Glitch News + Updates Category

Glitch!UK’s response to Ch4 adverts featuring online abuse

Tonight, during a commercial break on GoggleBox, Channel 4 will broadcast adverts overlaid with abuse that has been directed at the people who feature in them via social media platforms. The online abuse, including all manner of terrible things including death threats, received by those featured in these ads is shameful and we massively empathise […]

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World Suicide Prevention Day 2018

Glitch!UK is proud to announce we are taking part in World Suicide Prevention Day. A study found that victims of cyberbullying under the age of 25 are more than twice as likely to self-harm and enact suicidal behaviour. This is why we are getting involved. Our goal is to raise awareness and prevent more young […]

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Glitch!UK is a new, thriving and internationally known non-for-profit organisation with a mission to end online abuse in the UK. ‘Glitch’ is defined as ‘a temporary malfunction’. When we look back on this period of time, we want to be able to say that the rise in online abuse was only a ‘glitch’ in our […]

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Founder + Director, Glitch!UK Seyi Akiwowo’s Intervention Notes  at UN Human Rights Council

38th session of the Human Rights Council Annual full-day discussion on the human rights of women Panel 1: The impact of violence against women human rights defenders and women’s organizations in digital spaces Founder and Director, Glitch!UK’s Seyi Akiwowo’s Intervention Notes  First, I am honoured to have been invited by the President of the United […]

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Our response to the US leaving the UN Human Rights Council the day before an important session

President Trump has announced the United States will leave the United Nations Human Rights Council a day before the 38th Human Rights Council session on the human rights of women. We agree with Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General “while the Human Rights Council is by no means perfect and its membership is frequently under scrutiny, it […]

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Exciting news: Glitch!UK at the European Parliament

We are very excited to announce we will be holding our first two Glitch!UK events at the European Parliament, Strasbourg next week! As part of European Youth Event 2018, on Friday 1st  June Glitch!UK will host it’s first interactive panel discussion* inside the European Parliament on the impact of online abuse and hate speech on […]

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Council of Europe Notes Online Abuse in it’s Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023

We welcome Council of Europe​’s points on online abuse and social media in it’s Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023. “Media and social media play an important role in our lives, particularly when used to share information and expand awareness of a wide range of issues. However, evidence also shows that social media in particular are subject to […]

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Million Women’s Rise March

Honoured to speak at Million Women Rise march last weekend. The energy in the air was indescribable. We march against male violence and patriarchy and we wear red in solidarity with survivors ❤ Below is a copy of my speech- we must challenge patriarchy and we must challenge those who do not exhibit good sisterhood […]

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Glitch!UK at UN IGF 2017: Combating Online Violence Against Politically Active Women

A few months ago I was invited to be on the National Democratic Institute’s panel at the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (shout out to Soraya for recommending me!) Online violence against politically active women is an increasing threat to democracy particularly as we move political participation online, it deters young women aspiring to have […]

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