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Rise of #MeTooBots: scientists develop AI to detect harassment in emails

The Guardian

Artificial intelligence programmers are developing bots that can identify digital bullying and sexual harassment. Known as "#MeTooBots" after the high-profile movement that arose after allegations against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the bots can monitor and flag communications between colleagues and are being introduced by companies around the world. Bot-makers say it is not easy to teach computers what harassment looks like, with its linguistic subtleties and grey lines. Jay Leib, the chief executive of the Chicago-based AI firm NexLP, said: "I wasn't aware of all the forms of harassment. I thought it was just talking dirty. It comes in so many different ways. It might be 15 messages … it could be racy photos."


Almost Half of U.S. Internet Users Have Experienced Online Harassment, Study Shows

TIME - Tech

Almost half of U.S. teen and adult internet users say they have experienced online harassment or abuse, a new report shows. The study, carried out by the Data & Society Research Institute and Center for Innovative Public Health Research, found that 47% of Americans have personally experienced at least one of 20 forms of harassing behavior. The types of harassment were divided into three categories: digital harassment (e.g. Although men and women are equally likely to face online harassment, the study showed, women experience a wider variety of online abuse, including more serious violations. The report also revealed that sexual minorities (those who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual) are more likely to experience online harassment--and are more likely to be affected by it.


100 Women: Why we need to talk about street harassment

BBC News

Most women and girls have experienced some form of street harassment, and in many cases this behaviour goes unreported. But what exactly do we mean when we talk about harassment? In 2017, we're challenging them to tackle four of the biggest problems facing women today - the glass ceiling, female illiteracy, harassment in public spaces and sexism in sport. With your help, they'll be coming up with real-life solutions and we want you to get involved with your ideas.


Bill O'Reilly: 'People Are Trying To Kill Me Right Now'

Huffington Post - Tech news and opinion

When it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace many picture the blatant sexism of the "Mad Men" era, however, workplace harassment (sadly) comes in all forms. From an unwelcome sexual comment to inappropriate physical touching, sexual harassment should be reported every time, yet it's not always so easy for victims to speak up. With allegations of sexual assault spanning various workplaces -- including (but not limited to) the fashion industry and tech startups -- it's no surprise that workplace harassment is still common, even when it's not making front page news. In 2011, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 11,364 complaints of sexual harassment, 84 percent of which were filed by women and 16 percent by men. The American Association of University Women also reported that a telephone poll of 782 U.S. workers revealed that of the 38 percent of workers who said they had been sexually harassed, less than half reported their harassment.


Catcalling: The sisters who are making a noise to stop street harassment of women

BBC News

Maya Tutton, 22, says that her first experience of street harassment was when she was still at school, recalling: "I remember one particular incident when I was 14 and several men pulled up next to me with two friends and they made some of the most sexually threatening comments I had heard in my life.