One of the unfortunate experiences of online encounters is harassment and abuse from followers and “friends”. According to a recent report by the Data & Society Research Institute and Center for Innovative Public Health Research found that close to 50% of all American have experience some sort of online harassment or abuse. In their report, the researchers broke online harassment into three categories:
- digital harassment (e.g. being called offensive names)
- invasion of privacy (e.g. being hacked or impersonated)
- denial of access (e.g. technical attacks that overwhelm a device, site, server or platform and prevent access)
The researchers, in their findings, noted that although every online experience can result in harassment for everyone, sexual minorities, women and black and young Americans were most susceptible to abuse. As a result, these groups are more likely to censor what they post online.
Based on the findings and our individual online experiences, what are the implications, if any, for us as an organization and our various projects (e.g. Vialogues, Rhizr)?
I've attached the full report.