More Speakers Announced for Online Harassment Summit: SXSW Working to Build March 12 Agenda

Written by Hugh Forrest | Friday, Nov 13, 2015
More SXSW 2016 Online Harassment Summit Speakers Announced - Photos (l-r): Joanne St. Lewis (Photo credit Melanie Provencher), Michelle Dennedy, Rosalind Wiseman, Rosalind Wiseman, Elisa Lees Munoz, Juniper Downs (Photo courtesy Google), and Alon Bar David (Photo courtesy Red Button).

The Online Harassment Summit on Saturday, March 12 at SXSW 2016 is taking shape and will address a number of serious issues.

Featuring multiple sessions throughout a full day of programming, the summit will cover a variety of subjects including how government and lawmakers are handling online harassment, what various tech companies are doing to prevent and address it, and the societal and personal repercussions of this pervasive problem.

SXSW continues to work closely with a number of speakers and advisors - including previously announced speaker Congresswoman Katherine Clark - to help bring focus, clarity, and cultural diversity to all programming.

We're pleased to confirm that the “Level Up: Overcoming Harassment in Games” session featuring Randi Harper, Katherine Cross, and Caroline Sinders will be part of the March 12 Online Harassment Summit; additionally these nine experts from a variety of perspectives have been added to the lineup:

  • Susan Benesch (Founder of Dangerous Speech Project; also Berkman Center for Internet & Society)
  • Alon Bar David (Co-founder, Red Button)
  • Michelle Dennedy (Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer at Cisco)
  • Juniper Downs (Senior Policy Counsel, Google)
  • Maeve Duggan (Research Associate, Pew Research Center)
  • Elisa Lees Munoz (Executive Director, International Women’s Media Foundation)
  • Elisa Camahort Page (Chief Community Officer, SheKnows Media and BlogHer Co-Founder)
  • Joanne St. Lewis (Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law)
  • Rosalind Wiseman (Internationally recognized author and educator)

In addition to these new speakers, the date has been changed for the “SavePoint - A Discussion on the Gaming Community” session. This panel has now been moved to Tuesday, March 15.

More presenters will be announced as their participation is confirmed. Specific titles of sessions will also be announced in the coming weeks. All speakers and session titles subject to change. SXSW thrives on community feedback and brainstorms. Please contact with your ideas to help us continue to improve the event.

Photos (l-r): Joanne St. Lewis (photo by Melanie Provencher), Michelle Dennedy, Rosalind Wiseman, Elisa Lees Munoz, Juniper Downs (photo courtesy Google), and Alon Bar David (photo courtesy Red Button).