Telling the many histories of online violence is incredibly difficult and fraught with risk. As Rebecca Richards writes having tried to find “a meaningful and safe way to collect data on the histories related to online violence, we have realized that there is no way to collect this data in a way that inspires trust between those participating in the collection or that protects those whose histories are being collected.”
You can read more about this effort at creating a history of resistance to digital and terrestrial violences in Richards’ piece “A Lot of Work and Nothing to Show for It But This Blog: Feminist Historiography and Online Violence.” This situation may change and we hope that we and others will find ways to make visible the long standing efforts of women of color, trans people, and digital content creators worldwide without putting these innovators at risk. In the meantime, you can read up on some of the issues by following the links below.
The law is a fundamentally conservative practice, one based on precedent and the procedures of due process. In many ways the legal ecosystem does not match that of the rapidly changing digital worlds that we inhabit and create. That said, there are some resources that you can consult. Please bear in mind that this is not legal advice but resource sharing.
The Cyber Civil Rights Initiative is an excellent topical resource.