“Civil rights protections are as necessary in virtual spaces as in physical ones,” argue Danielle Citron and Mary Anne Franks.
“Our current historical moment has dissolved the fragile boundary between our offline and online lives. It is clearer than ever that civil rights and liberties must be protected as robustly in virtual spaces as they are in physical spaces,” they write. “This can only be accomplished if the custodians of those spaces take responsibility for the civil rights violations that flourish on their watch. The administrators of our virtual schools, workplaces, and public accommodations must take measures to prohibit and prevent discrimination and abuse in their spaces. There are no civil rights without cyber civil rights.”