chapter  11
18 Pages

Participation on the Internet

ByAlisdair A. Gillespie

This chapter considers how the law applies to participation that occurs on, or facilitated by, the internet. The internet is a global network of computers which makes instantaneous communication possible throughout the world. The internet allows for people to communicate and act in concert even though they are physically located thousands of miles apart, which clearly raises issues in terms of criminal liability for participation as a result of the actions of others. The abuse that compels someone to commit suicide should not be minimised but due to limitations of space this chapter will be limited to the more conventional forms of cybersuicide presented. The fact that the simple creation of a website could potentially lead to culpability does raise potential human rights issues which should be at least summarised. This chapter has concentrated on two examples of behaviour that demonstrate that the internet can raise issues of complicity.