An All-Female team of programmers has begun a Kickstarter for their “Anti-Cyberbullying and Harassment” tool, SocialAutopsy. According to founder Candance Owens, based out of Sanford, SocialAutopsy is a tool fight against “cyberbullies” who use the First Amendment as their defense. When the team explained their reasoning behind the site, they said:
There have been so many amazing organizations before us who have made (and continue to make) significant strides and efforts to not only create awareness, but to push through to legislation to affect change. But we thought, “instead of trying to stop it, why don’t we try to capture it?”. Because what’s the number one defense people use when they are making awful, nasty comments online? “I’m exercising my first amendment rights”. Can’t argue that one, so let’s instead help them magnify those freedoms. Let’s launch a database where we capture them exercising those rights and create digital records for them that anyone can access. Yup. We consider ourselves to be patriots.
According to the team, the 70k will be going toward Summer interns and lawyers for when the site launches. On their current progress, they say:
Thus far we have worked to collect data and create about 22,000 profiles from individuals that are surprising all over the employment spectrum (doctors, teachers, lawyers, you name it). […] With your backing, we can expand our team of web analysts in order to create profiles at a faster rate, as our goal is to launch the database at 150,000 profiles.
However, many people have qualms over the intentions of the site. For example, Reddit user xKalisto on r/KotakuInAction criticized the Kickstarter, saying that:
There isn’t even clear idea about how the database is to be build up or what the proper plan is. It’s not really good for anything except for maybe for companies who have no right to your private life anyway.
SocialAutopsy is currently at 4% of its goal, with 33 days left to fund the project.