In January 2015, Zoë Quinn and Alex Lifschitz debuted Crash Override, an online anti-harassment task force. The organization provides crisis center support, ongoing assistance to victims, and community outreach and activism. The network is staffed by online abuse survivors such as Lifschitz and Quinn, the latter being the developer of Depression Quest and the original target of GamerGate.
In this interview, Quinn and Lifschitz discuss how Crash Override was designed to combat this new movement of hate, how to be proactive without being victim-blaming, the ways in which Crash Override will grow and be funded, and why the video game industry allowed GamerGate to happen.
Download the audio edition of this interview below or from iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, Mixcloud, Spoke, Overcast, acast, Pocket Casts, Castbox, TuneIn, RadioPublic, or the Internet Archive. Click past the jump for links to resources mentioned in this episode.
- Crash Override on Twitter & Tumblr
- GamerGate inspires Law & Order: SVU episode “Death Threats”
- Crash Override’s guide to preventing doxing
- Doxxing defense: Remove your personal info from data brokers (Computerworld)
- Zoë Quinn on Patreon
- Take This on Polygamer
- Brianna Wu’s legal defense fund
- Randi Lee Harper’s Good Game Autoblocker
- Anita Sarkeesian’s Feminist Frequency
- Kathy Sierra
- Palle Hoffstein of Ubisoft: “GamerGate has no economic clout.“
- Leigh Alexander’s Gamasutra article: “‘Gamers’ don’t have to be your audience. ‘Gamers’ are over.”
- Skitty is the best Pokémon