My friend @sandro (who also was the W3C staff member on the Social Working Group as it turns out) has put together a chart about "ways to harm people online" (whether you agree all are harms, most are, and all are claimed as such) that I think is really useful:

What's interesting is that most of these are about harm caused by *distributing* information.

I have a lot of thoughts about which of these are preventable and how that I'd like to write up. Briefly, if we engineer our systems differently, I think column 1 can be mostly mitigated. It gets harder as we move to the right, and the upper right might be impossible to completely prevent in a decentralized system (but even there, some cooperative work can be done, but not as much)


(arguably, this is true even in a centralized system, and preventing these things through centralized control is usually constructed where only the powerful get to prevent anything)

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