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Friday, March 13 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sex, Lies, and the Internet

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"The Internet hates women," is the insight Adam Savage, co-host of Mythbusters, gave his teenage boys as they started to surf the web on their own. He explained that if they're not part of the solution, they might very well be part of the problem. It's true, some people online clearly do hate women, and their hostile and harassing behavior has turned some of the web into an unsafe workplace and an unequal public space.
While many of the panelists (Amanda Hess of Slate.com, Allyson Kapin of Women Who Tech and Rad Campaign, Rinku Sen of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and Colorlines, and Emily May of Hollaback!) have examples of online harassment that are too numerous to recount, none of that makes them exceptional. It just makes them, and many others, women with an Internet connection. This panel will wrestle with how to fight online harassment and mob mentality, and why this issue matters to all of us.

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Katherine Cross

PhD Candidate, Suny State University in New York
Katherine Cross is a Ph.D student at the City University of New York Graduate Center, and a sociologist of gender who focuses on the virtual world. Her academic writing explores roleplaying, virtual embodiment, and more recently, online harassment and its causes. Her academic work... Read More →
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Allyson Kapin

Founder, Rad Campaign and Women Who Tech
Allyson has been named one of the “Most Influential Women in Tech” by Fast Company, a "Tech Titan" by the Washingtonian and one of the top 30 women entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter by Forbes for her leadership role in technology and social media.
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Emily May

Exec Dir, Hollaback!
Emily May is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of hollaback!
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Rinku Sen

Pres, Race Forward
Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and the Publisher of the award-winning news site Colorlines. Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
JW Marriott Salon 8

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