Sarah Parmenter, a web and user experience designer from the UK, spoke up recently about an incident when someone uploaded terrible fake photos of her during the time she was speaking as an industry leader at a prestigious conference. Six months after the event, she decided to break her silence on the unhappy incident. It's a powerful story with an unsatisfactory ending. It prompted others like relly and Leslie and Whitney to speak up as well, confirming that this storyline is still all too common in the tech world.
The timing of everything was carefully executed, they knew I was speaking at one of our industry’s best known conferences, ‘An Event Apart’ – they started to try and spam the feed ‘A Feed Apart’ on the day of my talk – they then tried, unsuccessfully, to post to the ‘An Event Apart’ Facebook feed during my talk, they setup a fake Twitter account and tried to at-reply my employers for that conference as well as high-profile twitter users I was associated with, to ensure they knew about the pictures and their existence.
Sarah Parmenter image used with permission
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