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What is Defamation

Encyclopedia of Information Communication Technologies and Adult Education Integration
Injury to the reputation of another (through slander or libel).
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Staying Legal and Ethical in Global E-Learning Course and Training Developments: An Exploration
Shalin Hai-Jew (Kansas State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-906-0.ch058
In global e-learning, a mix of laws, policies, and professional practices informs the work environment. While legal issues may be addressed at the institutional level through the important work of legal counsel (university lawyers) and administrators, line-level faculty and staff have responsibilities to uphold and adhere to a variety of laws, ethical principles, policies, and “best practices” for staying legal.
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Legal Issues Associated with Emerging Social Interaction Technologies
A published false statement harmful to the interests of another (Restatement, 1977, § 623A). Defamation is a tort (a civil wrong) for which the victim may bring a lawsuit against the defamer to recover damages suffered as a result of the defamatory comments.
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Educating the Public to Combat Online Defamation, Doxing, and Impersonation
Defamation against an individual involves the communication of one or more false statements that harm the individual’s reputation.
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