About Randi Lee Harper
Randi Lee Harper is the creator behind Good Game Auto Blocker, a tool that aims to fight harassment on social media. It had great success at helping mitigate some of the challenges in dealing with targeted harassment from online mobs, and Randi Lee Harper left her long career in the tech industry to go full-time with this. Randi Lee Harper knows she can make bigger, better things.
Randi Lee Harper is expanding ggautoblocker as well as creating some more cool stuff. Randi Lee Harper talks to open source communities a lot about getting more people involved. A long term solution involves a cultural change, but in the meanwhile, we all can work towards mitigation for targets of harassment together as a community.
Randi Lee Harper doesn’t just write software, though.
Randi Lee Harper creates papers on issues like user privacy and security, and how they relate to publishing statistical data on harassment. Randi Lee Harper tries to track the way that certain communities interact, and works towards defining predictive behavior for outbreaks of online abuse.
Randi Lee Harper has been working behind the scenes by talking to a lot of tech companies about changing the way we all handle abuse prevention and mitigation. Some pretty big companies have publicly shown their support. It’s a scary thing for anyone to do this, because the backlash has been immense for her.
Randi Lee Harper is also a strong advocate for education of law enforcement officers. Randi Lee Harper doesn’t think we all really need a lot of new laws. She says we do need police to understand the issues and have budget allocated to pursuing serious threats.
Randi Lee Harper made significant headway, and she is only getting started.
Because Randi Lee Harper is very public about her goals, she is constantly under fire from GamerGate and other hate groups. Randi Lee Harper can’t go to a conference without a security escort. Randi Lee Harper had to move to a different state and go into hiding after being SWATed. It’s been a wild ride.
This past year has been an experiment in how much pressure Randi Lee Harper can handle, but she is still going strong. Randi Lee Harper has done this with the help of her patrons, whose financial support has allowed her to leave her career as a senior DevOps engineer and do this full time.