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Understanding Online Harassment: Definitions, Ethics, and Prevention

October 20, 2016
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
GRB 310 B-C

Track: Human Computer Interaction
Type: Birds of a Feather
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Online harassment threatens to silence the voices of technology users—in particular, those of women and minorities. In this session, we will generate a community definition of what constitutes "online harassment." We will discuss the ethical responsibilities of researchers who study harassment. Finally, we consider the technological affordances that both enable and may help mitigate online abuse.


Lindsay Blackwell, PhD student, University of Michigan
Zahra Ashktorab, PhD student, University of Maryland, College Park
Katherine Lo, PhD student, University of California, Irvine
Liz Lee, Executive Director, Online SOS