Harassment is hardly a new concept. Now, more than ever, intimidation and harassment can exist on multiple media and affect people on a global scale. Gone are the days of an identifiable “playground bully,” for they have bought a computer and created an alias.
As Dan Gillmor states in his book “We the Media,” Ward Cunningham identifies a troll by, “their disengagement from a conversation or argument. They do not believe what they say, but merely say it for effect.”
While no one is “safe” on the Internet, online harassment of women gamers, contributors, and content-creators is pervasive and detrimental. This wiki will explore the modern day “troll,” the implications of provoking female content-creators, and the efforts to minimize harmful language in certain online-spaces.
In January 2015, Newsweek published an expose entitled “What the Silicon Valley Thinks of Women,” complete with a very graphic image on the cover of the issue. In August 2015, Julie Ann Horvath spoke candidly about her experiences with trolls at GitHub. Examples of harassment of women online have been, and continue to be, shared in mainstream media and yet the behavior continues.
The sections of this wiki will be categorized by topic, including:
- The "Dickwolves" Controversy: The first trolls: examples and accounts of trolling in the dawn of the Internet era
- Female content-creators: what the Internet really thinks of them, especially in reference to 'Gamergate.'
- Being a woman online, generally: how overstepping the boundaries can land you a front page spot on revenge porn websites.
Got a topic about online harassment worth sharing? Contribute a page, comment on existing content, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest content. Our aim is to spread awareness about how 'trolling' can shape experiences for women online and shed light on this organized cyber-crime.