Hack Harassment is a coalition of organizations and individuals who share in the common goal of building a more inclusive and supportive online community. Hack Harassment does not guarantee the world will be free from online harassment, but together, we hope to bring us all closer to that goal.
Hack Harassment is founded by Intel, Vox Media and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. If you are interested in joining the movement, join us to #HackHarassment.
An online world where everyone – regardless of their identity, orientation, background, or beliefs – is treated with respect and free from harassment.
At Hack Harassment, our mission is to create a more inclusive and supportive online community by reducing the frequency and severity of online harassment.
In order to achieve this, together we will:
- Elevate the Conversation around online harassment by raising awareness of the problem, its prevalence, its real-life impact, and the responsibility we all share to speak out when we see harassment taking place.
- Foster Collaboration among organizations, social influencers, and individuals around this common cause in order to maximize the reach and impact of our collective resources.
- Develop and Cultivate Real Solutions – both technological and educational –that will directly contribute to the reduction of the frequency and severity of online harassment.
Stephan Balkam is the Founder and CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), an international, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC. FOSI’s mission is to make the online world safer for kids and their families. FOSI convenes the top thinkers and practitioners in government, industry and the nonprofit sectors to collaborate and innovate and to create a “culture of responsibility” in the online world. For the past 30 years, Stephen Balkam has had a wide range of leadership roles in the nonprofit sector in the both the US and UK. Prior to FOSI, Stephen was the Founder and CEO of the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) and lead a team which developed the world’s leading content labeling system on the web. Stephen received a BA, magna cum laude, in Psychology from University College, Cardiff, Wales in 1977.
Michael Beadle is Director of Public Relations at Ubisoft. He launched a number of the company’s biggest franchises, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance and Tom Clancy’s The Division. Prior to Ubisoft, Beadle was a senior account executive at Golin/Harris International and worked exclusively on the Nintendo of America account for four years. Beadle earned his bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an option in Public Relations from California State University, Chico. Beadle currently lives in Castro Valley, Calif. and enjoys cheering on his Bay Area sports teams, dancing, watching movies and, of course, playing video games.
Gabby Frost, 19, is the founder and CEO of Buddy Project, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization aiming to prevent suicide and self-harm by pairing people as buddies and raising awareness for mental health. She created Buddy Project on April 8th, 2013, when she was just 15-years-old. She was motivated to create Buddy Project after discovering many of her friends from school and online were going through mental illness, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm addiction. Gabby received the 6th annual Shorty Award in Teen Activism and the 2015 John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial Award. In 2016, she was featured in O, the Oprah Magazine and USA Today College for her work with Buddy Project. She is also a member of 1000 Dreams Fund’s Student Advisory Board and Crisis Text Line’s Youth Advisory Council. Gabby is a freshman at Drexel University and is majoring in Music Industry.
Iain Gray is Senior Vice President of Customer Success at Docker. He is responsible for ensuring enterprise-class services, education, enablement and support for Docker customers and partners, defining best-practices and enabling customers to take full advantage of both the Docker platform and the surrounding ecosystem. Prior to Docker, Iain established Customer Success at Pivotal Inc. and served as VP of Red Hat’s Global Services and Global Support Services organizations, developing business critical services in support of Red Hat’s open source subscription model.
Brittan Heller is ADL’s Director for Technology and Society based in Palo Alto. She formerly served in the Department of Justice, Human Rights and Special Prosecutions section, where she specialized in the intersection of human rights and technology. Before government service, Heller practiced international human rights law overseas, where she built a law school in Kabul, Afghanistan, assisted North Korean refugees throughout Asia, and prosecuted the first cases at the International Criminal Court. During law school, Heller spearheaded groundbreaking impact litigation to combat cyber-harassment and advocated for cyber civil rights. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School.
Dr. Sameer Hinduja is Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center and Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social media use, concerns that have paralleled the exponential growth in online communication by young people.
Dr. Susan M. Swearer is the Willa Cather Professor of Educational Psychology and a Professor of School Psychology at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL). For over the past decade, Dr. Swearer has developed and implemented a data-based decision-making model for responding to bullying among school-aged youth and has conducted staff trainings in elementary, middle, and high schools, and higher education settings with the goal of helping to establish cost-effective and data-based strategies to reduce bullying behaviors.
Disclaimer: While the founding partners are working together on this initiative, Hack Harassment is not a joint venture or legal partnership.