All Internet Observatory News News July 29, 2021

Announcing the Journal of Online Trust and Safety

Stanford Internet Observatory launches a new open-access journal to feature cutting-edge research on online harm.
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Today the Stanford Internet Observatory and Professor Jeff Hancock announce the creation of a new journal: The Journal of Online Trust and Safety.

The Journal of Online Trust and Safety will be a cross-disciplinary, open access, fast peer-reviewed journal that publishes research on how consumer internet services are abused to cause harm and how to prevent those harms. The journal was conceived from a recognition that much of the cutting-edge research on online harm lacks an appropriate journal for publication. With this journal, we will bring together researchers in and outside of academia from diverse fields including communication, computer science, criminology, law, political science, psychology, public policy and sociology. The journal’s rapid review process will ensure that published work is timely and relevant. Issues may also include supplementary editorial pieces or journalistic investigations. Each year, the journal will release at least two general issues as well as one themed issue with an accompanying symposium. Priority topics for the journal include: 

  • Spam and fraud
  • Encryption
  • Hate speech and harassment 
  • Child exploitation and non-consensual intimate imagery 
  • Suicide and self-harm 
  • Incitement and terrorism 
  • Misinformation and disinformation 

The journal will be led by co-editors Jeff Hancock (Professor, Stanford’s Department of Communication), Alex Stamos (Director, Stanford Internet Observatory) and Shelby Grossman (Research Scholar, Stanford Internet Observatory). Elena Cryst (Assistant Director, Stanford Internet Observatory) will be the journal’s initial managing editor. Founding members of the editorial board include leading researchers across a wide range of disciplines who study topics related to online trust and safety.

Editorial Board:

  • Kevin Aslett, Center for Social Media and Politics, New York University 
  • Cody Buntain, New Jersey Institute of Technology 
  • Victoria Cosgrove, Stanford University School of Medicine 
  • Renée DiResta, Stanford Internet Observatory
  • Evelyn Douek, Harvard Law School 
  • Zakir Durumeric, Stanford University 
  • Laura Edelson, New York University Tandon School of Engineering
  • Hany Farid, University of California, Berkeley, School of Information 
  • Alex Feerst, Digital Trust & Safety Partnership 
  • Michelle Ferrier, Media Innovation Collaboratory
  • Giancarlo Fiorella, Bellingcat; University of Toronto
  • Camille Francois, Graphika
  • Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University School of Law 
  • Andy Grotto, Stanford University
  • Arthur Gwagwa, Utrecht University Ethics Institute
  • Laura Jákli, Harvard Society of Fellows 
  • Danaë Metaxa, Stanford University 
  • Tanu Mitra, University of Washington
  • Nate Persily, Stanford Law School; Stanford Cyber Policy Center 
  • Riana Pfefferkorn, Stanford Internet Observatory
  • Saiph Savage, Northeastern University; Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México 
  • David Thiel, Stanford Internet Observatory
  • Joshua A. Tucker, New York University, Center for Social Media and Politics, and Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia
  • Anna Van Meter, The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, Northwell Health; Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell 
  • Charlotte Willner, Trust & Safety Professional Association; Trust & Safety Foundation 

To be notified about journal updates, please sign up for Stanford Internet Observatory announcements. Questions about the journal can be sent to trustandsafetyjournal@stanford.edu. Submission information can be found below.

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