Filmmaker & Poet
Cynthia Lowen is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. She’s the director and producer of NETIZENS, a feature documentary about three women who are the targets of online harassment, following as they confront digital abuse and strive for equality and justice online. Produced in association with Ruth Ann Harnisch, and with Abigail Disney as executive producer, the film is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. Read More >
An Issue We Can Solve Together
Bully: The Story Behind the Scenes
Director Cynthia Lowen takes us behind the scenes in this illuminating presentation about her timely new film NETIZENS, a feature documentary about women and online harassment. Making its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, NETIZENS depicts three women whose lives are transformed by online harassment, bearing witness as they confront digital abuse and strive for equality and justice online. In this watershed moment for gender equality, Cynthia delves into her process and how this film speaks to the most pressing issues of our day.
School communities can be radically altered with the click of a button—and what happens online rarely stays online. In this powerful and pertinent talk, filmmaker Cynthia Lowen discusses the profound impact social networking sites, apps and digital backchannels have on learning environments, and the ways online harassment and discrimination seep offline. Cynthia explores how schools can constructively address online harassment and prevent digital abuse in their communities.
The internet is a major dimension of our workplaces today and directly relates to our prospects for success. In this illuminating and practical talk, Cynthia discusses how social media platforms, search engines and online activities are entering our offices, and how online harassment can impact morale and production. Cynthia also outlines how employers can recognize when a potential candidate’s digital footprint is a sign of harassment or abuse, and how to respond when employers themselves become the targets of reputation-harming online harassment.
"Cynthia was very well received by attendees. Many attendees expressed gratitude for being able to open up dialogue about the issue of bullying, and Cynthia was great at encouraging attendees to get involved at their schools and in their classrooms."