Nathan Matias on Developing Effective Citizen Responses to Discrimination and Harassment Online

February 26th, 2016

Discrimination and harassment have been persistent problems since the earliest days of the social web. As platforms and legislators continue to debate and engineer responses, most of the burden of dealing with online discrimination and harassment has been borne by the online citizens who experience and respond to these problems.

How can everyday Internet citizens make sense of social problems online, including our own racist and sexist behavior? How can we support each other and cooperate towards change in meaningful, effective ways? And how can we know that our interventions are making a difference?

Nathan Matias — MIT PhD candidate and Berkman Fellow — shares four years of research and design interventions aimed at expanding the power of citizens to understand and develop effective responses to discrimination and harassment online.

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  • 1. Mihai Pintilie  |  February 28th, 2016 at 7:11 am

    I find it very difficult to implement something like this. Problems such as discrimination and harassment are not specific to the online world. They are part of our lives, our real lives. They just moved online with the technology. It’s like creating an ideal world and I guess it’s nearly impossible.

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