Randi aims to fight harassment on social media. She had great success at helping mitigate some of the challenges in dealing with targeted harassment from online mobs, and Randi left her long career in the tech industry to go full-time with this. Randi knows she can make bigger, better things.
Randi 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 doesn’t just write software, though.
Randi creates papers on issues like user privacy and security, and how they relate to publishing statistical data on harassment. Randi tries to track the way that certain communities interact, and works towards defining predictive behavior for outbreaks of online abuse.
Randi 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 is also a strong advocate for education of law enforcement officers. Randi 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 made significant headway, and she is only getting started.
Because Randi is very public about her goals, she is constantly under fire from hate groups. Randi can’t go to a conference without a security escort. Randi 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 can handle, but she is still going strong. Rand has done this with the help of her patrons, whose financial support has allowed her to leave her career as a senior Developer engineer and do this full time.