July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

Open sourcing anti-harassment tools

Randi Harper (Literally Blue, LLC)
5:00pm–5:40pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Protect E147/148
Average rating: ****.
(4.73, 15 ratings)

Prerequisite Knowledge

Technologies discussed will include graphite/statsd, ruby, perl, AWS, JSON.


Online harassment has always been a problem that existed without a solution. Many have been unaware of the prevalence of abuse directed primarily at minorities, but in the past year this has become more of an international topic, gaining media coverage as well as spawning conversations about how to mitigate and prevent abuse.

While preventing abuse is a complex topic, open source tools have been developed that have mitigated targeted abuse from some communities.

In this talk, Randi will discuss the abuse that has permeated open source and gamer culture, how they coincide, and how we can take steps to mitigate this harassment by developing tools such as ggautoblocker. Abuse can be solved with DevOps! DevOps solves everything.

She will also talk about some of the difficulties in creating these tools given the current state of Terms of Service for many communities, and how we can work together to impress change on those who write these policies.

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Randi Harper

Literally Blue, LLC

Randi Harper is a FLOSS Weekly co-host, FreeBSD src committer, avid gamer, and an anti-harassment and digital rights activist