Crash Override Network

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About

The Crash Override Network is a supposed “online harassment task force” created by Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz who's supposed goal is to provide “resources, outreach, and support to combat mob hatred and harassment". In August 2016 a set of chat logs were leaked by a former CON member. These leaks revealed that CON was less of a support group and more of a harassment group than they claimed GamerGate to be.

History

The Crash Override Network was founded by Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz in early 2015. After supposed "harassment" by GamerGate Zoe decided to create an "anti-online harassment" network. CON's stated goal according to their website states:

 "Online Abuse is a broad topic that can mean many things to many people, so it's important to know what exactly we're well-equipped to handle. We take a multi-pronged approach that involves working with individuals, tech partners, law enforcement agencies, and legislatures. With each one of these groups, our network currently specializes in preventing and combatting the following issues: Nonconsensual Intimate Images (Sometimes Known as Revenge Porn) Hacking and Online Security Stalking and Surveillance Doxing (Circulation of Private Information) Swatting (Endangering People by Using False Police Reports) Impersonation Threats & Harassment Mob-Based Harassment Online Hate Groups"[1]

Initial Endorsements and Exposure

Soon after CON was created, it recieved a number of official endorsements from a few different organizations. Two of the most notable being IGDA and Twitter. A January 18th, 2015 IGDA guide to online harassment lists CON as a resource to for help when targeted by online harassment.[2] Similarly, on May 20th, 2015 Twitter Safety (@safety) made a tweet endorsing an article on CON's tumblr account about account security. Twitter Safety referred to CON as one of their "Partners" which indicated Twitter's endorsement of CON.[3] CON also recieved an overwhelming amount of exposure when it was created with at least 40 articles written about it. In publications ranging from The Mary Sue and The Verge to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, with the general theme being that Zoe Quinn is striking back after her terrible ordeal at the hands of GamerGate.[4]

Financing

CON was initially funded through direct donations through their website as well being Zoe Quinn's primary activity on Patreon for over 17 months.[4][5] As of March 1st, 2016 CON was officially fiscally sponsored by none other than Feminist Frequency. While still accepting donations, it appears as if Feminist Frequency is the main source of CON's funding.

Publication Title Author Publication Date Archived Version
Ars Technica Doxing victim Zoe Quinn launches online “anti-harassment task force” Sam Machkovech 19 January 2015 20:43 UTC (1)
BBC Gamergate abuse target starts help site Kevin Rawlinson 21 January 2015 12:38 UTC (1)
Bostinno Zoe Quinn Launches an Anti-Harassment Task Force in the Wake of GamerGate Rebecca Strong 20 January 2015 3:02 p.m. (1)
The Business Journals Zoe Quinn crowdfunded 'Crash Override' with Patreon Michael del Castillo 20 January 2015 21:23 UTC (1)
Camel City Dispatch Crash Override Pushes Back Against #Gamergate Trolls Michael A. Wiseman 20 January 2015 12:26 p.m. (1)
Computerworld After death threats, Gamergate target starts group to fight online harassment Fred O'Connor 20 January 2015 20:39 UTC (1)
CS Monitor Online harassment targets strike back against abusers. Will it work? Jessica Mendoza 20 January 2015 (1)
Engadget GamerGate target starts online harassment prevention program Timothy J. Seppala 21 January 2015 (1)
Gamesindustry.biz Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz found Crash Override Dan Pearson 19 January 2015 09:30 UTC (1)
The Guardian Gamergate targets launch anti-harassment network Alex Hern 19 January 2015 13:54 UTC (1)
MCV Zoe Quinn establishes support service for GamerGate victims Ben Parfitt 19 January 2015 15:17 UTC (1)
Naked Security Gamergate target Zoe Quinn launches network to battle online harassment Lisa Vaas 20 January 2015 (1)
The National Monitor Gamergate targets launch Crash Override Network to support online abuse victims Agustin Guerrero 21 January 2015 (1)
PC Gamer GamerGate Targets Launch Online Abuse Support Network Stephanie Mlot 21 January 2015 3:40 p.m. (1)
Play.tm Crash Override anti-harassment support network founded by Zoe Quinn and Alex Lifschitz launches Ewan Aiton 21 January 2015 12:23 UTC (1)
Raw Story Gamergate target Zoe Quinn launches ‘Crash Override’ anti-harassment network Alex Hern 19 January 2015 16:53 UTC (1)
Silicon Republic Gamergate target Zoe Quinn creates online anti-harassment network Colm Gorey 20 January 2015 16:35 UTC (1)
Slashdot Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force" AmiMoJo 20 January 2015 7:37 p.m. (1)
Techaeris Gamergate Victim Launches “Crash Override” Support Network Jason Bouwmeester 21 January 2015 (1)
The Telegraph #Gamergate: Victim of video games trolling launches anti-harrassment network Claire Cohen 21 January 2015 13:46 UTC (1)
The Verge Crash Override wants to help survivors of Gamergate and other online abuse T.C. Sottek 17 January 2015 9:56 a.m. (1)
The Westside Story Gamergate Targets Launch Crash Override Network Online Abuse Support System Ambika Choudhary Mahajan 21 January 2015 2:22 p.m. (1)
Wired Gamergate Target Zoe Quinn Launches Anti-Harassment Support Network Laura Hudson 20 January 2015 9:55 a.m. (1)

Controversies

CON Leaks

In August of 2016, logs from a CON Skype chat were leaked to Bro Team Pill who proceeded to leak them to the general public.[6] The logs were confirmed to be authentic by numerous people involved, including Ian Miles Cheong,[7] Peter Coffin, and Randi Harper.

The logs revealed an extensive amount of unethical behaviour, ranging from simple harassment, to colluding to get pro-GG people fired, to admitting that a prominent figure of anti-GG attempted to frame people with child pornography.

Participants

Unsorted Links

https://archive.fo/HgmnS

https://archive.fo/z53cb

https://archive.fo/vAyhr

https://archive.fo/ZmxT

https://archive.fo/G2531


See Also

ZachAttack

References

  1. https://archive.fo/LTLPg Crash Override Network About
  2. https://archive.fo/CFKSA#selection-2373.0-2375.165 IGDA Online Harassment Resource
  3. https://archive.fo/HcgFe Pastebin of Articles Covering CON
  4. 4.0 4.1 https://archive.fo/e5ZNe Zoe Quinn Patreon, 22nd, January 2015
  5. http://archive.is/rwyoB Zoe Quinn Patreon, 8th, March 2017
  6. https://app.box.com/s/vckqyukxxuc45f0xxbaz1aeinni289q8 Host of the .rar file which contains the leaked chat logs
  7. https://archive.fo/YflJz