Help us internet users, you’re our only hope!
We need your help to create safe online spaces and stand up to online harassment!
WHAT: After 18 months of planning, collaborating, and creating working prototypes, Hollaback! is launching HeartMob, a platform that provides real-time support to individuals experiencing online harassment - and gives bystanders concrete actions they can take to step in and save the day.
HOW: HeartMob allows users to easily report their harassment and maintain complete control over their story. Once reported, users will have the option of keeping their report private and cataloguing it in case it escalates, or they can make the report public. If they choose to make it public, they will be able to choose from a menu of options on how they want bystanders to support them, take action, or intervene. They will also be given extensive resources including: safety planning, materials on how to differentiate an empty threat from a real threat, online harassment laws and details on how to report their harassment to authorities (if requested), and referrals to other organizations that can provide counseling and legal services.
Bystanders looking to provide support will receive public requests, along with chosen actions of support. You can “have someone’s back” and know that you’re helping them out in a time of need while directly contributing to safer spaces online. HeartMob staff will review all messages and reports to ensure the platform remains safe and supportive.
WHY: According to a Pew Research Center survey from late last year, 40% of people have been harassed online, and 73% of people have witnessed someone else being harassed online. Among people between the ages of 18 and 29, this figure jumps up to 92%. For too long, many people have left online spaces because they feel unsafe or unsupported. For too long, many of us have sat back and watched, unsure how to ask for help or how to provide support and resources. With HeartMob, you’ll have a system of supporters beside you, and a user-driven set of actions you can take right now to lend a helping hand. HeartMob can change the internet, making sure that we all feel safe, supported, and empowered online. But we need your help to make it a reality.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Hollaback! needs to raise $10,000 in three weeks to support the development of the HeartMob platform. With just as little as $1, you can show your support for the project and get in on the ground floor. And thanks to support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation -- your dollar will go over further. If we hit our goal of $10,000, Knight will kick in $2,500 if we get 250 backers, $5000 if we get 500 backers, and $10,000 if we get 1000 backers. Because each donation is so critical to the success of this campaign -- and our collective ability to show support for equal online space -- we ask that you share this with friends, and encourage them to donate too. Together, we can make the internet better.
Risks and challenges
For HeartMob to be effective, successful, and safe for its users, it needs to look, feel, and be completely secure. With the work of Sassafras Tech Collective (http://sassafras.coop) - including ongoing security audits and updates, we're committed to creating a safe, secure platform.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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