2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Sex, Lies, and the Internet

Friday, March 13
3:30PM - 4:30PM

JW Marriott
Salon 8
110 E 2nd St

"The Internet hates women," is the insight Adam Savage, co-host of Mythbusters, gave his teenage boys as they started to surf the web on their own. He explained that if they're not part of the solution, they might very well be part of the problem. It's true, some people online clearly do hate women, and their hostile and harassing behavior has turned some of the web into an unsafe workplace and an unequal public space.

While many of the panelists (Amanda Hess of Slate.com, Allyson Kapin of Women Who Tech and Rad Campaign, Rinku Sen of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and Colorlines, and Emily May of Hollaback!) have examples of online harassment that are too numerous to recount, none of that makes them exceptional. It just makes them, and many others, women with an Internet connection. This panel will wrestle with how to fight online harassment and mob mentality, and why this issue matters to all of us.


#sxsw #harassment


Allyson Kapin


Rad Campaign and Women Who Tech

Allyson has been named one of "Top Tech Titans" by the Washingtonian, one of the Most Influential Women in Tech by Fast Company, and one of the top 30 Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter by Fo...

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Emily May

Exec Dir


Emily May is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of hollaback!

When feminist icon Gloria Steinem was asked “What women today inspire you and make you feel that the movement continues?” Her respo...

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Katherine Cross

PhD Candidate

Suny State University in New York

Katherine Cross is a Ph.D student at the City University of New York Graduate Center, and a sociologist of gender who focuses on the virtual world. Her academic writing explores roleplaying, virtua...

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Rinku Sen


Race Forward

Rinku Sen is the President and ED of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and the Publisher of the award-winning news site Colorlines. Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an...

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