Digital Trust Foundation announces ‘digital abuse’ grants

by Digital Trust Foundation

The Digital Trust Foundation today announced $1.6 million in grants for research, education, and support focused on understanding, preventing, and responding to digital abuse. The grants will go to emerging and established leaders in the field.

“Cyberbullying, cyberstalking, and other forms of digital abuse are far too common,” said Larry Magid, Digital Trust Foundation board member and CEO and co-founder. “The research grants will expand what we know about who experiences and perpetrates digital abuse. We also funded groups working to prevent digital abuse and to support victims and institutions in responding to digital abuse.”

Three of the grants will go toward digital abuse prevalence research, including a nationally-representative survey of youths’ and adults’ experiences with cyberstalking and digital domestic violence. Two projects will address digital abuse in the school environment: one will help students prevent digital abuse and the other will help schools respond to digital abuse. One grantee will release an online platform for digital abuse victims seeking support. Finally, three grantees will focus on how laws and the legal system protect digital abuse victims.

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The Digital Trust Foundation board of directors allocated funding to four program areas: (1) Privacy Education for Youth; (2) Understanding Socioeconomic Status and Online Privacy and Security; (3) Assessing, Preventing, and Addressing Digital Abuse; (4) General Funding for Promotion of Online Privacy, Safety, and Security. As of June 2015, the Foundation has completed its grantmaking.

The directors of the Digital Trust Foundation are Erin Egan, Chris Hoofnagle, and Larry Magid.