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Bloody Wednesday in Dawson College - The Story of Kimveer Gill, or Why Should We Monitor Certain Websites to Prevent Murder

Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology, Vol. 2, No. 3, Article 1, December 2008

39 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2008 Last revised: 14 Jul 2012

Raphael Cohen-Almagor

University of Hull

Sharon Haleva-Amir

Bar Ilan University, School of Communication

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Date Written: December 19, 2008

Abstract

The article deals with the Dawson College Massacre, focusing on the story of Kimveer Gill, a 25-year-old man from Laval, Montreal who wished to murder young students in Dawson College. It is argued that the international community should continue working together to devise rules for monitoring specific Internet sites, as human lives are at stake. Preemptive measures could prevent the translation of murderous thoughts into murderous actions. Designated monitoring mechanisms of certain websites that promote violence and seek legitimacy as well as adherents to the actualization of murderous thoughts and hateful messages have a potential of preventing such unfortunate events. Our intention is to draw the attention of the multifaceted international community (law enforcement, governments, the business sector including Internet Service Providers, websites' administrators and owners as well as civil society groups) to the shared interest and need in developing monitoring schemes for certain websites, in order to prevent hideous crimes.

Keywords: internet monitoring, violent websites, Dawson College Massacre, Jokela High

JEL Classification: 700

Suggested Citation

Cohen-Almagor, Raphael and Haleva-Amir, Sharon, Bloody Wednesday in Dawson College - The Story of Kimveer Gill, or Why Should We Monitor Certain Websites to Prevent Murder (December 19, 2008). Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology, Vol. 2, No. 3, Article 1, December 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1318280

Raphael Cohen-Almagor (Contact Author)

University of Hull ( email )

Cottingham Road
Hull, Great Britain HU6 7RX
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.hull.ac.uk/rca

Sharon Haleva-Amir

Bar Ilan University, School of Communication ( email )

Ramat Gan
Israel

HOME PAGE: http://communication.biu.ac.il/

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