In case the name does not ring any bells, it suffices to say that Matt Couloute is one of the most famous attorneys in the United States. His fame was not, as some may consider, brought by the recent scandals caused by the affair allegations of two women, but rather from the professional manner in which he has handled quite a few delicate and complex cases. Moreover, his major clients include some of the most famous football teams in the NFL and Couloute was even appointed the vice-presidency of the counseling department. However, the inspiration to found the Save Cyberspace campaign is assumed to be related to the aforementioned affair allegations.
In short, the image of Matthew Couloute was severely afflicted when two of his former girlfriends, namely Stacey Blitsch and Amanda Ryncarz posted defaming statements on a specialty website that features negative comments regarding ex relationship partners. Matt Couloute denied the allegations, which were vague, resentful and without stating any information regarding the time or the circumstances when the assumed affairs took place. At the same time, it is necessary to point out that the website does not make it its business to verify whether the statements posted are true or simple fabrications of individuals who leave a relationship holding a grudge.
As of such, Matthew Couloute understood that his case is not singular and there are probably thousands and thousands of people who suffer grave injustices on the World Wide Web every day. The campaign, which was dubbed save cyberspace for obvious reasons, pledges to expose cyber-bullies and cyber-paths and bring them to justice for their offenses. The organization, which was founded in 2012 is non-profit and its sole purpose is the transformation of the current online environment towards a place in which people can feel safe.
It is necessary to understand that Matt Couloute’s non-profit organization does not aim to censor the freedom of speech on the internet. There is a certain point up to which any individual is free to share his opinions, thoughts or ideas openly across the web. However, certain people, referred to as cyber-bullies or cyber-paths abuse their freedom of speech in the detriment of others, causing them emotional harm, inducing false sensations of guilt or damaging their image to no other end but their personal satisfaction. The category most vulnerable to these actions are children and teenagers who did not yet develop an establish self-image or suffer from low self-esteem.
Matthew Couloute and his organization pointed out several cases of cyber abuse and the need to regulate the harmful actions in the future. At the same time, statistics in growing suicide rates among teenagers as results of cyber abuse speak for themselves regarding the necessity of preventing this type of online conduct. All of the online content, whether positive or negative, genuine or false is virtually permanent and there are no known ways to completely remove it. Therefore, the only sensible course of action implies educating the people regarding the importance of taking responsibility for their posts and the sanctions that apply when they do not.