- September 27, 2017
- 7:00 pm
2781 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
$15.00 - $20.00
Orchestra seating, see ticket information for details.
You've heard about the dark side of the internet—hackers, anonymous mobs attacking an unlucky victim, revenge porn—but that kind of thing would never happen to you, right?
Zoë Quinn used to feel the same way. She is a video game developer whose ex-boyfriend unleashed a rambling blog post strategically built out of half-truths, lies, and private information, which he used to incite a mob hell-bent on ruining her life. They began by hacking her accounts and stealing nude photos. Then they harassed her family, friends, and colleagues. Finally, they escalated the attack into stalking her while making threats to rape and murder her. This mob organized into a so-called movement known as Gamergate. What started out in a dark corner of the internet grew into an all-out culture war that helped shape the alt-right and has become increasingly mainstream.
From trolling, to cyberbullying, to fake news, to threats, online abuse can and does happen to anyone. It's designed to get someone to hide out of fear, and it can be devastating.
Instead of disappearing, Zoë fought back. She started Crash Override Network, a crisis hotline and advocacy group. After working for years with the biggest names in tech, law, media, and online security, as well as thousands of targets of online abuse, she is armed with a wealth of knowledge, which she has poured into her book CRASH OVERRIDE: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate. CRASH OVERRIDE is part fierce, funny memoir, part bold manifesto, and part field guide for combating online harassment.
Join Zoë for a rare public conversation with Zara Zimbardo about her experience at the center of the Gamergate controversy and her journey to overcome it by working to make the internet a better, safer place for everyone.
Zoë Quinn is one of the most critically acclaimed, widely recognized indie developers in the gaming industry, and a leading voice in the fight against online abuse. She has testified about online abuse at the United Nations, and the issue continues to make headlines, from features in tech publications to national op-eds about political discourse online. Quinn's most famous game, Depression Quest, has been played by over 2 million people. Prior to the Gamergate explosion, Quinn's work was praised in such outlets as Forbes, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, Kotaku, Paste, and GiantBomb. Since August 2014, even more mainstream media have taken note, including MSNBC, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vice, Playboy, BusinessWeek, and BoingBoing, and the UK's BBC, Guardian, and Telegraph. Fast Company recently named her the seventeenth Most Creative Person in Business for her work with Crash Override Network, and she appeared on Forbes' 30 under 30 list.
Zara Zimbardo is an Interdisciplinary Studies faculty in the BA Completion and MFA programs at CIIS. She is a presenter and published writer on topics of the social construction of whiteness, critical media literacy, Islamophobia, subversion of stereotypes in a time of war, social justice comedy, modern monsters and the zombie apocalypse, and representations of gender, race, consumerism and U.S. imperialism/militarism. Zara co-founded the White Noise Collective, an anti-racist feminist training and resource organization. She is a co-founder and Special Projects Director of Partners for Collaborative Change, which supports organizations to become more equitable through democratizing research planning and design, and through anti-oppression facilitation and coaching. Click here to learn more about her work.