Journal of Online Trust and Safety

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Vol. 2 No. 3 (2024)
Published May 28, 2024
Special Issue on Online Harassment in Authoritarian and Semi-democratic States 

This special issue of the Journal of Online Trust and Safety, guest edited by Tongtong Zhang, brings together research on state-society collaboration for online harassment in authoritarian and semi-democratic regimes. It includes two papers on coordinated mass reporting of social media accounts for allegedly violating platform policies. Both papers leverage interviews with targets of harassment campaigns – a challenging task in repressive contexts – and examine the strategic ambiguity of the actors responsible for these campaigns. Additionally, the issue features an introductory essay that highlights how these tactics complement other pro-government repressive measures online. The Journal of Online Trust and Safety is grateful to the Omidyar Network for their generous support.

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