On December 20, CLBR will have our annual year-end Heroes and Zeros episode in which, with guests Brenda Christensen, Denise Howell and Dan Tynan, we highlight those doing wonderful things on the internet and those deserving a cyber lump of coal. This year, in order to give credit (and shame) where it is due, I am naming my hero and zero “nominees” individually and today’s heroes are three women who are using documentaries to raise awareness of cyber abuse – Tara Moss, Cynthia Lowen and Darieth Chisolm.
Tara Moss is an Australian author, novelist, TV documentary presenter, speaker, human rights advocate and anti-cyberbullying campaigner. She is the host, co-executive producer and co-writer of Cyberhate with Tara Moss a six-part series on Australian television in March 2017 examining the phenomenon of online abuse. She gave an address on “Cyberhate and Beyond” at the National Press Club that was broadcast nationally, putting the phenomenon of extreme online abuse and harassment on the national agenda.
Australia’s “The Age” hailed the series as a “somber reminder of the carnage that can result from the insidious practice” and praises Moss as
[a] ferocious ambassador for human rights, [who] wastes no time in debunking the sentiment behind the playground chant, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”. Her opening statement makes clear that real people write the real words that impact on real people on the other side of the computer screen.
Cynthia Lowen is an award-winning filmmaker and the co-producer and writer of BULLY, a feature documentary film following five kids and families through “a year in the life” of America’s bullying crisis, whose latest film Netizens follows women across the United States, who’ve been the targets of different forms of online harassment: threats of violence, privacy violations, stalking, impersonation, non-consensual pornography and reputation harm. The film is in post-production.
Check out her TED talk on Social Change Through Creativity.
Darieth Chisolm is an Emmy Award-winning TV host and interviewer, who has worked in television and media for over 30 years. She is also the victim of revenge porn and has channeled her experience into “50 Shades of Silence,” which is both a website that provides information and resources for victims and a documentary to support victims of online crimes and improve laws and punishment for perpetrators.
Annual Heroes and Zeros Show
Listen on Wednesday, December 20th at 1PM ET / 10AM PT on WebmasterRadio.fm as I discuss the Heroes and Zeros for 2017 with our special guests – Brenda Christensen, Denise Howell and Dan Tynan.