Multidisciplinary, multi-institutional team will initially focus on supporting female journalists, funded by an award from the National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator.
As part of the 2021 cohort of the National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator, a team headed by Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics Director Rebekah Tromble of the George Washington University has received an award to develop a rapid response system that will aid experts facing coordinated campaigns of online harassment. The project will focus initially on female journalists.
Over the next year, the multidisciplinary, multi-institutional team will use its $750,000 grant from the Convergence Accelerator program to build on the work of groundbreaking anti-harassment organization Hollaback! in creating quickly accessible resources and support for online harassment victims. The team also will develop an educational campaign for online bystander intervention—how a friendly fellow Twitter user, for instance, can help someone being attacked without escalating the conflict and potentially making things harder for the victim.