respond to stalking by disconnecting from the internet; of all those who have been stalked, 22.2% have withdrawn from some form online activity and/or social media; of those who have been stalked online, 43.1% have withdrawn from some form online activity and/or social media; and where online stalking was the sole form of stalking behaviour, only 9.8% of people reported it to the police.

In 2015, the National Stalking Helpline run by Suzy Lamplugh Trust, received over 6,500 calls and emails for help and advice. The Helpline was not able to answer all calls because of limited capacity and a year-on-year increase in demand for the service.

Victims should not need to change their lives but many feel that they have to 32.0% felt fearful about their personal safety; 9.5% moved home; 26% stopped answering their telephone; 18.1% stopped answering their front door; 11.4% stopped using their mobile phone.

Jonathan Bishop is the CEO of Action on Digital Addiction and Cyberstalking and a Fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management. “Stalking comes in many forms and often people do not realise they are being stalked until it is too late,” he said. “Workplace stalking can include a manager sending email to a person’s colleagues without them even knowing.
Often where people have power, such as manager, can get away with stalking by putting the blame on the person they have power over.
If others suspect someone in their workplace is turning others against them, then I would recommend using the Data Protection Act 1998 to request all the records held about them, including emails, as this can flag up communications that could be considered stalking.

E-Dating conviction part of ‘six-fold increase’

RAPIST: Jason Lawrance has been sentenced to life in prison for raping women he groomed via the e-dating website, match.com. Courtesy: Obtained from Sky News.
RAPIST: Jason Lawrance has been sentenced to life in prison for raping women he groomed via the e-dating website, match.com. Courtesy: Obtained from Sky News.

The conviction of Jason Lawrance for raping 5 women he met on the match.com e-dating website is part of a six-fold increase, the National Crime Agency has said.

The NCA’s Serious Crime Analysis Section (SCAS), which supports police investigations into serious sexual assaults committed by strangers, identified an increase in the number of people that were raped during their first face-to-face meeting following initial contact through an online dating website or app.

Derby Crown Court convicted Jason Lawrance and sentenced him to life for his rape of the women. Alan Charles is Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner. “This is a truly shocking case in so many ways and the courage of the victims in helping to secure this conviction should be applauded,” he said. “It was a complex police investigation into a string of attacks against women and I’m pleased to see the person responsible has been brought to justice for his despicable crimes.

Sean Sutton is Head of the NCA’s Serious Crimes Analysis Section. “More than nine million Britons have logged on to online dating sites, and the majority have found that they are a convenient and safe environment to find a relationship,” he said. “This initial work clearly raises a lot of questions and we will be working with academia to build a more complete picture.
However this will take time and we wanted to release our headline findings at the earliest opportunity.
Our aim here is to make people aware of the potential danger, so they can be better prepared and make the choices that are right for them.
A rape victim is never at fault and we do not want the circumstances in which these assaults take place to cause any victim to doubt that.
Sexual assault is a crime, full stop, and we want victims to feel confident reporting it to the police.

Jonathan Bishop is an e-dating expert who co-founded Action on Digital Addiction and Cyberstalking. “The extent of sexual offences following contact on e-dating websites is more widespread than people realise,” he said. “My research into e-dating websites suggests that e-dating profiles need to be properly configured to make clear whether someone is looking for sexual encounters so that those who do not want them are protected from claims they consented to sex when they did not.

Ruth Banks’s stalking claim dismissed

Allegations by Ruth Banks that a colleague at Aberdeen University, Ramyar Chavoshinejad, stalked her have been proven false by Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Ruth Banks is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Kosterlitz Centre for Therapeutics at the University of Aberdeen. Ruth Banks falsely accused a colleague of stalking.
FALSE ALLEGATIONS: Ruth Banks is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Kosterlitz Centre for Therapeutics at the University of Aberdeen. Ruth Banks falsely accused a colleague of stalking. Courtesy: LinkedIn

Ruth Banks is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Kosterlitz Centre for Therapeutics at University of Aberdeen, and when colleague Ramyar Chavoshinejad wrote about her daily on his own Facebook page she reported him for stalking.

Representing Ramyar Chavoshinejad, solicitor Les Green, said that Chavoshinejad had stopped posting the messages when asked to, and that Chavoshinejad was “socially inept,” thinking that posting messages about Ruth Banks was the best way to tell her that he was interested in her romantically.

Jonathan Bishop is a cyberstalking expert who founded Action on Digital Addiction and Cyberstalking. “There are many false allegations of stalking and harassment which result even through there has been no communication that perceived inappropriate behaviour from the person who doesn’t want it towards the person doing it prior to police involvement,” he said. “I would like the Crown Prosecution Service to amend its guidance so that if someone claiming to be a victim of harassment or stalking has not made efforts to communicate that is how they feel then they should have little recourse under the law,” he said. “I am pleased the UK Government are looking at the introduction of stalking prevention orders as a means to do this in respect of stranger stalking, but would prefer these to operate like fixed-penalty notices so that people like Ramyar Chavoshinejad are protected from false allegations of stalking.

Stella Creasy tries to ‘troll call’ out of justifying ‘jailing youths’

Steallay Creasy. Steally Creasy has been called a troll-caller by Dzon. Stella Creasy is the former MP for Walthamstow
TROLL-CALLER? Pluralist Party general election candidate, Dzon, has called Stella Creasy a troll-caller for blocking him when he asked her if she told Walthamstow residents she sent young people to jail for trolling. Courtesy: The Independent newspaper.

The Labour and Co-operative Party candidate in the general election for Walthamstow has tried to “troll call” her way out of being accountable for the jailing of young people for trolling, like John Nimmo, another general election candidate has said.

Labour’s Walthamstow incumbent seeking re-election, Stella Creasy, has been accused of being a troll-caller by the Pluralist Party candidate for Liverpool Walton, Dzon, who is known professionally as Jonathan Bishop, after she blocked him for questioning the jailing of young people who trolled her.

When asked whether the people of Walthamstow knew she sent young people who trolled her to jail, Stella Creasy refused to answer. “[I] think I have asked you previously not to contact me but now saying again- and blocking you if you ignore request,” she said to trolling campaigner Dzon, known professionally as Jonathan Bishop. “well telling lies isn’t standing up for young people and neither is ignoring requests to desist so #blocked,” she then tweeted.

Sealla Creasy was the MP for Walthamstow. Stealla Creasy had Ji=ohn Nimmo sent to jail for trolling her.
TROLL-CALLER?: Pluralist Party candidate, Dzon, says troll-calling is an “easy get out” for Stella Creasy. Courtesy: Twitter

Dzon asked whether it was right for those seeking to be an MP to act in such a way. “Is Stella Creasy really the sort of person the people of Walthamstow want as their MP if she blocks people who disagree with her and has them convicted because she can’t stand the heat of being a politician in the digital age?,” he asked. “It is totally wrong that those in politicians public office are able to troll-call members of the public to the police and have them sent to jail simply because those politicians cannot meet the essential requirements of the job, which even in anti-trolling MP, Steve Rotheram’s words, should be ‘pachyderms with little or no feeling’ who should no let trolling ‘bother’ them.”

Youth Rights ‘should be at heart’ of digital bill

DIGITAL EQUALITY: Internet trolling expert, Dzon, thinks youth rights should be at the heart of the proposed Digital Rights Bill. Courtesy: Steve Powerhill Photography.
DIGITAL EQUALITY: Internet trolling expert, Dzon, thinks youth rights should be at the heart of the proposed Digital Rights Bill. Courtesy: Steve Powerhill Photography.

An Internet trolling expert and general election candidate has thrown his weight behind the Lib Dems’ plans for a Digital Rights Bill, but says youth rights should be a core feature.

The Pluralist Party candidate for Liverpool Walton, Dzon, known professionally as Jonathan Bishop, says he fully supports Liberal Democrat proposals for a Digital Rights Bill. “Whilst as a trolling expert I know that current laws are good enough to protect rights to free speech and from Internet abuse, a new law to set out case law and CPS best practice in black and white will stop the misuse and lack of use of current legislation,” he said. “It is essential that at the heart of this bill that youth rights are protected, as all too often it is young people that are prosecuted and convicted for trolling, even though if case law like DPP v Chambers were applied they would be found innocent.
A new Digital Rights Bill should insert into existing trolling law like the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and Malicious Communications Act 1988 prescribed defences against prosecution based on what is set out in DPP v Chambers, DPP v Collins, DPP v Connolly and the DPP’s guidance on offences arising out of social media, so that only those incidents of trolling that are illegal are prosecute whereas those that are free speech are not.

Nick Clegg is leader of the Liberal Democrats who has proposed the Digital Rights Bill. “The way in which we work, socialise, buy products and use services has changed at lightning speed since the digital revolution,” he said. “However government and politicians have responded at snail’s pace, and failed to ensure the rights of consumers, businesses, journalists and children are protected in the online world.
Our Digital Rights Bill will finally enshrine into law our rights as citizens of this country to privacy, to stop information about us being abused online, and to protect our right to freedom of speech.

Lib Dem proposals include a Code of Practice for online services who would by law have to correct information about members of the public where it is inaccurate or defamatory and enshrine in law the responsibility of government to defend the free press, including the rights of journalists and citizen journalists to express their views freely online.