Anti-GamerGate Democrat Representative Katherine Clark has announced a new bill that aims to defeat “cybercrime” and increase digital “enforcement training” for police officers.
The bill was announced in a panel that discussed how law enforcement could more effectively “bring down online trolls” at SXSW last week.
$20 million per year would be spent under the “Cybercrime Enforcement Training Assistance Act” by training law enforcement to identify and prosecute “cyber criminals.” The funds would also be used to extradite these criminals inter-state.
Clark reportedly told The Verge that US law enforcement were dismissive on the priority of tackling “online harassment,” particularly concerning GamerGate, the consumer revolt movement against corrupt and unethical journalism which Clark often attempts to demonise.
“The FBI… clearly told us this was not a priority for them and that was a sentiment we have found to be a theme,” said Clark on the issue of the FBI’s lack of urgency to sort out a Twitter spat or sanction someone for criticising a game journalist or developer.
Clark also claimed that at least one “cultural expert” would need to be added into each police department.
After writing a letter to the FBI last year requesting a crackdown on GamerGate, the movement which she branded in the letter as an “intimidation campaign,” Clark has remained a figure of controversy and distrust. This aura has only been further cemented with her close friendship and ties to Brianna Wu, the anti-GamerGate activist who was caught asking people to post abuse on her Steam Greenlight page.
Clark’s threatening letter to the developers of the iPhone twitter-based trading-card game Stolen, which resulted in the game being pulled from the marketplace after painting the simple but popular game as “another tool to harass, bully, and intimidate,” has also not proved her popular among anyone but the authoritarian leftist clique in which she’s a member of.
The Cybercrime Enforcement Training Assistance Act would also issue another annual $4 million grant to create a resource center which would include data on how “cybercrime affects specific populations such as women, people of color, and the LGBT community.”
Charlie Nash is a frequent contributor to Breitbart Tech and former editor of the Squid Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @MrNashington.