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Thursday, May 17 • 09:00 - 10:15
Data Driven Decency: New, Collaborative Experiments to Diminish Online Hate and Harassment Online

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In this session we'll report on - and brainstorm new possibilities for - experiments on methods to diminish harassment and hate speech online. Some participants will describe how they brought about the first experiment to be conducted by academic researchers working with an Internet platform that committed in advance to sharing data and allowing publication in a peer-reviewed journal. To ensure that the experiment met academic ethical standards, it was approved by two IRBs.

Participants 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. Next, there will be a lightning round of Q&A to clarify, and add details. Finally, in a final provocation/invitation to the whole group, the moderator will ask for ideas to push forward experiments on diminishing hate speech, harassment, and violent extremism online. Afterward we will circulate the ideas generated, and invite collaboration to implement them.

avatar for Christopher Bavitz

Christopher Bavitz

Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
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Susan Benesch

Executive Director, Dangerous Speech Project
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Camille Francois

Affiliate, Harvard Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society
Camille Francois is an Affiliate, Harvard Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society and Cybersecurity Fellow, New America Foundation. Previously, she was a Principal Researcher at Jigsaw, a think tank and technology incubator within Google / Alphabet, where she led an interdisciplinary... Read More →
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Jon Penney

Assistant Professor / Research Fellow, Schulich Law, Dalhousie University / Citizen Lab / Princeton CITP /
Jon Penney is a legal academic and social scientist. He is presently a Research Fellow at the Citizen Lab located at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, a Research Affiliate of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy, and teaches law as an Assistant... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 09:00 - 10:15 EDT