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 Sep 15, 2020


Marginalized voices have always been at the forefront of the internet, yet our stories often go overlooked. Bridget Todd chronicles our experiences online, and the ways marginalized voices have shaped the internet from the very beginning. We need monuments to all of the identities that make being online what it is. So let’s build them.

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DISINFORMED: Boys are being radicalized by sexist, racist online networks and she went undercover to expose them
Sometimes called “The Manosphere,” a network of sexist, racist online communities are taking advantage of algorithms to indoctrinate young men into extreme ideology. Everyday Feminism creator Laura Bates researched these spaces for her book Men Who Hate: From Incels to Pickup Artists, the Truth about Extreme Misogyny and how it Affects Us All. Check out Laura’s book:
Apr 20, 2021
TANGOTI Classic: She built a movement to take on Breitbart
Nandini Jammi co founded Sleeping Giants, one of the most influential activist campaigns of the Trump era. But she was almost completely left out of the movement she helped build.  Nandini's Medium piece: Wired piece on Check My Ads: We'd love to hear from you!
Apr 16, 2021
DISINFORMED: Stop comparing Ashli Babbitt and Daunte Wright
This week, Daunte Wright, an unarmed Black man, was shot and killed by police in Brooklyn Center, MN. Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed by police while storming the Capitol on January 6th. After Daunte Wright’s death, far right bad actors on social media used his death to push distortions about the Insurrection. Text ENOUGH to 55165 or visit Color of Change for more info on how you can get involved:
Apr 14, 2021
DISINFORMED: What that SNL skit on Black folks and vaccines got wrong
A Saturday Night Live skit about Black folks not wanting the COVID vaccine sparked a conversation about vaccine hesitancy. But making Black folks the face of vaccines hesitancy isn’t actually accurate.  Check out the NPR piece on Black access to the COVID vaccine:
Apr 09, 2021
So you’re the target of an online hate campaign. Now what?
Harassment online is nothing new, but we’ve seen waves of women in journalism being harassed on social media just for doing their jobs.  Being targeted by an online harassment campaign can happen to anyone, whether you’re a public figure or not.  Writer and Lyz Lenz gives a practical crash course in how to prevent it.  Read Lyz’s piece When The Mob Came For Me:
Apr 06, 2021
Why everyone is mad at Jimmy Fallon and Addison Rae
TikTok star Addison Rae’s dance segment on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon sparked conversations about crediting Black creators online. For more on Black digital creators and credit, check out this episode of There Are No Girls on the Internet with digital creator Mars Sebastian:
Apr 02, 2021
DISINFORMED: In Georgia, disinformation is now law
Georgia’s massive new voting law is a response to lies, distortions and disinformation about the 2020 election. Independent journalist Anoa Changa breaks down what this means for Georgians and what comes next. Follow Anoa on Twitter: Check out Anoa’s amazing podcast: Read Anoa’s piece ‘That’s the Failsafe’: Georgia’s New Voting Law Does What Trump Couldn’t: Donate to the New Georgia Project: VOTE FOR DISINFORMED TO WIN A SHORTY AWARD: TANGOTI.COM/VOTE
Mar 30, 2021
DISINFORMED: Tech CEOs testify before Congress + Carrie Goldberg on Section 230
This week, CEOs of Google, Facebook, and Twitter testified before Congress about misinformation on their platforms and Section 230. In this week’s episode, we heard from digital rights activist Evan Greer about why she fights to protect Section 230. Now, let’s revisit attorney Carrie Goldberg’s position on why she says Section 230 needs to be changed.
Mar 26, 2021
DISINFORMED: Understanding Section 230 with Evan Greer
Musician and digital rights activist Evan Greer breaks down Section 230 and why she and other digital rights activists are fighting to preserve it. Follow Evan: Listen to Evan’s rad new album Spotify is Surveillance: Learn more about Fight for the Future: Listen to Carrie Goldberg’s episode of TANGOTI: VOTE FOR US FOR TO WIN A SHORTY AWARD: TANGOTI.COM/VOTE
Mar 23, 2021
There Are No Girls on the Internet x Stuff Mom Never Told You
Have you ever wondered about the origins of some of the digital symbols and icons we use in the world of technology? Bridget Todd shares the story of Susan Kare, the woman behind some of the most iconic designs woven into the fabric of what it looks like to use computers and the internet. And speaking of, what does needlepoint have to do with it? Listen to find out!
Mar 19, 2021
DISINFORMED: The Future of the Internet with Sydette Harry
Archivist Sydette Harry wants to build a more accessible internet future, one where everyone can see themselves reflected. Read Sydette’s Wired piece Listening to Black Women: The Innovation Tech Can't Figure Out: Follow Sydette here: Questions? Comments? Just want to say hi?
Mar 16, 2021
How Estella’s Brilliant Bus is bridging the digital divide + Bridget’s Birthday
To celebrate her birthday, Bridget honors one of her tech heroes, Estella Pyfrom, who brings technology to communities who need it most with Estella’s Brilliant Bus. IN HONOR OF BRIDGET’S BIRTHDAY, PLEASE DONATE TO ESTELLA’S BRILLIANT BUS: TANGOTI.COM/BUS If you’re moved by Estella’s story but can’t donate at this time, we’d love to donate in your honor! Hit us up at Learn more about Estella’s Brilliant Bus: Watch Estella’s Super Bowl ad:
Mar 13, 2021
DISINFORMED: Meghan Markle has been the target of a racist harassment campaign
Research is clear that Black women are disproportionately the targets of online harassment. And even though she’s rich and famous, the story Meghan Markle’s shared in her interview with Oprah is no different than the kinds of abuse that has been normalized against Black women for years. Want more info about how the media can spread biases about women public figures? Here’s a guide we made at UltraViolet: Did you watch Prince Harry and Meghan’s interview? Let us know what you thought at
Mar 10, 2021
DISINFORMED: What Vanessa Guillen can teach us about disinformation
A few weeks ago, we spoke to Meghna Mahadevan, Chief Disinformation Defense Strategist at United We Dream, the country’s largest immigrant youth led organization, about how bad actors inflame existing tensions between communities to spread chaos and distrust. The tragic death of Mexican American soldier Vanessa Guillen is a good example. On this ep, we’ll revisit her story and how it was used to fuel hateful distortions online. Listen to Meghna’s full episode: More about the Latino Disinfo Lab: Questions? Comments? Just wanna say hi? If you wanna help us grow please rate and review on Apple Podcasts and don’t forget to subscribe (it really does help!)
Mar 05, 2021
DISINFORMED: Meet the activist using data science to fights Nazis
Activist Emily Gorcenski uses her data science background to track and combat Nazis and white supremacists. She explains why the dangerous work of resistance has often fallen to women. Follow Emily on Twitter: First Vigil: Question? Comments? Just wanna say jambo / hola / hello? ( If you’re reading this far, why not take a moment to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts? It actually will help us grow. )
Mar 03, 2021
DISINFORMED: Republicans are leaning into transphobia
Next week, we’ll hear from Emily Gorcenski, an activist who uses her data science background to fight Nazis (seriously!) This work isn’t easy and Emily faces transphobic attacks on her identity as a trans woman. This, unfortunately, isn’t an isolated thing. Just this week, Rand Paul and insurrection enthusiast Marjorie Taylor Green both attacked trans people to score ideological points. In this preview of our conversation, Emily explains how this is used as a deliberate strategy to cause harm to trans folks.
Feb 26, 2021
DISINFORMED: Immigrant communities are facing a flood of disinformation
Meghna Mahadevan is Chief Disinformation Defense Strategist at United We Dream, the country’s largest immigrant youth led organization. She explains how dis and mis information is threatening immigrant communities and how immigrant youth are fighting for a more just digital media landscape. Learn more about United We Dream: Join me on Clubhouse Friday, Feb 26th:
Feb 24, 2021
DISINFORMED: Facebook’s bans news in Australia is silencing activists
Facebook’s hasty ban on all news content in Australia has already had far reaching consequences. Digital organizer and founder of OrganiseUs, Tabatha Fulker, explains the impact this is already having on digital activists in Australia. Follow Tabatha on Twitter: Learn more about OrganiseUs: Here’s Bridget and Tabatha in Melbourne, Australia for OrganiseUs’ annual intensive for Australian human rights and climate activists: Questions? Comments? Just wanna say jambo/ hola / hello?
Feb 21, 2021
Pay Us What You Owe: Why Black Women in Tech are Tired
Ifeoma Ozoma pioneered groundbreaking work to keep dangerous health misinformation off Pinterest, even before we were in a pandemic. But it came at great cost to her own health and safety. Follow Ifeoma: Listen to the full TANGOTI episode about Ifeoma and Color of Change’s work on Pinterest and slave plantation wedding venues: Questions? Comments? Just wanna say jambo/ hola / hello? Follow Bridget on Instagram at @BridgetMarieinDC and on Twitter @BridgetMarie
Feb 17, 2021
DISINFORMED: Slowing down on Social Media
In this week’s episode, Pen America’s Nora Benavidez talked about how slowing down on social media is a concrete step anyone can take to curb disinformation. Even the most extremely online can get fooled into sharing inaccurate information online. On this short mini ep, host Bridget talks about the time she shared something dubious. That Viral Tweet About Suicide Rates in the Pandemic Is Wrong and Dangerous: Best Practices and Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide: Listen to Nora’s full episode: Questions? Comments? Just wanna say jambo? Hit us up at Need support? The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is here for you 24/7: 800-273-8255
Feb 13, 2021
DISINFORMED: Is kicking Trump off Twitter censorship? (Spoiler: IT’S NOT)
It's the first day of Trump’s second impeachment trial. And no matter what happens, it’s clear he used social media to threaten our democracy with disinformation. Nora Benavidez, civil rights attorney and director of Pen America’s US Free Expression Programs, explains how so many are getting it wrong when it comes to platforms and free speech and how we could all benefit from just slowing down online. Follow Nora: Check out Pen’s how-to guide on talking to your family about misinformation: Questions? Comments? Just wanna say jambo? Hit us up at
Feb 09, 2021
DISINFORMED: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is facing a coordinated disinfo attack
AOC took to Instagram Live to share her story of being in the Capitol complex during the insurrection. But now she's at the center of a coordinated right wing disinformation attack. Digital organizer Leslie Mac explains the double edged sword of being a political woman of color in the public eye comes disinformation campaigns and harassment.  Follow Leslie: AOC's IG Live: out UltraViolet's disinformation media guide:
Feb 06, 2021
DISINFORMED: Why "Jewish Space Lasers" are no laughing matter
The internet laughed at Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green's unfounded conspiracy theory that laser beams from space controlled by the Rothschild banking firm caused California's wildfires. Yes, she's ridiculous, but it also shows how dangerous it is when disinfo traffics in lies, distortions, and bias about identity.   Anti-semitic, racist disinformation can spread via memes and other online content. But science communicator and prolific TikToker Abbie Richards is fighting back. Check out Abbie’s conspiracy theory chart: And the Star Wars adaptation: Follow Abbie on Tik Tok: Questions? Comments? Wanna say howdy?
Feb 02, 2021
TANGOTI Classic: How Black Women Tried to Save Twitter
On this week's episode of DISINFORMED, Shireen Mitchell explored how Black women were among the first to speak up about the threat posed by disinformation, including Shafiqah Hudson. In this "best of" episode from July, we talk to Shafiqah about how she uncovered a coordinated network of bad actors pretending to be Black women on Twitter to spread disinformation and confusion. After tech leaders failed to act, Shafiqah worked to stamp them out herself.
Jan 29, 2021
DISINFORMED: Black women tried to tell you
Black women have been sounding the alarm about the threat posed by disinformation for years. But people with power weren’t listening. Shireen Mitchell, founder of Stop Online Violence Against Women, wants to know why. Follow Shireen:
Jan 26, 2021
DISINFORMED: How'd we get here?
Melissa Ryan, extremism and disinformation expert, joins Bridget to talk about how disinformation and conspiracy theories led to the riots at the Capitol and where we go from here. Subscribe to Melissa's newsletter, Ctrl Alt-Right Delete:
Jan 19, 2021
Introducing: Disinformed
On the heels of the insurrection at the Capitol, There Are No Girls on the Internet introduces Disinformed, a new series chronicling how the spread of dangerous disinformation got us here and the underrepresented organizers, researchers, and culture-creators trying to stop it.  Subscribe on iHeartRadio, Apple podcasts, Spotify or whenever you get your podcasts.
Jan 19, 2021
BONUS: Esports is for Everyone
Who doesn't love video games? We all play them, yet women and communities of color can be shut out of the business end of this increasingly lucrative industry.  Dr. BerNadette Lawson-Williams developed the first esports management program at a Historical Black College to make sure gaming and esports are for everybody. 
Nov 12, 2020
Preserving our Voices with Jocelyn Robinson
It’s a shame to think about audio of some of the most influential civil rights leaders collecting dust in a basement somewhere. Preservationist and audio producer Jocelyn Robinson has made preserving the audio archives at HBCUs her mission.
Nov 10, 2020
We Won’t Forget Lynika Strozier
Lynika Strozier was a promising scientist who died of COVID at age 35. Her friend and colleague Dr. Corrie Moreau remembers her friend and talks about efforts to keep Lynika’s legacy alive. Read more about Lynika: Gofund me for Lynika: We hope you enjoyed season 1 of TANGOTI. We’re taking a break but watch this space because we’ll be back with more real soon. In the meantime, say hi at
Oct 20, 2020
Native People Are #NotYourMascot
Why is Washington DC's professional football team changing their offensive name? In part because of people like Jacqueline Keeler, who helped create the #NotYourMascot movement. Go to Pollen Nation's Facebook page to check out Jacqueline's podcast: Follow Jacqueline on Twitter:
Oct 14, 2020
The Black Women Fighting Climate Injustice
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist turned climate activist. Here's why she has hope for the future.  Get Dr. Johnson's book: to Dr. Johnson's podcast:
Oct 06, 2020
BONUS: Behind the Netflix Cuties Controversy
Here's a quick rundown of the controversy behind Netflix's new film Cuties. The Netflix Movie "Cuties" Has Become The Latest Target Of #SaveTheChildren Conspiracy Theorists: Did you see the film? Let us know what you think at
Oct 03, 2020
Why We're All Burnt Out
This episode is a little different than the usual ones. Bridget is feeling out of sorts and is joined by Anne Helen Peterson, author of Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation and editor of Substack's Culture Study to talk about why so many of us are feeling burnt out and what can be done about it. Get Anne's book: How Work Became an Inescapable Hellhole : How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation: Check out Anne’s Substack Culture Study:
Sep 30, 2020
Don't Have a Wedding on a Plantation
Jade Magnus Ogunnaike from the Color of Change explains their work to get major wedding websites like Zola and Pinterest to change how they deal with plantations as wedding venues. 
Sep 22, 2020
She built a movement to take on Breitbart. Now she's finding her voice.
Nandini Jammi co founded Sleeping Giants, one of the most influential activist campaigns of the Trump era. But she was almost completely left out of the movement she helped build.  Nandini's Medium piece: Wired piece on Check My Ads:  We'd love to hear from you!
Sep 15, 2020
Missy Elliott: Digital Innovator
Let's take a little break from the depressing newscycle and talk about the iconic Missy Elliott and how she's been changing the digital game since the very beginning.  Check out the video for The Rain: “Supa Dupa Fly: Black Women as Cyborgs in Hiphop Videos" by Dr. Shaviro: "Missy Elliott" with Margot and Richie Tenenbaum, Halloween 2008:
Sep 09, 2020
Big Tech and Their Responses to Black Lives Matter
Everything feels awful right now, but it's not all doom and gloom. Employees at big tech companies like Facebook are pushing platforms to be better and they might just be one of our best resources. Catherine Bracy, founder of the TechEquity Collaborative, explains how tech staffers are pushing companies to move beyond a Black Lives Matter statement, and make real change.  Read Catherine's TechCrunch piece: Learn more about the TechEquity Collaborative: Send us an email at 
Sep 01, 2020
BONUS: Aaron Coleman and minimizing revenge porn
In this week’s episode we spoke to attorney Carrie Goldberg about her fight against revenge porn. In that ep, we briefly mentioned Aaron Coleman, the winner of the Kansas State House of Representatives Democratic primary and his history of revenge porn. In this supplementary ep, Bridget gives a little more information about his case, how it played out, and what it tells us about how society minimizes revenge porn. Listen to Carrie Goldberg’s episode: Background on Aaron Coleman the New York Times: Read more on Coleman’s history of recent abuse:
Aug 29, 2020
Building a Better Internet with Carrie Goldberg
When an abusive ex threatened to ruin Carrie Goldberg’s life, she needed a lawyer who specialized in revenge porn. Only one didn’t exist. So Carrie became the lawyer she needed. Now, she’s fighting to make the internet a safer place.
Aug 25, 2020
Going Boldly with Blair Imani
Historian, activist, and author Blair Imani caused a stir with her Islamicized Star Trek cosplay. She explains how Star Trek helped her live long and prosper. Check out her cosplay here: Say hi at
Aug 18, 2020
After 1 month of TANGOTI, we're doing a bonus interview with host Bridget Todd about why she created this podcast and what's next.
Aug 15, 2020
What Vanessa Guillén Can Tell Us About Disinformation
After Vanessa Guillén's tragic death, her story was used to fuel disinformation and hate online
Aug 11, 2020
How The Matrix Explains a Trans Experience
Vox’s Emily VanDerWerff talks about the 1999 film The Matrix as an allegory for the trans experience. Donate to House of Tulip: Read Emily’s piece on The Matrix:
Aug 04, 2020
Talia Jane vs Yelp
After Talia Jane called out Yelp for failing to pay a living wage, she became the "entitled millennial" poster child. But she was actually right. Read the Wired profile on Talia's life: Read Talia's Medium piece:
Jul 28, 2020
Writer Keah Brown created the #DisabledAndCute movement to celebrate how people with disabilities love their bodies. She talks about the ways disability shows up online and off. TANGOTI.COM for transcripts and more
Jul 21, 2020
Tune Into: Disabled and Cute
Join Bridget as she talks to writer and digital activist Keah Brown who created a hashtag that celebrates people with disabilities. #DisabledAndCute Each and every Tuesday catch a new episode of There Are No Girls On the Internet!
Jul 16, 2020
How Black Women Tried to Save Twitter
After Shafiqah Hudson uncovered bad actors pretending to be Black women on Twitter, spreading disinformation and discord, she sounded the alarm to Twitter officials. Unfortunately, they ignored her. So she created the hashtag #YourSlipIsShowing to help stamp them out herself.
Jul 14, 2020
Tune Into: How Black Women Tried to Save Twitter
Join the conversation with Bridget and Shafiqah Hudson as she explains how she outed an army of bots pretending to be Black women on Twitter. Each and every Tuesday catch a new episode of There Are No Girls On the Internet!
Jul 11, 2020
July 7th is Blackout Day 2020, an initiative meant to protest police brutality and racial injustice. Here’s the complicated story behind the original Black Out Day created by Mars Sebastian. In an interview that’s both hilarious and heartbreaking, Mars talks about her fight to be more than a footnote in the digital movement she created.
Jul 07, 2020
Jeffrery Epstein, MIT and the Grad Student Who Spoke Up
You might know that connections to convicted sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein led to the resignation of the director of the MIT Media Lab, Joi Ito, after a Ronan Farrow exposé. But fewer people know that Arwa Mboya, a Kenyan virtual reality programmer and MIT student, bravely called for Ito to step down before Farrow’s piece. Mboya talks about how the bravery and community of women and girls gave her the courage to take a stand.
Jul 07, 2020
How Women Built the Internet
Claire Evans is one half of the band Yacht. She’s also a tech historian who archives women’s contributions in tech and computing in her book Broadband. Claire lays out how women were always at the forefront of technology and computing and how our contributions were erased over time.
Jul 07, 2020
Introducing: There Are No Girls on the Internet
Marginalized voices have always been at the forefront of the internet, yet our stories often go overlooked. Bridget Todd chronicles our experiences online, and the ways marginalized voices have shaped the internet from the very beginning. We need monuments to all of the identities that make being online what it is. So let’s build them.
Jun 26, 2020