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Presentation: Using Technology to Protect Against Online Harassment Panel

Track: Socially Conscious Software

Location: Seacliff ABC

Duration: 10:35am - 11:25am

Day of week: Tuesday

Level: Intermediate

Persona: Architect, General Software, Technical Engineering Manager

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Abstract

As the internet becomes more integrated into our social and professional lives, what are we doing to protect vulnerable populations from harm? This panel will discuss the changes society has seen since the advent of social media and how they're building the next generation of software tools to protect against online harassment.

Speaker: Danielle Leong

Engineering Manager on GitHub's Community and Safety Team

Danielle Leong is the engineering manager for GitHub’s Community & Safety team who focuses on building consensual software and tools that help make online platforms safer, more welcoming, and inclusive. She’s the founder of Consensual Software, an open source project that advocates for clear and enthusiastic consent from users to interact with them or their data. She is also the founder of Feerless, an app that provides trigger warnings for Netflix users with PTSD. She’s passionate about online privacy, inclusivity in tech, mental health awareness, and improving online good citizenship. In her spare time, she takes mediocre photos of her dog on Instagram, dresses up as a dinosaur, and eats lots of pizza - occasionally all at the same time.

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Speaker: Leigh Honeywell

CEO @tallpoppyio

Leigh is the founder and CEO of Tall Poppy, where she helps companies protect their employees from online harassment. She was previously a Technology Fellow at the ACLU’s Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology, and also worked at SlackSalesforce.comMicrosoft, and Symantec. She has co-founded two hackerspaces, and advises several nonprofits and startups. Leigh has a Bachelors of Science from the University of Toronto where she majored in Computer Science and Equity Studies.

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Speaker: Sri Ponnada

Software Engineer @Microsoft

Sri is a Software Engineer who is passionate about diversity + inclusion, building communities and (surprise) technology! She has an unconventional background in English, and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies. In a past life, she dabbled in journalism as an opinions columnist and radio talk show host. Outside of work, Sri spends a lot of time volunteering with various local nonprofits, as well as promoting STEM education / careers for women and other underrepresented minorities in the tech industry. Sri believes that when technology is developed with diverse perspectives, inclusion, and equity in mind it truly empowers us to change the world.

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Speaker: Kat Fukui

Product Designer @github

Kat Fukui is a product designer on the Community & Safety team at GitHub, building welcoming and productive communities. 

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