Bystander Intervention To Stop Online Harassment: How To Be An Ally When You Witness Abuse Online (8/23)
In this free, one-hour, interactive training, we’ll give you the tools you need to intervene safely and effectively in online abuse using Right To Be’s 5Ds of bystander intervention. First, we’ll talk through what online harassment is and how to identify abusive tactics. We’ll discuss the severe impact online abuse can have – on well being, livelihoods, and free expression – and how it’s drowning out voices that urgently need to be heard in public discourse. Then, we’ll share concrete strategies for how to distract, delegate, document, delay, or directly intervene in a way that is safe, effective, and centered on the needs of the person being targeted.
Gisela Pérez de Acha is a consultant and trainer for PEN America’s Online Abuse Defense Program. Pérez de Acha is a trained human rights lawyer and a journalist focused on digital forensics and investigative reporting on the extremism beat at the Investigative Reporting Program. She was part of an Emmy Award-winning team at The New York Times for her collaboration on the story about The Siege of Culiacán. She has a master’s degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she teaches cybersecurity for student journalists. In addition, Pérez de Acha is an open source researcher at the Human Rights Center Investigations Lab, and a trainer at Amnesty International’s Digital Verification Corps, a network of more than 100 volunteers at six global universities who fact-check social media posts regarding war crimes and grave human rights violations around the world. She has specialized in internet studies and the politics of Latin America for over a decade. Born and raised in Mexico, Pérez de Acha speaks fluent Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese.
Danielle Cannon (she/her) is an educator and trainer from the metro Detroit area. She has a fierce passion for helping others and believes that learning never stops. She has loved being an advocate for young children because they often cannot advocate for themselves. Inspiring children to dream and be confident in themselves has long been her personal mission. She holds bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and early childhood studies from Michigan State University and Rochester University, respectively. She has led a successful afterschool program, taught in K-12 charter schools, and assisted in directing a Great Start Readiness Program for preschoolers. She began to spark connections and build relationships with her students’ families by doing these things. This led her to broaden her horizons and begin to help educate adults through professional developments and workshops. She has a thirst for knowledge and believes that it is something to be shared with everyone. She plans to continue to empower others in hopes that we will all live a life that we truly love.