Building Diverse Social Networks

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Intermediate
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 11:00 – 11:45am in B202/203

Excerpt

While only a handful of social networks like Dreamwidth and Quirell explicitly prioritize diversity, there are plenty of lessons to learn about what to do — and what not to do — from Facebook, Twitter, and others. Best practices include counter-oppressive politics, embedded in the community guidelines and norms; and the right tools, technologies, and policies. This session will look at what does and doesn't work in a variety of online environments.

Description

How can we make social networks whose systems are not hostile to diversity — that is, systems that do not actively contribute to lessening the voices of to women, people of color, trans, queer and gender-variant people, and others whose perspectives are typically marginalized? It starts with counter-oppressive politics from people running the site, embedded in the community guidelines and norms. Other key techniques include tools, technologies, and policies in areas such as moderation, muting, blocking, reporting, pseudonymity, accessibility, privacy, and user rights.

This session will look at what does and doesn’t work in a variety of online environments. Dreamwidth, Quirell, Ello’s welcoming the LGBTQ community after Facebook “real names” crackdown last summer, and others provide positive examples to learn from. Less-positive examples like Twitter’s problems with harassment, the Nymwars on Google+ and Facebook, Storify,and Facebook’s privacy abuses also provide valuable lessons.

Tags

social networks, diversity, pseudonymity

Speaking experience

Speaking experience: Jon has spoken about social networks at conferences including Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference and Politics Online (as well as on other topics at software engineering and legal conferences and workshops) -- and OSBridge 2014, where he gave an earlier version of this talk with Deborah Pierce. Lynn speaks about social network design refrequently on twitter, and rejects the notion that screening for prior professional speaking experience will significantly improve the quality of your talks.

Speakers

  • Professional

    Lynn Cyrin

    CollectQT

    Biography

    Lynn ‘Cyrin’ Conway is a full stack web developer and writer / advocate. She founded the queer trans collective, CollectQT, and is working on Quirell, a social network. She sometimes does activist writing at Model View Culture. Her specialities include sniffing out subtle bigotry, writing database queries, and creating fancy navbars.

    Sessions

      • Title: Building Diverse Social Networks
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 11:0011:45am
      • Excerpt:

        While only a handful of social networks like Dreamwidth and Quirell explicitly prioritize diversity, there are plenty of lessons to learn about what to do — and what not to do — from Facebook, Twitter, and others. Best practices include counter-oppressive politics, embedded in the community guidelines and norms; and the right tools, technologies, and policies. This session will look at what does and doesn’t work in a variety of online environments.

      • Speakers: Jon Pincus, Lynn Cyrin
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    Jon Pincus

    TapestryMaker, OPTYVA

    Biography

    Software engineer / entrepreneur / strategist, currently developing the open-source social network platform TapestryMaker , and General Manager/Architect at OPTYVA. Previous positions include CTO and VP of Engineering roles at startups, Architect and Researcher at Microsoft Research, and leading the oppression-theory based Ad Astra project.

    Sessions

      • Title: Building Diverse Social Networks
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 11:0011:45am
      • Excerpt:

        While only a handful of social networks like Dreamwidth and Quirell explicitly prioritize diversity, there are plenty of lessons to learn about what to do — and what not to do — from Facebook, Twitter, and others. Best practices include counter-oppressive politics, embedded in the community guidelines and norms; and the right tools, technologies, and policies. This session will look at what does and doesn’t work in a variety of online environments.

      • Speakers: Jon Pincus, Lynn Cyrin