There is a body of research now gathering momentum highlighting the economic vandalism that is being done to women in an effort to destroy their careers. This will be one of the focuses of discussion at the forthcoming Cyber Health Summit – June 7-9, 2017 – online. Registration is free.
According to research, attacks, which begin online, may spill offline, just as attacks, which begin offline, may subsequently involve online dimensions. Some cases involve a combination of online and offline assaults from the outset.
Organized attempts to undermine or end people’s livelihoods are one of the many reasons cyber hate targets suffer economically and professionally. Women who withdraw or dramatically scale down their online engagement also pay a price in fiscal terms. Cyber hate targets may lose productivity or may lose their jobs altogether (Citron, 2014b)
In addition to those women subject to campaigns to have them fired (Doyle, 2011c), others are effectively tormented into unemployment and obscurity.
There are instances of senior professional women forgoing speaking engagements and book deals, as they are hounded off the Internet and lose key components to their own personal brand marketing for career purposes.
Stories such as these show the way gendered cyber hate can be seen as constituting a new form of workplace harassment that, thanks to the always on’ culture’ of contemporary employment – work often extends well beyond the office.
Online abuse and, abuse further married with offline abuse activity has the power to destroy women’s reputations in ways which have significant and ongoing repercussions for their future employment prospects.
Pew Research Center show that of those people targeted for physical threats and sustained harassment, about a third feel their reputations have been damaged (Duggan, 2014: 7).