It’s getting kind of…dicey. Rethinking risk for journalists

IN THE HEADLINES

  • A UNESCO panel at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women reported that both online and offline attacks on women journalists are on the rise.
  • The Committee to Protect Journalists spoke to a dozen sources for this report on the dangers journalists (and their families) face offline when they report on white supremacists, often without digital security support.
  • For your #weekendreading: Amnesty International has issued a new report, Toxic Twitter – A Toxic Place for Women. Broken into eight interactive chapters, it’s a worthwhile, in-depth read.
  • Yes! We can feel it…Female politicians in Scotland call on Twitter to curtail attacks on women.
  • And Fast Company has two rich reads for you: their cover story, “DId We Create This Monster? How Twitter Turned Toxic” and “19 Ways Twitter Can Make Itself Safer Right Now.” The first looked at how the company’s ethos of free speech enabled trolls to thrive on the platform (with some help from lack of internal clarity and insufficient resources to combat trolls and bots). The second presented experts’ suggestions on pragmatic actions Twitter could take to reduce the degree to which it facilitates abuse.
  • The Michigan House moves to criminalize cyberbullying. Will the Michigan Senate take up the bill? A close look at the legislation.

 

POLL: Does your newsroom have a policy to deal with online harassment of reporters?

 

 

Yes

 

 

No

 

 

Not sure

 

TROLLBUSTERS IN THE NEWS

Michelle Ferrier speaks about online harassment on a panel at ONA in September 2015.

WATCH this ONA keynote featuring Michelle Ferrier and others. [September, 2015]

ON YOUR TO-DO LIST

Stay Safe Online

If you haven’t checked on the security of your personal information in awhile, take a moment to to safeguard against online abuse using TrollBusters’ digital hygiene course.

Then, check out these other great resources on the web.

  • This free MOOC on edX will teach you to “think like a hacker but behave as a security expert.”
  • Or, check out VAWnet, an online library of resources on gender-based violence.

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