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Lady Gaga’s mom urges tech community to fight online harassment — TechCrunch

Online harassment is no good. Unfortunately, 40 percent of all people on the Internet report experiencing some form of harassment online and 70 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 24 have been targeted, according to Pew Research Center. “A young person who was being bullied a few generations ago could escape the…

via Lady Gaga’s mom urges tech community to fight online harassment — TechCrunch

3 ways startups are fighting for digital and physical security — TechCrunch

Internet accessibility for all people, of all ages and in all places has unleashed unprecedented resources and opportunities. It also unlocked our digital and physical security. The sacrifice of safety is an unintended consequence of the Internet age. Can the tools that caused this vulnerability be reappropriated to make us safer? Read More

via 3 ways startups are fighting for digital and physical security — TechCrunch

Tactical Technology educates women’s rights advocates on online safety — TechCrunch

Progressive women’s advocates doing controversial work are often at risk of physical violence and online harassment because of their online presence. In order to help those advocates navigate social media safely, Tactical Technology launched to ensure that, in an increasingly digital age, they don’t end up more vulnerable than ever. “For some women who are politically… Read More

via Tactical Technology educates women’s rights advocates on online safety — TechCrunch

My Ex-Boyfriend Leaking Nude Pictures of Me Changed Who I Am—Forever

“We focus so much on our differences, and that is creating, I think, a lot of chaos and negativity and bullying in the world. And I think if everybody focused on what we all have in common – which is – we all want to be happy.” – Ellen DeGeneres

TIME

In 2008, there were no words for what happened to me. Today we call what happened to Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities—the public nonconsensual distribution of sexually explicit photos—revenge porn or cyber bullying or online harassment. I wasn’t naive. I’d been slut-shamed before. But I never considered that people would think my willingness to talk about sexuality precluded me from the expectation of privacy.

I was in my third year at Harvard, when an ex-boyfriend posted a gallery of nude photos he had taken of me eight months earlier. IvyGate, “an Ivy League blog covering news, gossip, sex, and sports,” picked up the story first, which would later become one of the site’s most popular posts. At the time, I was already in the press for writing what some described as a “sex blog” and it made me well known enough within a certain community—overachieving teenage girls, other Ivy…

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