UCLIC Research Seminar Series
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Toxicity, hate, and harassment are increasingly problematic and widespread in online spaces, such as social media, social VR, and online multiplayer games. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reports high numbers for the prevalence of harassment, including 40% to 83% of Americans experiencing harassment on social media or in games. These behaviours have a multitude of adverse effects on platform providers (e.g., increased churn) and users (e.g., causing distress). In this talk, I will provide an overview of this topic and challenges that we need to overcome to combat toxicity, hate, and harassment in online games and other spaces. Then, I provide an overview of existing and our own work contributing to overcoming these challenges and contributing to safe and healthy online spaces.
Julian Frommel is an assistant professor in Interaction/Multimedia at Utrecht University. He holds a doctorate degree (Dr. Rer.-Nat.) in computer science from Ulm University. His research in human-computer interaction and human-centered AI investigates the benefits and harms of interactive systems. 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 spaces.