In this roundup: Daring women, depressing stats and the history of online harassment and abuse.
- Amnesty International recently released a report on women’s experiences with online abuse. They polled 4,000 women across eight countries. Twenty-three percent of those surveyed reported experiencing online harassment. Explore the findings.
- In their Winter issue, Columbia Journalism Review explores doing journalism while female and the perils of work online.
- In good news, Anita Sarkeesian, the founder of Feminist Frequency and creator of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, is starting a new video series and a book co-written with Ebony Adams, about daring women in history. The book is slated for October, but you can already enjoy episodes of The FREQ Show on YouTube.
- And, if you need an explainer on how we got here, this oldie-but-goodie from Time Magazine on How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet is a meaty analysis of online abuse.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has launched the Safety of Female Journalists Online or #SOFJO to raise awareness of online violence and abuse. TrollBusters is working with OSCE to provide critical global knowledge and digital safety recommendations for journalists, policymakers and media management. This recent OSCE video explains the urgency of our work.
WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP
We’re Building Our Tribe!
Several luminaries will be joining our new advisory board as we strategize about how best to serve you: Elisa Lees Munoz, executive director of the International Women’s Media Foundation, Sandra Ordonez, head of communications and outreach for the Open Internet Tools Project at New America; Geneva Overholser, a senior fellow at the Democracy Fund and former board member for the Pulitzer Prizes; Alexandra Pascalidou, a Greek-Swedish journalist, human rights-activist, playwright and actress; Francine Hardaway, co-founder of Stealthmode Partners, a consultancy advising entrepreneurs; Harlo Holmes, director of Newsroom Digital Security at the Freedom of the Press Foundation; and Hannah Storm, director of the International News Safety Institute. A warm welcome to our new board members!
IN THE REPLAY
WATCH AS TROLLBUSTERS FOUNDER Dr. Michelle Ferrier shares how she came to create TrollBusters. [November 30, 2015]