Why Naming Online Harassment Accurately Matters

Posted by Bailey Poland on Apr 11, 2016 in Internet Policy, Online Harassment
Why Naming Online Harassment Accurately Matters

“Online harassment” covers a complex range of tactics. Using the right words to describe them is vitally important to understanding the problem.

How a Group of Online Misogynists Tried to Ruin My Professional Life

Posted by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2016 in Cross-Platform Harassment, Internet Policy, Online Harassment
How a Group of Online Misogynists Tried to Ruin My Professional Life

Social media’s network effect is often used in coordinated ways to try and destroy a target’s ability to work.

Why Social Media Companies Aren’t Liable for Abuse on Their Platforms

Posted by Arthur Chu on Mar 18, 2016 in Internet Policy, Online Harassment
Why Social Media Companies Aren’t Liable for Abuse on Their Platforms

When policymakers decided to be “neutral” and let the logic of the market and human nature take its course, they inevitably empowered the worst actors at the expense of everyone else.

Why Online Anonymity is Critical for Women

Posted by Sara Baker on Mar 11, 2016 in Internet Policy, Online Harassment
Why Online Anonymity is Critical for Women

When it comes to online violence against women, anonymity is a tricky subject. While many people think anonymity is to blame for widespread Internet harassment, anonymity is also a valuable aspect of being able to participate equally online.

Technology Abuse: It’s Still About Power & Control

Technology Abuse: It’s Still About Power & Control

While anonymously perpetrated online abuse is common, in many cases, the perpetrator is someone the victim knows, and often, the harassment is a tactic of ongoing abuse. Perpetrators often pose serious dangers to victims in “real” life, a fact often minimized by a stranger-danger media narrative.

When Online Harassment is Cross-Platform, There’s Nowhere to Turn

When Online Harassment is Cross-Platform, There’s Nowhere to Turn

These are everyday people, engaging in everyday harassment to build social capital. And they don’t limit themselves to one part of the internet or another.

Social Norms, Not Tech, Fuel Abuse

Posted by Jacqueline Wernimont, Ph.D. on Feb 11, 2016 in Freedom of Speech, Gender-Based Violence, Online Harassment
Social Norms, Not Tech, Fuel Abuse

Online violences are diverse but they have in common harm and constraint. They seek to limit the kinds of lives that women and feminists can live on- and offline. They punish those who push against that constraint with threats of financial and identity theft and with promises of physical violence.

10 Must-Read Books About Online Harassment and Free Speech

Posted by Soraya Chemaly on Feb 11, 2016 in Civil Rights, Freedom of Speech, Online Harassment
10 Must-Read Books About Online Harassment and Free Speech

Interested in what experts think online harassment, as a socio-technical phenomenon, is all about? We’ve compiled a list of some of the best books, covering free speech, legal issues, social realities and more, about the topic.