Omidyar Network supports the first of its kind Journal of Online Trust and Safety

Omidyar Network is pleased to announce its support of the Journal of Online Trust and Safety through a gift to its publisher, the Stanford Internet Observatory. This no-fee, fast peer review, and open-access journal is the first of its kind to elevate research and commentary about practices and policies in online trust and safety. The journal prioritizes submissions related to the handling of child exploitation and non-consensual intimate imagery, suicide and self-harm, incitement and terrorism, hate speech and harassment, spam and fraud, and misinformation and disinformation on private messaging and social media platforms.

At Omidyar Network, we believe in the promise of technological innovation. We also believe tools with this depth of political, economic, social, and cultural influence must be held to the highest standards of trustworthiness and safety. We have long supported the Stanford Internet Observatory in leading this charge, diving deep into the toughest and most important issues and studying the abuse of the internet in real-time. Their work to develop a novel cross-disciplinary curriculum on trust and safety in computer science and to translate research discoveries into training and policy innovations for the public good has resulted in 52 case studies, 10 peer-reviewed journal articles, and more than 30 op-eds in the last three years.

“Omidyar Network support for the Journal of Online Trust and Safety will enable the Stanford Internet Observatory to continue pushing forward cutting-edge research on internet abuse while ensuring this work remains open access and timely,” said Elena Cryst, deputy director at Stanford Internet Observatory.

“The Journal of Online Trust and Safety is helping to facilitate collaborative research, share the learning, and catalyze new innovation so that we, as a society, can maximize tech’s benefits, minimize its harms, and protect our human rights,” said Wafa Ben-Hassine, principal of Responsible Technology at Omidyar Network. “By openly examining what is happening on tech platforms, a wide group of stakeholders, including nonprofits, researchers, governments, technologists, and purpose-driven investors can align on and recommend important changes to the design and governance of the platforms so that they are fundamentally and enduringly trustworthy.”

Omidyar Network’s support will help Stanford Internet Observatory produce the quarterly journal for two years and facilitate the inclusion of more voices and research from outside the US and EU.

You can find all previous issues featured at @journalsafetech and And if you are interested in submitting a completed article or a letter of inquiry for the Spring 2023 issue, register on the website and follow the simple 5-step process. The deadline is October 31, 2022.