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Trolled Online, Women In Politics Fight To Hold Big Tech Accountable In The U.K.

The move in Europe to get tough on tech is partly thanks to an awakening that began with the experiences of women in politics.
Memorial event for Member of Parliament Jo Cox, of the Labour Party. Her murder by a man radicalized on the Internet prompted Parliament to examine digital threats to lawmakers, especially women in the United Kingdom. Source: Dan Kitwood

Lisa Cameron is a member of the British Parliament. She's also a victim, and survivor, of online trolls.

Cameron was new to politics in 2015, when she was elected in East Kilbride, Scotland. She'd been a clinical psychologist, a wife, a mom, and a trade union representative — the kind of political newcomer democracies want to run for office.

But the sludge of the Internet began to attack her — and not just for her policy stances. Her inbox, Facebook and Twitter accounts filled with insults about her appearance, rape fantasies, pictures of decapitated bodies, threats to her family, and anti-Semitic slurs (Cameron is Jewish).

Cameron's #metoo story — and those of her female colleagues in Parliament — has helped usher in a new

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