At Traverse Internet Law we face off against the likes of the ACLU, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Citizen often. These groups provide free lawyers to crooks and scofflaws and miscreants when they are caught in all kinds of, shall we say, compromising situations. Now we have a new entry.
Thanks to Harvard and its Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the Legal Assistance Network for Online Journalists has just launched. Basically, it offers pro bono (free) lawyers to defend citizen journalists and tries to maintain anonymity for the scofflaws who attack the reputations of others by publishing lies. Their press release calls it a "legal safety net" for online "journalists" (which is just about anyone these days who has a blog or comments online).
Does anyone care about building a "legal safety net" for the families and small businesses of America? Doesn't look that way. At traverse Internet Law we see the pain and hardship and helplessness every day. And for most, there is no safety net to catch their collapsing fortunes brought about by the publication of online attacks and lies from the very people these groups protect.