Cecilia Kang on the case of Kurt Eichenwald, a well-known journalist who has epilepsy, and had his illness attacked online by a tweet with a GIF:
The unusual case has shown how online tools can be deployed as weapons capable of physical harm. The F.B.I. and the Dallas police led the investigation into Mr. Rivello, and the police said he sent the strobe light knowing that it was likely to lead Mr. Eichenwald, who has publicly discussed his epilepsy, into a seizure.
Steven Lieberman, Mr. Eichenwald’s lawyer, has argued that the use of the strobe light in a GIF, or moving graphic, was akin to sending an explosive or poison in the mail.
What an insanely terrifying form of digital terrorism.Read more...