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Last-Modified: 1999/03/30

Source & Copyright: Toronto Star,  March 22, 1999 (D4)

Internet can target women, forum told
By Tanya Ho, Staff Reporter


[...]

Speaker Ken McVay, a member of the Vancouver police
department for 19 years, said advocacy groups are also
guilty of apathy in response to cyberhate.

In 1995, McVay came across an Edmonton man's Web site that
targeted homosexuals. After contacting a Toronto advocacy
group in July, 1997, and a gay advocacy group in the fall of
1997, McVay said he's still waiting for a response.

Silence welcomes hate crimes, he said.

"Unfortunately, hate is a marginalized issue," said McVay,
stressing that a collective powerful voice of millions
opposing Internet hate is absent.

[...]

Transcription note:

Mr. McVay is not a member of the Vancouver Police
Department, and never has been. The reporter apparently
confused Mr. McVay's bio with that of another man, whose
biographic information was above McVay's in the conference
press handouts; the other man is a police officer.

The homophobic material which concerned McVay was not found
on a web site, but within a series of UseNet news articles
posted by an Edmonton man over a period of several years.


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