Resources 

We’ve compiled a list of preliminary resources that we hope you’ll explore to learn more about the challenge of Women’s Online Safety. We’re grateful for all the work that’s been done to create more safety for women online and we want to always amplify that. We’ll add to this list over time.

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Jigsaw is a unit within Alphabet developing technology to make the world safer. Jigsaw partnered with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to study the prevalence and impact of online violence against women on a global scale. 

Research shows 85% of women have experienced or witnessed online violence.

  • 40% of women surveyed had been harassed online.
  • 50% of women experiencing online violence fear for their physical safety.
  • 75% of these women changed their social media habits.

How Technology Can Help Prevent Violence Against Women Online

Jigsaw’s tool Perspective API is a free API that uses machine learning to spot toxic language. A broad range of websites use this technology to measurably reduce toxicity on their platforms, sometimes by helping human moderators do their work more efficiently, sometimes by providing commenters with real-time feedback on the potential toxicity of what they’re writing. 

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Crash Override is a crisis helpline, advocacy group and resource center for people who are experiencing online abuse. We are a network of experts and survivors who work directly with victims, tech companies, lawmakers, media, security experts, and law enforcement to educate and provide direct assistance working to eliminate the causes of online abuse.

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“Doxing is the act of publishing someone’s personal information, of which there would be a reasonable expectation of privacy and dubious value to the conversation, in an environment that implies or encourages intimidation or threat.” 

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Check out Glitch – a UK charity that wants to make the Internet a safer place for everyone. Through campaigns, advocacy and impactful educational programmes, their aim is to transform the narrative around online abuse and highlight its disproportionate impact on women and girls. But they can’t do it alone.

Find out how you can get behind the cause.

Using a service like Delete Me can make removing yourself from the internet less of a headache. To get rid of these accounts, go to your account settings and just look for an option to either deactivate, remove or close your account.

Whether you’re experiencing or witnessing online abuse, this Field Manual offers concrete strategies for how to defend yourself and others. We wrote this guidance with and for those disproportionately impacted by online abuse: writers, journalists, artists, and activists who identify as women, BIPOC, and/or LGBTQIA+. Whatever your identity or vocation, anyone active online will find useful tools and resources here for navigating online abuse and tightening digital safety.

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OnlineSOS is a non-profit organization connecting people with information and tools to take action in the face of online harassment. Simple, actionable information, so you can choose what to do next. Select your need and get started.

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Online violence toward journalists is on the rise. The IWMF is here to help. Funded by Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the IWMF is building a coalition of organizations offering journalists collective support, bolstering their digital security and empowering the news media at large to keep their employees safer online.

Facing online attacks? Get help now!

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HeartMob is a community working to help end online harassment. We believe that the freedom of speech online doesn't mean anything if people are not free from abuse and harassment. On HeartMob, you can receive help in the form of supportive messages, reporting a specific profile or comment, and documenting harassment on social media.

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Take back control of your online experience. Use Block Party to filter out unwanted Twitter @mentions and use Twitter as normal. Works in every language.

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JSafe app empowers female journalists to take action in threatening situations. 

The app allows journalists to communicate and document threats or risks as they encounter and possibly will help them access safety resources and logistics available.

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Put a squad of trusted friends, volunteers, or paid moderators between the world and your inbox. Messages only reach you if your squad approves it. Together, the members of your squad can weather harassment so that you don't feel overwhelmed.

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