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Day: 13 March 2014

Phone Hacking Trial: Brooks’ 70-year-old mother takes to the witness stand – Martin Hickman

Brooks and WeirDay 68, Part 1: Rebekah Brooks’s 70-year-old mother took the witness stand at the Old Bailey today to give evidence for her daughter.

Called by Mrs Brooks’s legal team, Deborah Weir said that her daughter’s PA Cheryl Carter had not arrived with any boxes when she visited the Brooks’s home in the Cotswolds at the height of the phone hacking scandal. Continue reading

Cyber News Down Under: The Antipodean Troll, a different kind of species? – Tom Double

Charlotte DawsonWhat a tragedy it is that it requires another suicide to regenerate widespread interest in cyberbullying, the phenomenon that has become the scourge of the internet age. Charlotte Dawson, the New Zealand–Australian television personality, recently took her own life following a lengthy battle against anonymous Twitter trolls, which has precipitated calls for tougher anti-cyberbullying legislation in Australia  (see and sign here).  Continue reading

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