Crash Override

Crash Override

How Gamergate (nearly) Destroyed My Life, And How We Can Win The Fight Against Online Hate

Book - 2017
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You've heard the stories about the dark side of the internet--hackers, #gamergate, anonymous mobs attacking an unlucky victim, and revenge porn--but they remain just that: stories. Surely these things would never happen to you. Zoe Quinn used to feel the same way. She is a video game developer whose ex-boyfriend published a crazed blog post cobbled together from private information, half-truths, and outright fictions, along with a rallying cry to the online hordes to go after her. They answered in the form of a so-called movement known as #gamergate--they hacked her accounts; stole nude photos of her; harassed her family, friends, and colleagues; and threatened to rape and murder her. But instead of shrinking into silence as the online mobs wanted her to, she raised her voice and spoke out against this vicious online culture and for making the internet a safer place for everyone. In the years since #gamergate, Quinn has helped thousands of people with her advocacy and online-abuse crisis resource Crash Override Network. From locking down victims' personal accounts to working with tech companies and lawmakers to inform policy, she has firsthand knowledge about every angle of online abuse, what powerful institutions are (and aren't) doing about it, and how we can protect our digital spaces and selves. Crash Override offers an up-close look inside the controversy, threats, and social and cultural battles that started in the far corners of the internet and have since permeated our online lives. Through her story--as target and as activist--Quinn provides a human look at the ways the internet impacts our lives and culture, along with practical advice for keeping yourself and others safe online.
Publisher: New York :, PublicAffairs,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781610398084
Characteristics: vii, 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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OPL_DavidD Oct 10, 2018

A thought provoking look at how online harassment can spiral. Quinn both gives her story and some good tips for protecting yourself from online abuse. She is able to look back at some traumatic events clearly and with a sense of humor.

KateHillier Feb 10, 2018

I literally woke up in the middle of the night from a nightmare that involved me being doxxed. It was terrifying. Zoe Quinn not only survived being doxxed but she was at the centre of the GameGate controversy back in 2014, when her personal life bled into her professional all thanks to breaking up with her then partner. The first part of the book is a horrifying tale of how it started, how she found out, and how little could be done for her. The rest of the book is more hopeful and practical about what is being done (Zoe and other women from this controversy and from prior and later ones have done a lot of work and founded many groups to help people who find themselves in these situation) and what you can do to protect yourself and be a better internet citizen in general.

samcmar Jan 17, 2018

This was such a valuable read regarding internet safety and combating online abuse. I learned so much from Quinn's personal story, but also loved that she provided a variety of tools and resources regarding how to keep yourself safe, especially given how toxic social media has become in the last few years. She's done some amazing work with her organization Crash Override and I am happy to hear she's making video games again. If you've never played Depression Quest, please do -- the message is so important.

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