Data-Driven Decency: RightsCon 2018

We’re thrilled to be hosting a panel on experiments to diminish hate and harassment online, later this week at RightsCon, a conference that brings human rights advocates and technologists together. DSP Executive Director Susan Benesch and Dr. J. Nathan Matias, the founder of CivilServant, will share details of the experiment they just launched to diminish hate and harassment on Twitter. The company committed in advance to sharing data and agreed that we will make our findings available to anyone, by publishing them. To ensure that the experiment met ethical standards, we also sought and received approval from two university ethics boards.

During the session we’ll brainstorm new possibilities for other experiments to reduce  harassment and hatred online. Twitter data scientist Julie Hollek, who played a key part in the Twitter experiment, will take part in the discussion, together with Christopher Bavitz, a professor at Harvard Law School’s cyberlaw clinic; Camille Francois, Research & Analysis Director at Graphika; Jon Penney, Research Fellow at the University of Toronto’s CitizenLab; and Haji Mohammad Saleem of McGill University. Each will be asked to offer best practices and ideas learned from their own experiences or observations regarding collaborative research to diminish hatred, harassment, and violent extremism online.

Moderator Rob Faris, research director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, will also ask for ideas to push forward experiments on diminishing hate speech, harassment, and violent extremism online. After the conference, we will circulate the ideas generated, and invite collaboration to implement them.

For more information and to RSVP, see the RightsCon online schedule.