In the year since Gamergate unleashed an avalanche of gendered hate and abuse on the internet, attention on online harassment has died down somewhat. But women, people of color, trans and genderqueer people still deal with damaging digital attacks just for speaking their minds about real social issues that deserve discussion. Feminist Frequency's Anita Sarkeesian, together with Women, Action & the Media (WAM!) founder Jaclyn Friedman and reproductive justice activist Renee Bracey Sherman, is now releasing a guide for all people who've dealt with online harassment on how to defend against threats when they decide make their voices heard.
The guide is called Speak Up & Stay Safe(r), and it serves as a detailed manual for how to mitigate online threats. Considering the fact that Sarkeesian, Friedman, and Sherman are all internet-savvy women who've all faced serious, sustained harassment in the past, the handbook is written out of experience. Included are primers on how to best monitor one's online information, setting up two-factor authentication, and even protecting physical mail.
It's important to note that, as necessary as this guide is, the group acknowledges that it's profoundly unfair that it needed to be made at all. "It should not be our meticulous labor and precious funds that keep us safe," the guide reads, "it should be our basic humanity." No person or panel should have to face bomb threats for talking about what should be common sense. However, as activists still work to undo the hate that still pours out of so many corners of the internet, taking these precautions will just have to be yet another part of the burden.