TrollGate: Taking On Cyber Harassment

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Gender based abuse is pretty common online. A considerable number of women face abuse on a daily basis, and a significant number of them have publicly contemplated deleting their social media accounts. For instance, in the case of academic and journalist Sarah Kendzior, the situation quickly escalated to her children receiving threats, forcing her to go offline for sometime. She is one of the many women who have faced similar problems. In this session, we hope to discuss the security and safety methods that can be deployed to help counter online harassment. More importantly, we would like to discuss ways in which counter speech can work in countering abuse online. The session will include civil rights activists, technologists, and company representatives (e.g. Twitter) to talk about tackling gender based violence online. #TrollGate is a take on #Gamergate, widely known as a harassment campaign against women in the video game industry. Ironically, the women had started #gamergate to start a discussion around sexism in video game culture.

#TrollGate: Taking On Cyber Harassment
Presenter/s Wafa Ben Hassine, EFF Sana Saleem, Bolo Bhi Leila Nachawati Rego, APC
Bio/s Sana Saleem is a freelance journalist, researcher, rights advocate and public policy consultant. She has written for Dawn, The Guardian and have been a part of Global Voices for the past five years. At Bolo Bhi, she's he co-founder and director,focusing on surveillance, privacy, gender and ICTs. She os also on the advisory board for The Courage Foundation -- Edward Snowden's Legal Fund -- seeking protection for whistleblowers around the world and protecting journalistic sources. With gender, she has worked on, highlighting issues both as a journalist and a rights advocate. Her journalism work focuses heavily on Social Justice issues, mainly gender and religious persecution. At Bolo Bhi, the work she does focuses on campaigning for privacy, training on digital security and ICTs for gender rights. In 2012, she was listed among Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers for her work on free speech in Pakistan and was recently recognised for her work on #BBC100 women of 2014. Shefinished working on producing a TV show, in Pakistan with viewership of 22 million, that focused on ICTs, internet censorship, surveillance and ICT for Development.
Language English

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