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About Glitch

Glitch is an award-winning UK charity ending online abuse  and championing digital citizenship. We have a particular focus on women and marginalised people. We were founded in 2017 by then local politician, Seyi Akiwowo, after she received a flood of abuse when a video of her speech at the European Parliament went viral. Through training, research, workshops and community building, we're building an online world that is safer for all.

We focus our effort on three key areas: Awareness, Advocacy and Action.

Awareness

Using campaigns and collaborations with partners—including universities, corporates and other charities—we work hard to highlight the problem of online abuse. You might also see us on TV, podcasts or on stage, speaking up about the impact it has on individuals and society, as well as solutions to tackle it.

Advocacy

We see ourselves as a ‘critical friend’ of the powerful forces in tech, law enforcement and privacy. This means working closely with the major social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and TikTok—so we can influence their policies and hold them to account when needed—as well as helping public institutions create better legislation to prevent and address online abuse.

Action

We want everyone to feel confident when navigating online and offline spaces – especially women and girls, who are disproportionately affected by discrimination. Through our educational work, we promote the concept of ‘digital citizenship’ and break down complex topics including online hate speech, online gender-based violence and information disorders. For more info, check out our free resources or read more about our paid workshops.

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Awareness

As part of the #DrawTheLine campaign, Glitch provided training to upskill the BT, EE & BT Sport teams to become good digital citizens. We helped to develop an algorithmic abuse tool to track the levels of abuse on Twitter, as well as shape new research which sadly confirms how increasingly unsafe our online spaces are.

Draw the Line
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Advocacy

We are campaigning to ensure that online abuse against women, and its disproportionate impact on racialised and minoritised communities, is reflected in the Online Safety Bill.

Our Campaigns
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Action

What's it like to work at Glitch? Interesting, innovative, impactful and more, that's what! Hear more from our team in our new blog.

What it’s like to work at Glitch