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Rapid Internet Justice

An interesting thread about Rapid Internet Justice. Short version: someone uses online forums to target people to steal auto parts. The community serves as detective and solves the case. In this instance, it appears the right person is identified, but I’ve also seen online communities exhibit “mob mentality”. This story has a strong positive message – the ability of a community to do the detective work police were not able to do (or interested in doing). On the negative side: the checks (or is it cheques? :) ) and balances that form established societies are lacking. We are re-creating our physical societal rules for the online environment. The ideals that should serve as a foundation are not yet defined…