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Trawling the net to target internet trolls

Trawling the net to target internet trolls | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

A software tool capable of both collecting and then cutting through millions of online messages to identify radicalising groups, trolls, and cyberbullies has been created by a UK trolling expert and her team at Lancaster University.

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The Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) is funded by ESRC.

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Online abuse affects men and women differently – and this is key to tackling trolls

Online abuse affects men and women differently – and this is key to tackling trolls | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Video games, Jane Austen, and a Welsh footballer: it might seem these three have nothing in common, but all have been the basis for online abuse targeted specifically at women.


Of course, both men and women face harassment online, and some face it every day. But the cases involving Anita Sarkeesian and #GamerGate, Caroline Criado-Perez’s campaign for a woman on a British banknote, and threats towardChloe Madeley after her mother Judy Finnigan’s comments about footballer Ched Evans, raise the question of whether there is an essential difference between what women and men face online.

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Article co-written by Claire Hardaker, who receives ESRC funding for her work on Twitter rape threats and the discourse of online misogyny.

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Internet trolls face up to two years in jail under new laws

Internet trolls face up to two years in jail under new laws | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Internet trolls could face up to two years in jail under new laws, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said.

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The BBC News programme features an interview with Dr Claire Hardaker, a project leader at the ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), at Lancaster University. Feature at 7 minutes 57 seconds - 10 minutes 11 seconds.

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Losing the battle against online trolls

Losing the battle against online trolls | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

"The Internet may be losing the war against trolls. At the very least, it isn’t winning"

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Dr Claire Hardaker is funded by the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences (CASS) at Lancaster University. Her research in the field of social media looks at topics such as flaming, trolling, cyberbullying, and online grooming.


Article from Australian business industry news online, published   15 August 2014.

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2015: the year of the trolled?

2015: the year of the trolled? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, famously believed that his creation could be used to “iron out misunderstanding”. The prediction seems laughably naive today, particularly to every single one of the 3 billion people who have internet access.

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Article quotes Dr Claire Hardaker from the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS)

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Internet trolls will not be deterred by long prison sentences, Mary Beard warns

Internet trolls will not be deterred by long prison sentences, Mary Beard warns | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
TV historian who was abused by Twitter trolls says that sentences will not stop abuse as other high profile victims react to new sentences for the crime
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The article cites Dr Claire Hardaker, a project leader at the ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), at Lancaster University

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Internet trolls face longer sentences

Internet trolls face longer sentences | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
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The article cites Dr Claire Hardaker, a project leader at the ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), at Lancaster University

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Web trolls winning as incivility increases

Web trolls winning as incivility increases | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Hamilton Spectator, Ontario, Canada

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Dr Claire Hardaker is funded by the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences (CASS) at Lancaster University. Her research in the field of social media looks at topics such as flaming, trolling, cyber bullying, and online grooming.


Article originally published 16 August 2014.

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