Internet Harassment and the Threat to Democratic Inclusion
This paper is a starting point for examining the ways in which racism and sexism transfer to new social and political spheres. By distilling most interaction to speech, the Internet offers a unique arena for addressing the exclusionary power of language. Discrimination often evades the legal efforts to regulate it precisely because it pervades society at a level deeper than political institutions. By framing Internet harassment as an unjust obstacle to political participation, we can more effectively target the ways in which underrepresented groups are disadvantaged in democratic deliberation and society in general.