6 episodes

The Digital Public Interest (DPI) Collective podcast is a series-based production that explores the different ways that digital communication technologies contribute to the public interest, and the ways in which they undermine it. You'll hear conversations with scholars and industry experts on such topics as online abuse, misinformation, and more. This podcast is the brain child of Jaigris Hodson, Chandell Gosse, Victoria O’Meara, and Andrea Galizia. Find out more about the work of the DPI Collective on our website: https://www.dpicollective.com/

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The Digital Public Interest (DPI) Collective podcast is a series-based production that explores the different ways that digital communication technologies contribute to the public interest, and the ways in which they undermine it. You'll hear conversations with scholars and industry experts on such topics as online abuse, misinformation, and more. This podcast is the brain child of Jaigris Hodson, Chandell Gosse, Victoria O’Meara, and Andrea Galizia. Find out more about the work of the DPI Collective on our website: https://www.dpicollective.com/

    EP3 Harassment and abuse in games and gaming culture: Dr. Kishonna Gray and Dr. Emma Vossen

    EP3 Harassment and abuse in games and gaming culture: Dr. Kishonna Gray and Dr. Emma Vossen

    This episode features the insights and expertise of Games Studies scholars and gaming enthusiasts Dr. Kishonna Gray and Dr. Emma Vossen. Dr. Gray is an Associate Professor in Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky and Dr. Vossen is the Research Communications Officer for the Games Institute at the University of Waterloo. Both have written extensively about gaming and games culture from an intersectional feminist and critical perspective. In this episode Kishonna and Emma draw our attention to the broader structural violence that is at the heart of online abuse in gaming spaces and cultures. They explain why we shouldn’t expect platform companies to fix these problem and why we should be listening to black and indigenous women instead.

    You can find both Kishonna and Emma on Twitter @EquityinGaming and @emmahvossen

    Check out Kishonna’s latest book Intersectional Tech: Black Users in Digital Gaming, and watch out for Emma’s upcoming book Historiographies of Game Studies: What it Has Been, What it Could Be, which we’ll link to here when it becomes available.

    Below are some resources mentioned in the episode for anyone looking to learn more:


    Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate by Zoe Quinn
    Why Are You So Angry? by Innuendo Studios
    Q: Into the Storm, HBO Official Trailer

    Hosted by Dr. Chandell Gosse, Dr. Victoria O’Meara and Andrea Galizia

    Music by hungry hearts: https://hungryheartsrock.bandcamp.com/ 

    • 44 min
    EP4 Online abuse in the academy: A conversation with Dr. Abby Ferber

    EP4 Online abuse in the academy: A conversation with Dr. Abby Ferber

    In this episode, Chandell, Victoria, and Andrea speak to Dr. Ferber about the ways in which online abuse impacts Academics and Academic Institutions more broadly. Dr. Ferber, a professor in sociology and Associate Director of the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion, discusses how online abuse in the academy intersects with social categories such as race, gender, and political ideology.

    Below are some of Abby’s publications that were referenced in the episode:


    White Privilege: What Everyone Needs to Know
    The Matrix of Race
    White Man Falling: Race, Gender and White Supremacy
    Home-Grown Hate
    “Are You Willing to Die for This Work?” Public Targeted Online Harassment in Higher Education: SWS Presidential Address

    Additional resources mentioned in the episode for anyone looking to learn more:


    Rethinking Research Ethics, Power, and the Risk of Visibility in the Era of the “Alt-Right” Gaze by Adrienne Massanari: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2056305118768302
    Pew research article: https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2019/08/19/the-growing-partisan-divide-in-views-of-higher-education-2/

    Hosted by Dr. Chandell Gosse, Dr. Victoria O’Meara and Andrea Galizia

    Music by hungry hearts: https://hungryheartsrock.bandcamp.com/

    Learn more about Dr. Abby Ferber: https://sociology.uccs.edu/abby-ferber and The Knapsack Institute

    • 30 min
    EP5 Online abuse and the law: A conversation with law professor Suzie Dunn

    EP5 Online abuse and the law: A conversation with law professor Suzie Dunn

    In this episode we chat with law professor Suzie Dunn about the role legal remedies play in providing support for targets of TFVA.

    Here are links to learn more about some of the topics we discuss:


    The eQuality Project: www.equalityproject.ca
    Rehtaeh Parsons’ story: www.rehtaehparsons.ca/
    Amanda Todd’s story: www.amandatoddlegacy.org/
    Context about Gamergate: www.publicaffairsbooks.com/titles/zoe-quinn/crash-override/9781610398091/
    Clare McGlynn article: www.vox.com/first-person/2017/7/8/15934434/rob-kardashian-blac-chyna-revenge-porn-abuse
    Australia eSafety Commissioner: www.esafety.gov.au/
    R v. Fox: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-man-charges-revenge-website-1.5729791

    Hosted by Dr. Chandell Gosse, Dr. Victoria O’Meara and Andrea Galizia

    Music by hungry hearts: https://hungryheartsrock.bandcamp.com/

    Follow Suzie Dunn on Twitter @SuzieMDunn or check out her website: https://www.suziedunn.com/

    • 43 min
    EP6 Online abuse and education: Two conversations with Dr. Wanda Cassidy and Dr. George Veletsianos

    EP6 Online abuse and education: Two conversations with Dr. Wanda Cassidy and Dr. George Veletsianos

    This episode explores the impacts of online abuse on academic work. Professors Cassidy and Veletsianos each have explored online abuse in education. Cassidy explores how cyber bullying impacts students and faculty in both higher education and public education (K-12). Veletsianos has explored how online abuse impacts scholars in institutions of higher education. Cassidy commented on the overlap between gender, race, and incidents of online abuse or cyber bullying, and showed that online abuse or cyber bullying is not confined to youth or children, but impacts adults as well. And the stakes are high. As Veletsianos points out, online abuse has chilling effects which can leave the public less informed and have profound educational impacts even leading to misinformation. What we were really struck by in this episode was the similarities between the ways Cassidy and Veletsianos both advocate for more care and support to help address online abuse or cyber bullying. Cassidy uses the term “cyber kindness” as a way to mitigate online abuse. Both also emphasize the power of education as a way to address online abuse at every level.

    Hosted by Dr. Chandell Gosse, Dr. Victoria O’Meara and Andrea Galizia

    Music by hungry hearts: https://hungryheartsrock.bandcamp.com/

    Learn more about Dr. George Veletsianos: https://www.veletsianos.com/

    Learn more about Dr. Wanda Cassidy: https://www.sfu.ca/education/cels.html

    • 42 min
    EP2 Anti-trans hate online: A conversation with Abigail Curlew

    EP2 Anti-trans hate online: A conversation with Abigail Curlew

    In this episode, Chandell, Victoria, and Andrea speak with Abigail Curlew, a journalist and PhD candidate at Carleton University studying online anti-trans hate groups. In this conversation you’ll hear Abigail talk about her research on the communities, strategies, and values of online anti-trans hate groups; her efforts to bridge the divide by having tough conversations with TERFs online; some of her own experiences with online abuse; as well as the cultural shifts that need to happen in order for real change to take place. Watch out for her upcoming book, DIY Gender Police: Doxxing, (Trans)Misogyny, and the Blight of Far-Right Digital Abuse, which we’ll link to here when it becomes available.

    Follow Abigail on Twitter: @curlew_a and visit her Linktree to read her work.

    Below are some resources for anyone seeking more information on some of the issues discussed in this episode:


    What is Deadnaming?, Source: Healthline 
    Doxing, Source: Wikipedia
    Transmisogyny, Source: The Queer Dictionary
    Online Misogyny and Feminist Digilantism by Emma Jane, Source: Taylor & Francis Online

    Hosted by Dr. Chandell Gosse, Dr. Victoria O’Meara and Andrea Galizia

    Music by hungry hearts: https://hungryheartsrock.bandcamp.com/

    • 39 min
    EP1 Online abuse and journalism: Dr. Kaitlin Miller and Dr. Michelle Ferrier

    EP1 Online abuse and journalism: Dr. Kaitlin Miller and Dr. Michelle Ferrier

    Journalists are often taught to embrace the hostility that may come as a result of their reporting, because that means they are likely ‘doing something right’. But what impact does the harassment of journalists have on their ability to do their job and the type of news that gets reported? In this episode, we speak with Dr. Kaitlin Miller and Dr. Michelle Ferrier about the harms that online harassment of journalists can cause to journalists themselves, but also to society at large. Dr. Miller and Dr. Ferrier provide a candid account about how online harassment currently plays out in the field of journalism.

    Hosted by Dr. Chandell Gosse, Dr. Victoria O’Meara and Andrea Galizia

    Music by hungry hearts: https://hungryheartsrock.bandcamp.com/

    Learn more about Dr. Michelle Ferrier:
    http://www.troll-busters.com/

    Learn more about Dr. Kaitlin Miller:
    https://cis.ua.edu/cis-theme-staff/kaitlin-miller/

    • 48 min

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