Zoe Williams for the Guardian does a very nice thing in spelling out Trolling on the internet while making us aware of an ammendment to Britains defamation laws to include the identification of Trolls by British ISPs. It says something that this bill is in fact “not controversial”.
ISPs can avoid liability for defamation by agreeing to sign up to expose the information of trolls on their networks. There is a demonstration of harm requirement that has to be met before the information is given. Given the clearly stringent and reserved nature the existing laws and their use in the attacks by the British Chiropractic Association on responsible science journalism, this is not wholly reassuring.