Internet Hate Groups
For the first time in human history, we have the means to connect people from
every corner of the globe, to talk to each other and share information at a cost
that\'s far more affordable than any other means of publishing in the world.

There is nothing more powerful as the Internet or the World Wide Web that has
ever existed before. Hate is scary. By definition, "Hate is an intense
hostility and emotional aversion to someone or something. It is displayed with
words, harassment and/or acts of violence including killing." (Novick, para

4). Hate can be hidden from friends or family, but at other times it is bragged
about. Hatred can be motivated by the desire for political power, for the need
to put someone in their place, even by religious beliefs. The Internet seems to
have pushed all our buttons of paranoia, especially these days, when we\'re
already confused and frightened by all the violence and chaos in our world.

Preventing Internet Hate Crimes Controls and Mechanisms The first method is
rebuttal, a technique long used by the anti-censorship or anti-hate
organizations. "Rebuttal allows for the unrestricted dissemination of hate and
negates it by offering a more "insightful and historically accurate"
examination of political and social history." (Guide To Hate Groups, sound
clip).This method eliminates the question of censorship and the stigma of
governmental control. But it does not compensate for the real human pain of
having swastikas, ethnocentric messages, or racial caricatures on one’s
computer screen, nor does it keep children from accessing the hate sites without
understanding the true context of the debates. The second method is that of
moral , a tactic which has been successfully used by social activists and
interest groups throughout the 20th century. "Moral persuasion would shift the
responsibility of eliminating cyber-hate from the government to non-governmental
organizations, special interest groups, and social activists, avoiding the
problem of censorship and the inadequacy of the anti-hate laws."(Guide To Hate

Groups). Concerned individuals and organizations would consolidate and cooperate
in a social movement to increase public awareness and encourage economic
sanctions against the Internet service providers who offer access to hate
groups. Who Do We Blame? "The current problem of cyber-hate is not one of
technology, but rather one of public policy."(Censorship) The most common
means for any government to deal with this problem is either to modify existing
legislation or to introduce new, more inclusive anti-hate laws. But policy
makers have not acted quickly enough to modify existing legislation to deal
adequately with the capabilities of the Internet. Hate groups have gained a
formidable person on the Internet and cleaning up cyber-space will be difficult.

Blame policy, not technology Addressing Cyber Hate Crimes Expose It While some
governments already have laws limiting freedom of speech, and others contemplate
limiting what is allowed on the Internet, the culture of the Net has created its
own crusaders for free expression. Rather than consider censoring or banning Net
sites that concern them, they have, using their own time and money, begun
building Web pages to expose or contradict what they find repellent. Their
philosophy is simple, let the free marketplace of ideas decide what content is
acceptable. Advocating censorship of these groups is not the answer. It will do
no good to force them underground. Linking to information that contradicts
racism and anti-Semitism on the Net is the goal of other anti-hates sites which
use the communicative powers of the Web to show alternatives to the
hate-mongers\' sites. "In the free marketplace of ideas," they will
eventually make the "right choices." (Hate Crimes) Crack It The
cracking of Cyber Hate pages may represent an opening shot in a new way to wage
the war of information on the Net, now hackers can just deface Web pages they
don\'t like. "We may start to see opposing opinions begin to wage actual war in
the internet world. The hacker\'s attack bodes ill for the future of free
expression on the Internet." (Cyber Hate) Anti Cyber Hate Laws California\'s

Assembly Bill 295 This bill would expand obscenity and child pornography
statutes to prohibit transmission of images by computer. This basically covered
all sites dealing with the illegal use of picture of minors on the Internet.

California Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 1998, (Hate Crime Laws) The incidence
of violence motivated by the actual or perceived race, color, national origin,
religion, sexual orientation, gender, or disability of the victim poses a
serious problem. Such violence disrupts the tranquillity and safety of
communities and is deeply divisive. existing Federal law is inadequate to
address this problem, such violence affects interstate commerce. Free Speech Or

Not?