This article starts by defining stalking in general, which is when an individual secretly tracks the movement of another individual(s). Thus, cyberstalking is the kind of behavior in which certain forms of stalking-related activities happen in the online world instead of the physical world. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between cyberstalking and harassment crimes in cyberspace.
The authors than explain the Amy Boyer cyberstalking case. Amy Boyer was stalked by a man on the internet, who ended up murdering her. This man, Liam Youens, was stalking Amy by using several online tools that are available to every Internet user. Youens had created two web pages: on one he posted personal information and a picture on Amy, on the other he explained in details his plans to murder Amy.
This article discusses the moral responsibility in the Amy Boyer case. For one the moral responsibility of the Internet Service Providers, should they be held morally accountable, and the other issue discussed here is if there is a moral responsibility of internet users that see that there is a death threat out there, inform the person that is threated. This article refers to two different opinions, the Spinello view and the Vedder argument to answer the question if Internet providers should be held morally accountable for intolerable behavior that occurs on their forums. Spinello believes that ISPs should be held morally accountable in cases involving defamation, if they fail to take certain actions once they are informed that a victim has been defamed. These three steps contain immediate removal of the offensive comments, the issuance of a withdrawal on behalf of the victim and the initiation of a good faith effort to track down the originator so that this wont happen again.
Anton Velder also thinks ISPs should be held morally responsible for harm caused to persons. He argues that if an agent can be held responsible for prospective sense, than that agent has to be also held...