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There Are No Girls on the Internet

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Marginalized voices have always been at the forefront of the internet, yet our stories often go overlooked. Bridget Todd chronicles our experiences online, and the ways marginalized voices have shaped the internet from the very beginning. We need monuments to all of the identities that make being online what it is. So let’s build them.

60 Episodes
Last week, Australian women spoke up after the beauty and wellness retailer Mecca announced Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow as the keynote speaker for their wellness event Mecca Life. Women rightly called out Gwyneth Paltrow’s particular brand of harmful misinformation that targets women. Paltrow profits off of peddling lies about women’s bodies. It’s not empowering - it’s harmful. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Bill and Melinda Gates are divorcing and the Wall Street Journal reported it is in part due to Bill meeting with convicted child sexual abuser Jeffrey Epstein.  We should talk about Epstein's ties to tech and it's a great time to be revist the story of Arwa Mboya, a Kenyan virtual reality programer and MIT student who was the first person to call for the head of MIT's Media Lab to step down because of his financial ties to Epstein.  Learn more about your ad-choices at
On Wednesday Facebook's Oversight Board upheld the decision to ban Trump from social media for now. Facebook has 6 months to decide if the decision will be permanent. Some may say banning Trump from social media is a free speech issue, but in a February episode of DISINFORMED, Nora Benavidez, Pen America's director of Free Expression Programs says they're wrong. Let's revisit why she says banning Trump from social media is not censorship.  Follow Nora: Learn more about your ad-choices at
TikTok is a hotbed of viral misinformation about trafficking. Jessica AKA BloodBathAndBeyond is trying to change that. You’re Wrong About’s Micheal Hobbes’ episode: Follow Jessica on TikTok: For more information about trafficking, check out the Polaris Project: Learn more about your ad-choices at
The New York Post published a viral lie about Kamala Harris’ children books Superheros are Everywhere being included in “welcome kits” to unaccompanied migrant children.  A climate where women in politics are disproportionately subjected to disinformation and lies harms us all. Here’s why.  Learn more about your ad-choices at
Odds are, you’re probably not going to be kidnapped and sold into sex trafficking in a Target parking lot in broad daylight. On the fantastic podcast You’re Wrong About, Michael Hobbes and Sarah Marshall debunk the thinking that leads to moral panics. Michael explains what we’re all getting wrong about trafficking and why it matters. Listen to You’re Wrong About: Learn more about your ad-choices at
A flurry of self proclaimed health, wellness, and spirituality influencers are using their social media platforms to push inaccurate information about vaccines causing miscarriages.    Read Dr. Gunter’s great piece on the link between vaccines and menstrual irregularities:   Listen of Ifeoma Ozoma’s episode (it’s one of my favorites!): Learn more about your ad-choices at
Sometimes called “The Manosphere,” a network of sexist, racist online communities are taking advantage of algorithms to indoctrinate young men into extreme ideology. Everyday Feminism creator Laura Bates researched these spaces for her book Men Who Hate: From Incels to Pickup Artists, the Truth about Extreme Misogyny and how it Affects Us All. Check out Laura’s book: Learn more about your ad-choices at
Nandini Jammi co founded Sleeping Giants, one of the most influential activist campaigns of the Trump era. But she was almost completely left out of the movement she helped build.  Nandini's Medium piece: Wired piece on Check My Ads: We'd love to hear from you! Learn more about your ad-choices at
This week, Daunte Wright, an unarmed Black man, was shot and killed by police in Brooklyn Center, MN. Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed by police while storming the Capitol on January 6th. After Daunte Wright’s death, far right bad actors on social media used his death to push distortions about the Insurrection. Text ENOUGH to 55165 or visit Color of Change for more info on how you can get involved: Learn more about your ad-choices at
A Saturday Night Live skit about Black folks not wanting the COVID vaccine sparked a conversation about vaccine hesitancy. But making Black folks the face of vaccines hesitancy isn’t actually accurate.  Check out the NPR piece on Black access to the COVID vaccine: Learn more about your ad-choices at
Harassment online is nothing new, but we’ve seen waves of women in journalism being harassed on social media just for doing their jobs.  Being targeted by an online harassment campaign can happen to anyone, whether you’re a public figure or not.  Writer and Lyz Lenz gives a practical crash course in how to prevent it.  Read Lyz’s piece When The Mob Came For Me: Learn more about your ad-choices at
TikTok star Addison Rae’s dance segment on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon sparked conversations about crediting Black creators online. For more on Black digital creators and credit, check out this episode of There Are No Girls on the Internet with digital creator Mars Sebastian: Learn more about your ad-choices at
Georgia’s massive new voting law is a response to lies, distortions and disinformation about the 2020 election. Independent journalist Anoa Changa breaks down what this means for Georgians and what comes next. Follow Anoa on Twitter: Check out Anoa’s amazing podcast: Read Anoa’s piece ‘That’s the Failsafe’: Georgia’s New Voting Law Does What Trump Couldn’t: Donate to the New Georgia Project: VOTE FOR DISINFORMED TO WIN A SHORTY AWARD: TANGOTI.COM/VOTE Learn more about your ad-choices at
This week, CEOs of Google, Facebook, and Twitter testified before Congress about misinformation on their platforms and Section 230. In this week’s episode, we heard from digital rights activist Evan Greer about why she fights to protect Section 230. Now, let’s revisit attorney Carrie Goldberg’s position on why she says Section 230 needs to be changed. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Musician and digital rights activist Evan Greer breaks down Section 230 and why she and other digital rights activists are fighting to preserve it. Follow Evan: Listen to Evan’s rad new album Spotify is Surveillance: Learn more about Fight for the Future: Listen to Carrie Goldberg’s episode of TANGOTI: VOTE FOR US FOR TO WIN A SHORTY AWARD: TANGOTI.COM/VOTE Learn more about your ad-choices at
Have you ever wondered about the origins of some of the digital symbols and icons we use in the world of technology? Bridget Todd shares the story of Susan Kare, the woman behind some of the most iconic designs woven into the fabric of what it looks like to use computers and the internet. And speaking of, what does needlepoint have to do with it? Listen to find out! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Archivist Sydette Harry wants to build a more accessible internet future, one where everyone can see themselves reflected. Read Sydette’s Wired piece Listening to Black Women: The Innovation Tech Can't Figure Out: Follow Sydette here: Questions? Comments? Just want to say hi? Learn more about your ad-choices at
To celebrate her birthday, Bridget honors one of her tech heroes, Estella Pyfrom, who brings technology to communities who need it most with Estella’s Brilliant Bus. IN HONOR OF BRIDGET’S BIRTHDAY, PLEASE DONATE TO ESTELLA’S BRILLIANT BUS: TANGOTI.COM/BUS If you’re moved by Estella’s story but can’t donate at this time, we’d love to donate in your honor! Hit us up at Learn more about Estella’s Brilliant Bus: Watch Estella’s Super Bowl ad: Learn more about your ad-choices at
Research is clear that Black women are disproportionately the targets of online harassment. And even though she’s rich and famous, the story Meghan Markle’s shared in her interview with Oprah is no different than the kinds of abuse that has been normalized against Black women for years. Want more info about how the media can spread biases about women public figures? Here’s a guide we made at UltraViolet: Did you watch Prince Harry and Meghan’s interview? Let us know what you thought at Learn more about your ad-choices at
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