Noah J Nelson on Thursday, May. 15th
Online harassment is a plague. A cudgel used by the belligerent to silence those who they do not agree with or like, and it can be found everywhere.
The worst cases become headlines, but what isn’t seen as often are the techniques that are being developed deal with the problem. Which is what Wired contributor Laura Hudson’s latest piece is about:
While the problem is far from solved, a few online communities—especially in the world of multiplayer gaming, which has long struggled with issues of incivility and abuse—have come up with some innovative techniques to deter harassers and sometimes even reform them.
Hudson uses some examples from Riot Games’ management of their League of Legends community to show just what is possible in making the Internet a more hospitable place to live.