Hacking Hate: creative tactics to counter attack online gender violence

Date: Friday, March 9, 2018
Time: 11:00 - 12:00 PM
Room: Think Tank
Skill Level: Beginner
Language: English
Duration: 1 hour(s)
Format: Internet Freedom: Present and Future
Presenter: Joana Varon
Other Presenters: Lucía Egaña Rojas, artista y investigadora Paz Peña, co-creator of acoso.online
This session has the goal to use the community brainpower to brainstorm on creative responses to online gender violence. Can creativity hack the hate? This workshop will have the goal to will facilitate a fast production of creative artifacts, using irony and laugher as a strategy to both confront sexism and create new references to amplify our feminist popular culture. While female and gender non-conformative voices become more vocal in the web, sexist, misogynous, homophobic and racist attacks using online platforms to silence these voices also rise exponentially and, apparently, well organized. Solutions to tackle this problem varies from pushing for policy changes within these platforms and law enforcement agencies, to organizing support lines and collective responses within networks of solidarity. According to the local context, some approaches seem more feasible than others. And if you are a feminist activist from far away of the Silicon Valley and with law enforcement agents that are just as sexist as your attackers, creative usages of our networks of solidarities seems to be the most effective. We do believe creativity can serve us Kung Fu, which uses the opponents owns energy to neutralize it or even empower our own moves. While this approach has been common to women's strategies to defeat harassment offline, we still have a lot to explore transposing these tactics to the online environments. This workshop will have the goal to produce memes and gifs It will feed on the methodology that has been developed in a meeting held in Chile (November 2017) that put together a network of feminists from different backgrounds: artists, grassroots activists and digital rights advocates/trainers. We will also briefly showcase the outcomes of that meeting and start the creative exercise.
Target Audience:
-If you are a feminist or work with gender perspective on internet issues, in this session you will find the perfect place to brainstorming creative ideas and organize resistance to misogyny, homophobia and hate speech. -If you like arts and any form of creativity, in this session you will find a place to imagine and design concrete tools of resistance. - If you work with technology and you are fed-up with hate on the internet, in this session you will find a safe place to think on concrete technology solutions as means of liberation
Desired Outcome:
- we will present our projects to hack hate and we will add the fabulous community feedback/analyse possibilities to localize it for other contexts, etc - we will come up with a series of ideas for creative responses and analyse the possibility to implement them across our networks