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Thriving Online 5 - How to Defend Yourself or Others Against Online Attacks

July 20, 2020
DESCRIPTION: In this Thriving Online session, Viktorya Vilk, who directs digital safety and free expression programs for the writers’ organization PEN America, discusses how the organization’s online-harassment “field manual” and training might benefit thousands of scientists who’ve entered the public sphere to help society make informed choices in a pandemic and around hot issues like climate change.

PEN America, the U.S. branch of a global organization defending authors’ and journalists’ freedom to write, has been around since 1922. But the organization has been quick to adapt to the online communication environment, developing a variety of initiatives helping writers fend off toxic and sometimes dangerous attacks.

Here’s PEN’s Online Harassment Field Manual: https://onlineharassmentfieldmanual.pen.org/

You'll also meet the climate-focused ecologist Jacquelyn Gill of the University of Maine

Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Kate Marvel, a climate modeler at NASA and Columbia University's Earth Institute.

All of these researchers have endured digital slings and arrows as they’ve developed substantial followings on Twitter and other platforms (@jacquelyngill, @angie_rasmussen, @drkatemarvel).

Your host, as always, is Andy Revkin (@revkin), who developed this Sustain What webcast as a global conversation aimed at cutting pandemic impacts and building more resilient, engaged, connected, inclusive societies.

Follow @VilkViktorya and @PENamerica for more.

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