Digital Security in the Academy

Researchers are experiencing unprecedented levels of online harassment designed to intimidate, silence, and discredit them. Researchers now navigate the competing demands of building a public profile and protecting their privacy online. Most harassment takes place via social media platforms that algorithmically promote sentiments of outrage, misinformation and social division. The burden of protecting researchers’ privacy should fall on social media platforms, but universities also have a responsibility to protect their staff and students. After a targeted attack begins, the situation can spiral fast, so it’s important for researchers to take actions that enhance their digital security now. This infographic illustrates the state of the problem and suggests actions they can take to bolster their digital security and actions universities can take to improve their response to harassment.

Infographic written by Center for Media at Risk Steering Committee Member Sophie Maddocks.

Further Resources


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