The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women

An estimated 65.5 percent of women politicians have been subjected to violent, sexualized threats and hate speech. This daily hostility is designed to threaten women’s freedom of speech and their civic and political participation. Women risk their dignity, privacy, and safety, and the dignity, privacy, and safety of their families, when they run for or serve in public office. They are threatened with rape and death threats and barraged by pornography and more. What does this mean for the women running in 2018 and 2020? 

This panel, representing industry and policy experts in the field of online harassment, will take measure of the scope of the problem, discuss its costs and consequences, and explore institutional responses across political lines and from within technology platforms.  How, we’ll ask, should ‘business-as-usual’ campaigns and platforms change to address the outsize additional risks women take when they run for office and serve in public roles?

Panelists Include:
Catherine Buni
Soraya Chemaly

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