Randi Harper is creating Online Activism and Open Source Anti-Harassment Tools
324

patrons

$1,942
per month
I am the creator behind Good Game Auto Blocker, a tool that aims to fight harassment on social media. It's had great success at helping mitigate some of the challenges in dealing with targeted harassment from online mobs, and I left my long career in the tech industry to go full-time with this. I know I can make bigger, better things.

I'm expanding ggautoblocker as well as creating some more cool stuff. I talk to open source communities a lot about getting more people involved. A long term solution involves a cultural change, but in the meanwhile, we can work towards mitigation for targets of harassment together as a community.

I don't just write software, though.

I'm creating papers on issues like user privacy and security, and how they relate to publishing statistical data on harassment. I'm trying to track the way that certain communities interact, and work towards defining predictive behavior for outbreaks of online abuse.

I've been working behind the scenes by talking to a lot of tech companies about changing the way we 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

I'm also a strong advocate for education of law enforcement officers. I don't think we really need a lot of new laws. We do need police to understand the issues and have budget allocated to pursuing serious threats.

I've made significant headway, and I'm only getting started.

Because I'm very public about my goals, I am constantly under fire from GamerGate and other hate groups. I can't go to a conference without a security escort. I 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 I can handle, but I'm still going strong. I've done this with the help of my patrons, whose financial support has allowed me to leave my career as a senior DevOps engineer and do this full time.

Patrons get periodic updates on my current project or focus. I'm as transparent about my activities as I can be while keeping the safety of others in mind.

If you would prefer to make a one-time donation or use a platform other than Patreon, I've also got a PayPal.

Thank you for your support. <3
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Pledge $1 or more per month
219 patrons
You're awesome. I like you. Thank you for supporting me. You'll get updates, like where I'm going and what I'm working on next.
Pledge $500 or more per month
0 of 5 patrons
Pending approval and T&L, I'll speak at an event of your choice. Your employer, your dinner party, your usergroup, your conference. This must be scheduled at least a month in advance.
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$1,942 of $3,600 per month
I can pay all of my bills. Yay!
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I am the creator behind Good Game Auto Blocker, a tool that aims to fight harassment on social media. It's had great success at helping mitigate some of the challenges in dealing with targeted harassment from online mobs, and I left my long career in the tech industry to go full-time with this. I know I can make bigger, better things.

I'm expanding ggautoblocker as well as creating some more cool stuff. I talk to open source communities a lot about getting more people involved. A long term solution involves a cultural change, but in the meanwhile, we can work towards mitigation for targets of harassment together as a community.

I don't just write software, though.

I'm creating papers on issues like user privacy and security, and how they relate to publishing statistical data on harassment. I'm trying to track the way that certain communities interact, and work towards defining predictive behavior for outbreaks of online abuse.

I've been working behind the scenes by talking to a lot of tech companies about changing the way we 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

I'm also a strong advocate for education of law enforcement officers. I don't think we really need a lot of new laws. We do need police to understand the issues and have budget allocated to pursuing serious threats.

I've made significant headway, and I'm only getting started.

Because I'm very public about my goals, I am constantly under fire from GamerGate and other hate groups. I can't go to a conference without a security escort. I 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 I can handle, but I'm still going strong. I've done this with the help of my patrons, whose financial support has allowed me to leave my career as a senior DevOps engineer and do this full time.

Patrons get periodic updates on my current project or focus. I'm as transparent about my activities as I can be while keeping the safety of others in mind.

If you would prefer to make a one-time donation or use a platform other than Patreon, I've also got a PayPal.

Thank you for your support. <3

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
219 patrons
You're awesome. I like you. Thank you for supporting me. You'll get updates, like where I'm going and what I'm working on next.
Pledge $500 or more per month
0 of 5 patrons
Pending approval and T&L, I'll speak at an event of your choice. Your employer, your dinner party, your usergroup, your conference. This must be scheduled at least a month in advance.