Developing Strategies to Counter Online Abuse
We are excited to host a panel of experts this Wednesday, talking about strategies for making the Internet more gender-inclusive and countering online harassment and abuse.
Toward a Gender-Inclusive Internet: Strategies to Counter Harassment, Revenge Porn, Threats, and Online Abuse
Wednesday, April 27; 4:10-5:30 pm
202 South Hall, Berkeley, CA
Open to the public; Livestream available
These are experts and practitioners in law, journalism and technology with an interest in the problem of online harassment. And more importantly, they’re all involved with ongoing concrete approaches to push back against this problem (see, for example, Activate Your Squad and Block Together). While raising awareness about online harassment and understanding the causes and implications remains important, we have reached the point where we can work on direct countermeasures.
The Center for Technology, Society & Policy intends to fund work in this area, which we believe is essential for the future of the Internet and its use for digital citizenship. We encourage students, civil society and industry to identify productive collaborations. These might include:
- hosting a hackathon for developing moderation or anti-harassment tools
- drafting model legislation to address revenge porn while maintaining support for free expression
- standardizing block lists or other tools for collaboratively filtering out abuse
- meeting in reading groups, support groups or discussion groups (sometimes beer and pizza can go a long way)
- conducting user research and needs assessments for different groups that encounter online harassment in different ways
- Moderating Harassment in Twitter with Blockbots, from Stuart Geiger
- Reviewing Danielle Citron’s Hate Crimes in Cyberspace, from Richmond Wong
- A virtual/in-person reading group on garbage, hate and harassment