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If GamerGate and Wiki Harassment have taught us one thing, it’s that third-party trolls (who just like to see things get fucked up in general) will release the private information of anyone on any side of any public debate, just to watch the chaos that ensues. One way trollz facilitate this is through d0xxing, or worse, SWATing. Doxxing is the…

Anonymous Activism/Tor for Feminists

Feminists have been doing digital, anonymous media praxis for a long time. The internet affords us many great opportunities, but also a larger footprint should we want to stay anonymous. The reasons for anonymity are clear: anti-racist and feminist activists are met with threats and acts of physical violence from social institutions with those types of power, while institutions with…

Anonymous Contributions to the Toolkit

Anonymous Contribution #1: “do not be afraid to talk about these problems with your feminist colleagues. The secrecy with which these issues are handled puts us all at risk.” Anonymous post by ‘Society for Cutting Up Man-Trolls’ on ravishly.com: “death threats are in fact a form of censorship.” Anonymous Contribution #2: “Information is power, particularly in activist work. Sometimes, information…

The Fembot Toolkit: Anonymous Contribution #1

Several years ago, feminists at our university began to experience harassment from a member of our community who had a history of violent and aggressive behavior. Although this began as face-to-face harassment, it quickly migrated to online platforms. The university was reluctant to take action because they feared a lawsuit from the harasser (and in cases of sexual violence, fear…

The Fembot Toolkit

Over the past few weeks, national attention has been directed to online harassment, stalking, and death threats — actions we recognize as having been part of the online and offline lives of women, people of color, indigenous people, queer people, and their allies for many years. Fembot is no stranger to online harassment. Our members have written about it on…

Fembot Members respond to #GamerGate

Fembot Collective members joined other prominent feminist International Communication Association scholars in writing about the impacts of #GamerGate on women and feminist academics in video game studies and beyond. Fembot has posted a list of articles about #GamerGate here.

Schools of Shame Map (SOS-Map)

This map lists universities in the US that need help addressing sexual violence: all of them. The problem of sexual violence on college campuses was very much on Fembot Collective members Hye-Jin Lee and Carol Stabile’s minds when they met at the Console-ing Passions Conference in Columbia, Missouri in April 2014. After their meeting and a long stormy drive back…

January 17: Multimodal Editing and the Future

Today, we’ll be bringing together scholars from around the US to discuss how we edit, review, and generally think about multimodal editing. The session will be led by Julia Lesage (University of Oregon) and Alex Juhasz (Pitzer College). Some preliminary notes are below, with more to come soon! =========== Notes for ADA workshop: Critiquing Multimodal Submissions Julia Lesage, Jan. 17, 2014…