That's where I'm coming from, too. And the centralized power I worry about in this context is the 8 (or so) communications-industry multinationals who control most of the free world's radio, TV (both free and paid), movies and music, phone service, Internet, and even (what's left of) book and newspaper publishing. These are names like AT&T, Comcast/NBC Universal/Univision, CBS/Columbia, Disney/ABC, Verizon/AOL, Google Fiber, and Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile.
You can expect all these industries to get more and more regulated because those companies have already captured the regulators and can use it to keep new competition out. Indeed, we may soon need some alternative, such as a resurrected FidoNet, to continue exchanging traffic once the giants decide that you and I should no longer be allowed to compete with them as content providers.
So long as there are unmoderated or lightly moderated platforms, doxxing will exist. Whatever solution emerges will have to be much broader than Twitter or even the Internet. I predict it will boil down to some combination of (1) people learning to better protect the data that makes them vulnerable, and (2) discrimination laws that stop employers or landlords from kicking you out for reasons that are none of their business. (Which will only be enforceable by requiring authorities to sign off on every firing and every eviction, as they already do in some places.)
As far as SWATting, that is a much more serious problem and the authorities need to deal with it directly -- both by making false police reports a felony if someone gets hurt, and by changing police ROE so that SWAT teams don't rush out, blast everyone in sight, and ask questions later just because of one phone call. This dovetails with the broader problem that too many local governments have SWAT teams and are too willing to use them in cases that don't justify the use of deadly force.
He or someone else could repeat his performance - get up on stage in Canada for an unrelated matter, instead go on a long rant calling Jews a disease and praising Hitler for genocide, double down on the claims to reporters after - and they won't be charged.
I doubt that prediction. Laws like this are what cops use to give a hard time to people they disagree with. If you can afford a good lawyer you'll probably beat the rap - but by then you'll have lost your job, marriage, kids, home, and retirement savings, with no way to get any of them back.
This is a good example of why loser-pays is needed, and needs to be good against government.
Up to about 1970, everyone knew that the safest car was "a Sherman tank" -- the car with the most solid frame possible, such as a Volvo of that era, so that if you and someone else collided, your car would probably leave the scene undamaged, and of course so would you.
Then the government started forcing fuel-economy requirements, and with them came stupid ideas such as "crumple zones." Crumple zones don't really protect the people inside the car that crumples. The real explanation is that NHTSA had decided, in secret, that it was a bad idea to let any driver have a vehicle so solid that he can be confident a collision won't cost him anything. So ever since, they've been forcing us to accept cars made mostly of plastic and other crap instead of solid, heavy metal.
It's time that the public began to fight back by retrofitting cars to be safe again after we buy them, or by keeping old cars in commission or both. Especially if it will also allow us to avoid having black boxes logging our actions for government to snoop on.
It's absolutely rightful for a driver who has the right of way to be capable of bullying those who might violate it.
There used to be legal principles, champerty and maintenance, that forbade third parties from financing lawsuits. But the courts have pretty much abandoned those two principles, and I think they were right -- it's simply too unfair to allow one side of a lawsuit, but not the other, to seek outside help.
What Techdirt and other media can constructively do is to seek to unmask such donors, as early as possible, so that if they are (or own) companies, the public can respond by giving them more or less business.
In the judge's shoes, I would rule that Section 230 protects the posting of the images themselves (unless it were shown that they pose an ongoing danger to someone's health or life, which would justify a takedown order). But even if posting the images and information is legal, requiring a payment to take them down is blackmail, and Bollaert should go to prison for that crime. 18 years seems overboard, though. Two or three years should be enough to deter this crime.
Don't get me wrong, I would prefer doxing someone without cause to be more broadly illegal, but that would require constitutional change. The 1st Amendment forbids it.
The law ought to require that every system that allows this type of purchase, also enable the device owner to password-protect against ANY purchase. The problem is not just Amazon; it's Android, iOS, and probably all their competitors and most of the apps on them. I've also experienced it with Dish Network. A system set up in the hope of causing accidental purchases is a case of open-and-shut fraud.