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Stodgy old courts? Tweet that.

It is often said governments and courts and the law do not and cannot keep up with developments in technology.

It's still a big debate about how the legal system can and should handling the emerging legal issues on the Internet including copyright infringement, libel and impersonation.

But a judge on the British High Court has taken a huge step forward on the subject by ordering an injunction be issued via Twitter to a person who is impersonating a right wing blogger.

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Without being able to figure out who the Twitter-er actually is, the judge said the best way to reach them would be via Twitter.

So the next time the Twitter impersonator logs on they're going to get a message from the court to cease and desist.

It's an interesting and potentially groundbreaking move by a court to stop what I think is a very serious problem about the ease of being anonymous on the Internet.

As I wrote in my column a few weeks ago, just because you can be anonymous doesn't give you the right to break the law.

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About Mia Rabson

Mia Rabson is a born and bred Winnipegger whose interest in politics seemed clear when she dressed up as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for Halloween in the 7th grade.

Her interest in writing was no surprise to her parents, who learned early in Mia’s life that no piece of blank paper — or wall, for that matter — was safe in her hands.

She holds an honours BA in English from Queen’s University, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed a political journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Centre for Politics and Journalism.

Prior to working for the Winnipeg Free Press, Mia briefly worked for the Detroit News in the paper’s Washington bureau.

Mia joined the Free Press team in February 2001, and in April 2001 was appointed to the Manitoba legislature bureau. In December 2004, she was appointed bureau chief at the legislature. She became the newspaper’s parliamentary bureau chief/national reporter in Ottawa in January 2008.

In 2008 she was nominated for a Michener Award with a team of reporters from the Free Press for its coverage of the province’s child welfare system.

She counts reliving the invasion at Dieppe, France, with veterans of the failed Second World War expedition and overcoming her fear of heights to touch the Golden Boy statue atop the Legislative Building among her favourite experiences as a reporter.

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