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Human Rights Day: Freedom of Expression is not a pass to be an online troll

It is possible have a robust debate, and sometimes it is necessary to in order to get to the core of the main points, challenge held beliefs and draw similarities and conclusion. It is important to go through this process in order for society to grow in tolerance and understanding, to evolve and recommit to core beliefs.

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#16Days: Officially Recognise Online Abuse as a Form of Violence Against Women

We ask The Conservative Party, The Labour Party, The Liberal Democrats, The Green Party and the Women’s Equality Party to recognise online abuse & harassment as a form of violence against women and demand better self-regulation from social media companies. Who will say yes first? On the 16th and final day of commemorating the international […]

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Anti-Social Media – The OverTake Article

“Social media has been a powerful ally for women in the past month. The online outcry about sexual harassment shocked the world into seeing abuse towards women as distressingly commonplace. In this instance, Twitter served as an empowering space – it provided solidarity and an encouraging environment where women could break their silence. It can […]

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My piece in LabourList: Today is the day Labour must renew its determination to end online violence against women and girls

Earlier this year I received a wave of hateful online abuse and harassment after a video of me speaking at the European Parliament went viral. On one hand, the online world is merely a reflection of the state of our society; on the other hand the online world seems to be a comfortable place for […]

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Amnesty’s Evidence Supports the Experiences of Women + Girls facing online violence- and I’m proud to be a part of it.

In order to end online violence against all women and girls there needs to be a global movement of activists, organisations, policy-makers, individuals, law enforcement and social media companies raising awareness of the issues of online abuse and working to fix this glitch. There’s also a need for mobilising and working in partnership with other […]

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Unsocial Media: Tracking Twitter Abuse against Women MPs

By Azmina Dhrodia, Researcher, Technology and Human Rights At Amnesty, we’ve been investigating the extent of online abuse against women MPs active on Twitter in the UK through individual interviews and by using machine learning to detect abusive tweets sent to women MPs. The findings outlined in this post provide a detailed look at abuse on Twitter […]

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Glitch!UK Mentioned in Parliament

On 7th September 2017, newly elected Rosie Duffield Labour Member for Parliament for Canterbury used her Maiden Speech in Parliament during the European Union (Withdrawal) Debate to highlight online abuse.  It is a great privilege to make my maiden speech as part of this special and important debate. Many people—especially me—were completely stunned on the […]

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Glitch!UK mentioned in BuzzFeedNews

“This will change the way people view online abuse,” Newham Councillor Seyi Akiwowo, who was targeted by racist trolls, told BuzzFeed News. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today committed to treat online hate crime as seriously as offline offences, while taking into account the potential impact on the wider community as well as the victim. […]

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CPS to treat online hate crime as seriously as hate crime committed face to face

Today the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced its commitment for online hate crime to be treated the same as face to face hate crime. Glitch UK welcomes this harsher punishment and believes this announcement sends a strong signal that the criminal justice system must take online abuse seriously. In 2015 the Malicious Communications Act […]

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Mayor of London’s Online Hate Crime Summit 2017

This morning I was up super early to speak with Jason Rosam on BBC London Radio to talk about the Mayor of London‘s brilliant new police unit to tackle online hate crime. The Online Hate Crime Hub is made up of specially trained officers who will work with community groups. social media organisations, academic hate crime specialists […]

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