Combating Toxicity, Harassment, and Abuse in Online Social Spaces: A Workshop at CHI 2023


Regan Mandryk (main contact) is a Canada Research Chair in Digital Gaming Technologies and Experiences and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan. Her work focuses on how people use playful technologies for social and emotional wellbeing, and how toxicity thwarts the connection and recovery benefits provided by multiplayer games.

Julian Frommel is an Assistant Professor in Interaction/Multimedia at Utrecht University. He is interested in the design and implementation of interactive digital systems that provide enjoyable, meaningful, safe, and healthy experiences for users, including research on how to mitigate negative effects of toxicity and harassment in online games and other digital spaces.

Nitesh Goyal leads research on tools designed to build AI responsibly at Google Research. His work has focussed on AI for social good for marginalized populations, including creating tools for journalists/activists to manage online harassment, tools that reduce biases during investigative sensemaking, and unpacking the role of data annotators’ identity that power the AI behind these tools and more.

Guo Freeman is an Assistant Professor of Human-Centered Computing at Clemson University. Her work focuses on how interactive technologies such as multiplayer online games, esports, live streaming, and social VR shape interpersonal relationships and group behavior; and how to design safe, inclusive, and supportive social VR spaces to combat emergent harassment risks especially for marginalized users.

Cliff Lampe is a Professor and Associate Dean in the University of Michigan School of Information. His work examines how the design of systems shape and are shaped by social processes like harassment, toxicity and extremism. That work has been focused on social media and collaborative creation sites.

Sarah Vieweg is currently a Staff Researcher at Cash App, formerly at Meta and Twitter. Her experience includes work on human rights issues, abuse and harassment, misinformation, violence among young people, child safety, and issues of trust in social media and fintech spaces.

Yvette Wohn is an associate professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her research uses a social support lens to examine how volunteer moderators and content creators work together in different types of online communities to proactively and reactively deal with online harassment and other forms of toxicity. Her work has led to design of new moderation tools and development of new hate speech detection algorithms.