Monday, October 13, 2014

(Series Piece 1) Anna Kavanaugh - Syndicated Columnist. Launch of Column - Cyber Abuse: The Virtual Violent Crime

By David Simms, Senior Contributor
The Global Institute for Cyber Safety and Standards

We are all quite excited to welcome the launch of our featured syndicated column brought to us by columnist Anna Kavanaugh, aptly called Cyber Abuse: The Virtual Violent Crime. We are now re-syndicating the first of several column series pieces written by Anna and syndicated prior to her joining of the GICSS. Following our run of her previously published weekly pieces, we will publish and syndicate Anna's continuing column forward. Anna's column is a brilliantly written and powerful series, the weight and expertise of which is easily recognised in the ace of her words as she puts a fine point of clarity on the complex and confusing crisis of cyber abuse. Anna's is a distinctive and ardent voice of expertise and wisdom in defining and describing what she rightly deems a global pandemic of virtual confusion whereby a societal breakdown of empathy and compassion confuse and pose serious threat to legal boundaries and civilised conduct. It is our honour to now present you with the following syndicated column. Comments are open for feedback and to encourage discussion.

Cyber Abuse: The Virtual Violent Crime. (Series Piece 1)
Written by Anna Kavanaugh, Syndicated Columnist 
Published for syndication by: The Global Institute for Cyber Safety and Standards (GICSS)

Recently, I enjoyed another of my routine marathon movie weekends, but this time with a twist. I found time to reflect on the profundity of the films I was revisiting, rather than skimming along the surface of the stories now naturally diluted in my familiarity with the scripts, actors and cinematic spectacles that films such as, “Braveheart,” “Troy,” “Gladiator,” and “The Passion of the Christ,” have given us. While these films may have been an unlikely catalyst, I suddenly found myself considering the pandemic of cyber-abuse through a lens I had not looked through before. The questions that have arisen for me are not ones I really want to ask, mostly because I fear the answers, but I more fear the consequences of failing to search for them. And so ask the questions, I will.