I have just been sent a link to a story of how “Anonymous”, whoever or whatever they are, “solved” a particularly nasty case of gang rape and cyber-bullying leading to suicide inside two hours after the RCMP had got no-where in year. The case raises many issues from how police investigations should be conducted in the Internet Age through to the evidential quality, if any, of material that is widely circulated and believed.
I raised some of these when I last blogged on “Justice in the Internet Age” . This case puts them into a much bleaker context – including the duties and responsibilities of those outside the justice system. The case between Lord McAlpine and Sally Bercow is also apposite. How could/should we differentiate between the gossipers of Twitter and the e-vigilantes of Anonymous?