online harassment

  • Lady Gaga’s mom urges tech community to fight online harassment

    Lady Gaga’s mom urges tech community to fight online harassment

    Online harassment is no good. Unfortunately, 40 percent of all people on the internet report experiencing some form of harassment online and 70 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 24 have been targeted, according to Pew Research Center. “A young person who was being bullied a few generations ago could escape the abuse by going home,” Cynthia Germanotta, Lady Gaga’s… Read More

  • Anti-Reddit platform Imzy partners with Lena Dunham to build online community for Lenny Letter

    Anti-Reddit platform Imzy partners with Lena Dunham to build online community for Lenny Letter

    It’s no secret that Reddit isn’t the best place on the Internet. In fact, its name has become synonymous with hate speech, racism, sexism and other terrible things. So, maybe getting let go from Reddit was a blessing in disguise for Dan McComas, the former SVP of product at Reddit. Since leaving Reddit, McComas has built Imzy, which aims to be a platform for healthy communities… Read More

  • Controversial people-rating app Peeple goes live, has a plan to profit from users’ negative reviews

    Controversial people-rating app Peeple goes live, has a plan to profit from users’ negative reviews

    Peeple, the controversial people-rating application that lets its users rate and review anyone, is not a hoax or vaporware, as many suspected following the media backlash surrounding the unveiling of the company’s intentions last fall. The Washington Post even called the app “terrifying,” given that the app didn’t plan to allow users to opt out of being reviewed… Read More

  • Dropping Protections For Internet Platforms Will Result In Greater Harm Crunch Network

    Dropping Protections For Internet Platforms Will Result In Greater Harm

    Online harassment is a serious problem for every member of the online community, including companies like Change.org. While the majority of petitions are deeply inspiring stories of people power, we occasionally get a sobering reminder of the worst of the Internet when we see petitions calling for acts of suicide, or petitions used by students to bully their classmates. We also hear… Read More

  • The Rise Of Female Hackers For Good Crunch Network

    The Rise Of Female Hackers For Good

    On May 23, 2015, hackers from 19 countries gathered online and in person for Femhack, a grassroots international feminist hackathon inspired by the life and work of Sabeen Mahmud. Passionate about civic technology, Mahmud started Pakistan’s first hackathon. Her efforts were not without controversy, and Mahmud paid for her activism with her life in April 2015. Read More

  • Twitter Makes Tweaks To Limit Abuse And Abusers

    Twitter Makes Tweaks To Limit Abuse And Abusers

    Twitter has today announced some product and policy changes aimed at better tackling violent threats and abuse on its platform. The problem of the mainstream social network being misappropriated as an amplification medium for minority hate groups to — for instance — spread jihadist terrorist sentiments and propaganda, or harass and threaten women with messages of violent misogyny… Read More

  • #Gamergate Shows Tech Needs Far Better Algorithms

    #Gamergate Shows Tech Needs Far Better Algorithms

    If Gamergate teaches us anything — beyond, of course, vastly obvious observations about the toxicity of certain Internet demographics (which is hardly new news) — it’s that algorithms and formulaic behaviour can and are being gamed. Read More