Bridget Todd explains how bad actors use the internet to target and silence marginalized people, especially Black women. Excluding them from discourse and desensitizing us to sexist, racist attacks makes us all less safe. Bridget talks with people who have been the targets of coordinated attacks, activists who are fighting back, and experts to help break down the deliberate agenda behind it.
Digital Defiance with B the Way Forward's Brenda Darden Wilkerson
47:06Tech shapes almost every aspect of our daily lives. And yet the tech we use has been controlled by a select few for far too long. On the new show B the Way Forward, Bridget talks to AnitaB.org's President and CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson about challenging this disparity head-on. Let’s reclaim our digital agency, redefine tech, and create a future where those who create tech truly mirror the faces of those who use it.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ifeoma Ozoma: The Woman Who Is Trying to Make Tech Safer, Even If It Costs Her
1:06:19Ifeoma Ozoma has spent her career trying to make the internet safer. At Pinterest, she created clear content policies that earned the company praise. In return, she was targeted and doxxed by a white supremacist colleague, and then retaliated against by management when she spoke up. She talks with Bridget about the Sisyphean struggle of Black women trying to make a difference.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Cecelia Lewis: The Manufactured Moral Panic Around Critical Race Theory
1:06:45Bridget is joined by James Stout to discuss Cecilia Lewis, a Maryland educator who was targeted and run out of Georgia after being hired to lead a DEI program in Cherokee County schools, thanks to a cooked up moral panic about Critical Race Theory. "Why the Black Educator Forced Out Over Bogus Critical Race Theory Claims Agreed to Share Her Story": https://www.propublica.org/article/cecelia-lewis-educator-cherokee-georgiaSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Meghan Markle: Inside the Racist, Sexist Online Hate Campaign Targeting the Royals
1:08:20Bridget is joined by BuzzFeed's Ellie Hall to discuss the online hate campaign facing Meghan Markle and the harassment Ellie herself has faced for reporting on it. Refinery 29's: "I Went Undercover In The Sinister World Of Meghan Markle Hate Accounts" Ellie’s viral BuzzFeed piece about Royal double standards (all of her reporting is great though!):"People Are Once Again Calling Out A Royal Double Standard After Harry And Meghan Got Attacked For Holding Hands At The Queen’s Lying-In-State"See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Part Two: Why Trump Targeted Two Black Election Workers
38:31Ruby Freeman & Shaye Moss are heroes for their testimony before the Jan 6th commission, but they shouldn’t have to be. In part two of this episode, Bridget continues her conversation with The Daily Zeitgeist’s Miles Gray, discussing what happened when the disgraced president and the right wing digital media ecosystem coalesced to attack Black women for simply doing their jobs as poll workers during the 2020 election.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Part One: Why Trump Targeted Two Black Election Workers
36:29Ruby Freeman & Shaye Moss are heroes for their testimony before the Jan 6th commission, but they shouldn’t have to be. The Daily Zeitgeist’s Miles Gray joins Bridget to discuss what happened when the disgraced president and the right wing digital media ecosystem coalesced to attack Black women for simply doing their jobs as poll workers during the 2020 election.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Bonus Episode - Elon Musk’s "Twitter Files" Are A Whole Lot of Nothing
50:30On her other tech podcast There Are No Girls on the Internet, Bridget explored how Elon Musk keeps trying to make fetch happen with the “Twitter Files,” by releasing internal Twitter emails about content moderation decisions on the platform before he took over as CEO. But here’s why it’s not the bombshell he says it is.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Why is Kanye West Trying to Bring Milo Back? w/ Robert Evans
48:38The last few weeks online have been pretty interesting. Bridget is joined by Behind the Bastards’ Robert Evans, to talk though the whackamole of extremists popping back up online and off.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.