[SIGCIS-Members] What happened on the list last year

James Sumner james.sumner at manchester.ac.uk
Thu Nov 29 00:22:26 PST 2018

Dear Joy

There's not much I can say that hasn't already been said well by others 
on this list, but I'd like to add my thanks to you for taking the 
decision to write and circulate this testimony, which to me was a 
sobering blend of the dispiritingly familiar and the truly shocking. It 
will be a real help in spreading awareness of how the people who do this 
operate and, I hope and believe, how they can be challenged.

On a happier note, I'm now most of the way through reading /A People's 
History/, and when I'm done will straight away be passing it on to a new 
PhD student who's at the literature review stage of a planned project on 
the Internet in public culture: your revised narrative of the growth of 
networked computing is going to be decidedly useful.

With all best wishes for the future,

On 28/11/2018 18:49, drjoy wrote:
> Hello SIGCIS Colleagues,
> First, thank you for your many on- and off-list messages of 
> congratulations and support for my book. I deeply appreciate them, 
> especially in the context of what I'm about to share.
> Those of you who were on the list last spring saw my work savaged by a 
> man named Brian Dear. Even then, I received on- and off-list messages 
> of support for my scholarship. But what happened publicly was only one 
> piece of a terrible, terrible year.
> Here is a fuller picture: 
> https://medium.com/@drjoy/why-im-firing-michigan-state-sexual-harassment-online-harassment-and-utter-institutional-6663a6bde68e
> SIGCIS as an organization did the right thing, and for that, I'm grateful.
> Regards,
> Joy
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