SXSW changes course, decided to highlight online harassment

Polygon reported the reversal, good move for South By, even if they did not really have a choice.

Forrest goes on to acknowledge the community response. In an effort to make up for the loss of the panels, which remain canceled, the organization has invited those previously-scheduled panelists as well as a number of other speakers to discuss online harassment.

Cyber abuse was the subject of one of the two panel discussions no longer set to occur during the festival. “Level Up,” hosted by experts on combating online abuse, was shut down by the event’s organizers due to security concerns. “SavePoint,” sponsored by the GamerGate-parroting Open Gaming Society and meant to address “ethics in video games’ media [sic],” was the other panel taken off the schedule.
— Allegra Frank, Polygon