Glitch News + Updates Category

#FixTheGlitch TweetChat: How Can We End Online Gender-Based Violence?

On 13th February we launched the first edition of our Fix The Glitch Toolkit, a resource designed to support individuals who want to help end online abuse. In 2017 The Law Commission reported 28% of UK internet users were on the receiving end of trolling, harassment or cyberbullying and, unfortunately but unsurprisingly, online abuse disproportionately […]

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#EndOnlineAbuse Campaign: Our Response to the APPG on Social Media and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing

Today The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Media and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing published its enquiry report on the health impact of social media. We welcome the report’s recommendations, particularly the call for social media companies to be taxed on profits to to fund research and draw up clearer guidance for […]

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Our Statement on ChristChurch Mosque Attacks

We are saddened and horrified to hear about the attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of all victims and those injured. We stand against all forms of hate and extremism and the use of online platforms in spreading those messages of fear and violence. As […]

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#EndOnlineAbuse Campaign Response to Spring Statement 2019

This afternoon, the Chancellor of Exchequer Spring Statement made reference to the responsibility of tech giants and online harms. While we welcome the Chancellor’s commitment to protecting the public from online harms and ensuring that global tech giants pay their fair share, we cannot wait for regulation, we need practical action now. A DCMS consultation […]

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International Women’s Day: Balance for a Safer Internet

The first Women’s Day was marked in February 1909, in wintry New York. Much has changed since, but sadly, women today still face old threats that simply come in new vehicles, digital ones. If you were a woman in 1909 Britain you were likely treated as your father or husband’s property. This was still five […]

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Our call for IWD2019: End Online Abuse

To mark International Women’s Day 2019 and Women’s History Month we are asking the Chancellor of Exchequer to make a commitment to ringfence at least 1% of the new digital services tax in the upcoming Spring Spending Review. Representation is key to change; more women in leadership positions, public life and technology could help shape […]

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The Grit Behind the Glitch

Words by Krista Kartson, from the London School of Economics She speaks with the conviction of a woman who knows what she is talking about—because she lived it. The name of her non-profit, Glitch, refers to the unintended negative consequences that can come with internet communications (more on that in a minute) but it’s also an appropriate […]

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An Update on the Enquiry on Hate Crime

Last month saw the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group’s (APPG) report on Hate Crime. The group, created in 2018, connects researchers, civic society organisations, law enforcement and politicians across parties to work together to better understand and address hate crime. This report summarises findings from the group’s first enquiry, launched a year ago, which […]

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Safer Internet Day: We must rethink consent online

Consent is simple. It means giving permission for something to happen and also – this is key – being comfortable giving that permission. This year’s Safer Internet Day invites us to think about how consent works in digital spaces. Since, according to Ofcom research, we check our phones every 12 minutes and spend, on average, […]

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TweetChat: How Can We End Online Gender-Based Violence, 13th Feb, 12:30pm (GMT)

  On 13th February we will launch the first edition of our brand new Fix The Glitch Toolkit. This toolkit is designed to support individuals who want to help end online abuse but might not know where to begin. We have created this toolkit to not only raise awareness of online gender based violence (OGBV) […]

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