As many as 11 prototypes of apps that concentrate on creating a safer online experience for women, were unveiled at a World Wide Web Foundation-organised series of workshops on policy design. The apps addressing online gender-based violence were created in the workshops consisting of 20-25 participants, including 2-3 representatives from each tech company from both product and policy teams, the non-profit organisation stated in a report released on June 28. Built on fictional platforms, the participants’ prototype apps were based on a set of personas that “aim to reflect the experiences of highly visible women online from around the world, whilst recognising that no set of personas can fully capture the complexities of those experiences, specific identities or contexts,” the report added. According to the Web Foundation, the policy designs of prototypes revolved around two major themes: Curation: Focused on giving women more control and choice over what they see online, when they see it, and how they see it. Reporting: Focused on improving the processes through which women report abuse. Here’s a list of all 11 prototype apps as described by the Web Foundation: Calm The Crowd Type of abuse: Calm The Crowd has been built primarily for users who have been the targets of an online mob. How it is addressed: When the prototype detects a spike in abuse, it nudges users to check their granular control settings. These settings help the user control who can see, share, comment, or reply to posts. Further, it also provides users…
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