How we lose a piece of democracy to online abuse and how to win it back.
While it’s widely recognized that online harassment is a threat to free speech, its chilling effects extend well beyond the media. Bad actors (aka abusers) use online harassment to threaten, silence and ultimately exclude people from conversation, activism, work, political or national discourse and institutions.
Trolling hasn’t peaked and we’re headed for another contentious election cycle. Can we turn things around? How a disturbing trend is sending society, security and democracy into the deep end.
Just over five years ago, Gamergate ushered in a new era of online harassment, manipulation and misinformation. The explosive campaign changed the way abusers staged attacks on individuals and empowered them to manipulate national conversations.
Online harassment continues to grow and evolve despite its broader recognition as a problem. New tactics of harassment regularly emerge and individuals, companies, organizations and legislators struggle to keep up. What does online harassment look like today? How did we get here? What can we do to collectively and collaboratively create better outcomes for targets of online harassment and reduce the number of future cases?
Online abuse and its causes or impacts take on many forms. To get a full picture of what’s happening, we need to look at everything from ultra-specific reports about online harassment to related stories on disinformation. Here are a few reports and resources we followed in the last twelve months — and the news stories we’re finding relevant...
In a booklet published to help journalists who face online harassment, the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji) writes, "By the investigative nature of his profession, the journalist is susceptible to criticism...But it’s important to separate criticism of work from insults to the person.” 1
Journalists are well aware of the precariousness and public nature of their profession; that their work is subject to public debate. However, they increasingly face a barrage of pers...
This International Women’s Day (and every day), we’d like recognize a few of those who have written about, researched, and spoken about online harassment. Many experienced online harassment themselves, yet prevailed, refusing to be silenced and, in fact, speaking about their own stories and supporting other targeted individuals. It’s important to note that this list isn’t a ranking and only a minuscule fraction of the number of individuals who have spoken out against online harassment and who...
IN 2017, GIVE A BEAT marched oN!
Give a Beat engages and activates the dance music community around mass incarceration in the United States. Thanks to your support, we bridge the dance music community with youth and families impacted by incarceration through DJ workshops, education, and advocacy. This year, we added one more important activity to the mix: mentoring.
On the broadest scale, Give a Beat educates the dance music community through activations at events and festivals across the cou...
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Since childhood, Kennedy Odede faced intolerable hardship, but he never let a bad draw undermine his determination to uplift both himself and his community. It’s not until you hear Mr. Odede speak that you can believe he holds such a positive and hopeful outlook on life. Together with his wife, Jessica Posner, Kennedy has grown Shining Hope for Communities into a powerhouse of change for Kenya’s largest slum and beyond. Last October they released their book Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and H...