Packed Crowds at SXSW ‘Online Harassment Summit’

Lol, just kidding. Here are some pictures of the actual event. Remember #levelup panel, cancelled by #sxsw and then reinstated? It’s not drawing a big crowd #onlineharassment A photo posted by Omar Gallaga (@omargee) on Mar 12, 2016 at 2:58pm PST Five minutes before start, attendance at the first three #sxsw Online Harassment Summit panels. A photo posted by Omar Gallaga (@omargee) on Mar 12, 2016 at 7:26am PST Serial online abuser Randi Harper, a particularly ironic supporter of the event, spent much of her time anxiously glancing at other people’s phones, looking for GamerGate-supporting spies. One nefarious troll decided to exploit this, with flawless success. In other news, mad social justice warrior Brianna Wu thinks I’m at SXSW (I’m in Alaska, dummy!) and is very, very concerned. So apparently, if Brietbart wants they can pay for a ticket and cover it as a member of the public? Will tweet as I hear more. — Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) March 12, 2016 .@Spacekatgal we worked all this out weeks ago. You weren’t a part of the conversation. Milo is not here. Please stop. — Randi Lee Harper (@randileeharper) March 12, 2016 I can still strike fear into the hearts of SJWs,
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How Governments Force Silicon Valley To Censor You Online

Boeing, Blackberry building self-destructing phone
On hate speech, social media companies are enthusiastically liking, retweeting, and faving national governments. In December, the German government announced that they had secured the co-operation of Facebook, Google and Twitter in removing “hate speech” from their platforms. A wave of censorship followed. Why have web firms been persuaded to give up their original free-speech ideals? Governments haven’t passed any laws requiring Silicon Valley to march to their drum. So why are Facebook, Twitter and Google doing so anyway? The mad progressivism of their Bay Area CEOs probably has something to do with it. But there’s another reason: Governments have become increasingly adept at intimidating companies without using the law. In 2011, liberal scholar and Net Neutrality activist Tim Wu published an essay entitled “Agency Threats,” discussing how best to regulate companies. In his essay, Wu argued that passing legislation was not, in fact, the most efficient way to pressure web firms (he would soon be proven right during the SOPA and PIPA protests, in which web firms mobilised their vast userbase to cripple a major congressional attempt at web copyright reform.) Instead, Wu advocated “Rule by Threat” to force companies to capitulate to the government. Wu’s study suggested that regulatory
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Omid Kordestani – Twitter’s Other Big Problem

Twitter said its growth stalled at the end of last year, holding at 320 million active monthly users, in a disappointing quarterly update for the struggling messaging platform
Here at Breitbart Tech, we’ve extensively covered the disastrous return of Jack Dorsey as CEO of Twitter, and the social media platform’s regrettable departure from its founding ideal as the “free speech wing of the free speech party.” But Dorsey isn’t the only big cheese behind Twitter’s abandonment of its principles. Meet Omid Kordestani, the executive chair currently at the head of Twitter’s board of directors. Those who follow the tech scene closely may recognize that name from his admittedly stellar career history at Google and Netscape. Since joining Twitter in mid-October, Kordestani has gone mostly under the radar, despite his stature and position at the company. Like other Twitter employees, Kordestani rarely uses the service himself and seems to have little appreciation for what keeps those who do coming back. But his tweet history, scant though it may be, is enough to paint a clear picture of a political agenda. Here he is engaged in feminist virtue-signaling, promoting a report on a non-peer-reviewed study that was breathlessly and uncritically trumpeted across the feminist tech media a couple weeks ago as proof of both women’s superiority at coding and the imagined sexism in tech that supposedly keeps it from being recognized. Women write better
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