Medium - Changing the Conversation: ‘Netizens’ Director Cynthia Lowen on Standing Up to Online Harassment
April 17, 2018
“There was this attitude that internet attacks were a ‘normal’ part of life online,” [director Cynthia Lowen] says. “And I really objected to that.”
The Village Voice - The Exceptionally Varied Gems of This Year’s Tribeca Film Festival
April 18, 2018
"Cynthia Lowen, who produced the disturbing 2011 doc Bully, scores another infuriating triumph with her directorial debut, Netizens, which follows three victims of online sexual harassment and defamation."
Rolling Stone - 20 Movies We Can't Wait to See at Tribeca Film Festival 2018
April 16, 2018
A forceful rebuke to legions of victim-shamers who use "it's her fault" as a mantra, this doc shows how the trio are respectively reclaiming their lives in an atmosphere where one’s "right" to privacy is considered by many to be a privilege.
Refinery29 - The Woman-Directed Films To Look For At The Tribeca Film Festival
April 16, 2018
"We're still figuring out the internet – how to exist on it, and how to regulate it. Women, especially, are impacted by cyber bullying and harassment."
EL ESPECTADOR -
La cara más real del abuso en internet
Feb. 18, 2017
"Toda esta problemática afecta principalmente a las mujeres. ¿Por qué? La respuesta más simple es porque esto no tiene que ver con la red: internet ha revelado la extensión de los prejuicios contra la mujer que hay en nuestras comunidades. No se trata de lo que está sucediendo en línea, no es un problema digital, sino de lo que pasa en la sociedad, lejos del computador."
BBC TRENDING - Should you be allowed to delete yourself from the internet?
Jan. 16, 2017
"'The ways women are targeted online are very different from the ways in which men are targeted online," Lowen says. 'When you take something like non-consensual pornography, women are by and large the majority of the targets... It is much easier to humiliate, harm, harass and destroy a woman's career [and] education through non-consensual pornography than it is for a man.'"
FORTUNE OP-ED - New Doc Reveals How Women’s Lives Are Ruined by Lies Spread Online
Dec. 14, 2016
"'In the same way site operators and search engines are developing tools to prevent fake news from being given parity with actual reportage, they must also disrupt the ways their platforms are being manipulated to abuse women.'"
HUFFINGTON POST – This Filmmaker Accidentally Exposed The Disturbing Underbelly Of Online Harassment
Dec. 15, 2016
“'There’s a long history of under-addressing crimes that disproportionately affect women, and that’s definitely the case here,” [Lowen] said. “The thing about online harassment is it’s not about the internet. It is really about the deep seated prejudices and discrimination that exists in our communities, period.'”
HUFFINGTON POST – Online Harassment Against Women In The Trump Era
"As Lowen, the director of Netizens has made clear, she hopes her film will 'debunk this idea that "Oh, it’s only the internet. Just turn off your computer. Just walk away." We need to change our attitudes about what is normal online and foster constructive digital citizenship.'"
GIRLTALK HQ – ‘Netizens’ Docu Follows The Next Frontier Of Civil Rights – The Fight Against Online Harassment
Dec. 6, 2016
"'What happens online is happening in our schools, on the streets of our communities, and reflect the power structures that minimize acts of violence that maintain the status quo. The internet is an incredible window into people’s attitudes and prejudices: what online harassment has exposed is just how much work remains to be done for justice, equality and civil rights.'"
TAKEPART.COM - How Online Harassment Can Cause Damage in Real Life
Nov. 18, 2016
“Online harassment is interfering with women’s ability to access all that the internet offers,” said Lowen. “It impacts their lives offline profoundly in terms of their economic potential, their education, their personal safety, their reputation, their mental health, and all of these sort of consequences.”